New Waves October 2011

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November Watershed Planning Short Course will provide comprehensive training

Watershed Short Course participants The Texas Water Resources Institute will host the 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.

“This is one of the few courses that builds upon the nine essential elements for watershed planning as identified by the Environmental Protection Agency,” said Kevin Wagner, an associate director at the institute and course leader. “The goal of the Texas Watershed Planning Short Course is to equip watershed coordinators and water professionals with the tools they need for effective watershed protection efforts.”

Through lectures and case studies, the weeklong course provides guidance on stakeholder coordination, education, and outreach; data collection and analysis; and the tools available for plan development.

Individuals interested in or responsible for watershed protection and restoration, including employees and volunteers with federal, state, county, and local agencies; soil and water conservation districts; universities; consulting firms; non-governmental organizations; and watershed groups will benefit from this course. It will be especially beneficial to those pursuing or receiving Clean Water Act Section 319(h) Grant funds.

Course registration is $375 and does not include lodging and meals. A block of rooms at the Mayan Dude Ranch has been reserved at a special rate of $121 per night, which includes all meals as well as lodging. Reservations must be made by Nov. 10 to receive this special rate, and participants should identify themselves as program attendees when making reservations.

A grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides funding for the course.

For more information, visit or contact Courtney Smith at or 979.862.2299.

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