New Waves October 2008

Breaking news about water resources research and education in Texas

Watershed Steward programs offered in Comanche and Weslaco

Texas Watershed Steward training programs aimed at helping citizens improve and protect their water resources are making their way around Texas. Two upcoming workshops are planned for the Leon River and Arroyo Colorado watersheds.

The Leon River Watershed Steward program is Oct. 30 at the Comanche Community Center in Comanche, Texas, and an Arroyo Colorado workshop is set for Nov. 20 at Rio Farms in Monte Alto, Texas. Both training events will last from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the scheduled date.

Those who partake in the free, one-day educational workshops will learn about watershed systems, water quality regulation and monitoring, and methods to improve water quality.

Texas AgriLife Extension Service program specialist Jennifer Peterson said, "Texas Watershed Stewards is a great way to get involved and make a difference in your watershed."

The training sessions will provide the necessary resources to form a watershed action group, organize local watershed activities, and get involved in community-driven watershed protection and management, Peterson said.

Along with the training, workshop participants will receive a copy of the Texas Watershed Steward Curriculum Handbook and a certificate of completion. Pre-registration for the events is now open and required.

The Texas Watershed Steward program is sponsored by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board. These organizations work to improve water quality by partnering with the Brazos River Authority on the Leon River Watershed project, and the Texas A&M AgriLife Texas Water Resources Institute on the Arroyo Colorado Watershed effort.

For more information about the Texas Watershed Steward program, and to pre-register for workshops, visit http://tws.tamu.edu.

For more information on the Arroyo Colorado Watershed, visit http://www.arroyocolorado.org. (Portions of this story are from AgNews)

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