Conservation Matters February 2018

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Rainwater harvesting and turf management training set for Feb. 22-23 in Kyle and San Antonio

Rainwater harvesting and turf management training set for Feb. 22-23 in Kyle and San Antonio

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Healthy Lawns and Healthy Waters (HLHW) Program is hosting two residential rainwater harvesting and turf management trainings in Kyle and San Antonio on Feb. 22 and 23, respectively.

Both events are free and open to the public. Participants at either training can also have their soil tested free of charge. Both trainings will have a review of how to assess soil test results and provide nutrient recommendations.

The HLHW Program aims to improve and protect surface water quality by enhancing awareness and knowledge of best management practices, coordinators said. Attendees will learn about the design and installation of residential rainwater harvesting systems and appropriate turf and landscape species based on local conditions.

The first training, in collaboration with the Plum Creek Watershed Partnership, will be from 1-5 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Kyle City Hall, 100 W. Center St. in Kyle.

The second training, in collaboration with the Upper San Antonio River Authority Watershed Partnership, will be from 1-5 p.m. Feb. 23 in the conference room at the  AgriLife Extension office in Bexar County, 3355 Cherry Ridge St. Suite 208 in San Antonio.

Seating is limited, so attendees for either program are requested to register at the HLHW website.

Those interested in either program can also contact John Smith, AgriLife Extension program specialist, College Station, at 979-845-2761 or johnwsmith@tamu.edu.

Reagan Hejl, research associate in the soil and crop sciences department, said soil samples will be submitted to the AgriLife Extension Soil, Water and Forage Testing Lab for routine analysis, including pH, conductivity, nitrate-nitrogen and other parameters.

Residents in the Plum Creek Watershed area can pick up a soil sample bag with sampling instructions from the AgriLife Extension office in Hays County at 200 Stillwater Drive, Wimberley, or in Caldwell County at 1403 Blackjack St. Suite B, Lockhart. For more information on that program or how to collect soil samples, contact the office in Hays County at 512-393-2120 or Caldwell County at 512-398-3122.

Residents in the Upper San Antonio River Watershed area can pick up a soil sample bag and instructions at the AgriLife Extension office in Bexar County. For more information on that program or how to collect soil samples, contact the office at 210-631-0400.

At the Kyle program, Nick Dornak, Plum Creek Watershed Partnership coordinator, will discuss updates on watershed protection plan activities to improve and protect water quality in Plum Creek. 

At the San Antonio program, Lee Marlowe, sustainable landscape ecologist at San Antonio River Authority, will discuss updates on watershed protection plan activities to improve and protect water quality in the San Antonio River.

Funding for the HLHW Program is provided in part through a Clean Water Act grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Texas Water Resources Institute manages the project.

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