Watershed Planning Program recognized with UCOWR award

2017 Texas Watershed Planning Shortcourse. (Photo by Ed Rhodes.)

The Universities Council on Water Resources (UCOWR) recently named the Texas Watershed Planning Program the recipient of the 2024 UCOWR Education and Public Service Award.

The Texas Watershed Planning Program was developed by the Texas Water Resources Institute in 2006 with input from content experts around the United States, including federal and state agency staff, academics and experts in the field of watershed planning. The program aimed to provide practical content to effectively teach practitioners the skills, knowledge and techniques needed to develop watershed-based plans.

Since its inception, the program has conducted 91 courses and counting that have trained over 3,500 practitioners in watershed planning, water quality monitoring, data analysis, watershed-based modeling, stakeholder facilitation, practice implementation and more.

Kevin Wagner, Ph.D., now director of the Oklahoma Water Resources Center and professor of plant and soil sciences at Oklahoma State University, led the development of the program. Lucas Gregory, Ph.D., associate director of the Texas Water Resources Institute, currently leads the program and was a student of the program's first course in 2008.

UCOWR award recipients are nominated by UCOWR delegates, and 2024 honorees will be recognized at an awards banquet during the annual conference Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Learn more about the Texas Watershed Planning Program at texaswpp.twri.tamu.edu.


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