New Waves June 2011

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Mark your calendar: Watershed planning short course Nov. 14–18 in Bandera

The Texas Water Resources Institute will be presenting a Texas Watershed Planning Short Course Nov. 14–18 in Bandera. The course will be held at the Mayan Dude Ranch, 350 Mayan Ranch Rd., about 47 miles northwest of San Antonio.

“Well-considered holistic watershed protection plans involving as many stakeholders as possible in their development are becoming the widely accepted approach to protecting Texas surface waters,” said Kevin Wagner, an associate director at the institute and course leader.

“This is one of the few courses in the country that builds upon the nine essential elements for watershed planning as identified by the Environmental Protection Agency,” he said “People attending this course will come out better prepared to develop watershed protection plans according to EPA guidelines.”

In addition to EPA’s nine elements, the weeklong course provides watershed coordinators and water resource professionals with guidance on stakeholder coordination, education, and outreach; data collection and analysis; and the tools available for plan development. This information is presented through lectures and case studies, Wagner said. Upon completion, participants will receive continuing education units from the National Registry of Environmental Professionals.

The course is funded by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Course registration is $350 if postmarked by Oct. 10 and $375 until Nov. 10. For more information on the course, registration and lodging, go to or contact Wagner at or Courtney Smith at

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