Texas Watershed Planning Training Project Final Report 2013
K. Wagner, N. Dictson
Through a coordinated effort led by the Texas Water Resources Institute, the institute partnered with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWB), TCEQ, EPA, Texas State University-River Systems Institute and the Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research (TIAER) to develop and conduct the watershed planning training project.
The Short Course, the main course of the project, provides guidance on stakeholder coordination, education and outreach; meeting EPA’s nine key elements of a watershed protection plan; data collection and analysis; and tools available for plan development. Watershed professionals use these tools to work with stakeholders for successful watershed planning efforts.
Along with the Short Courses, water professionals are invited to attend biannual Texas Watershed Coordinator Roundtables.
The institute has extended its efforts in watershed training programs by developing and conducting three additional courses: Watershed Modeling using Load Duration Curves (LDC) and the Spatially Explicit Load Enrichment Calculation Tool (SELECT); Introduction to Modeling Courses; and Fundamentals to Developing a Water Quality Monitoring Plan. The institute also coordinated and hosted Stakeholder Facilitation Workshops with Tetra Tech.
The first in the state and only course in the country on the required EPA nine elements, this project has educated more than 718 water professionals from July 2011-November 2013, ensuring watershed protection efforts are adequately implemented and improving water quality restoration efforts statewide.