Fieldwork is fun but taking water training online means TWRI’s educational reach has expanded. Online formats also offer the opportunity for greater accessibility.
The Texas Watershed Planning Short Course project provides the needed training and promotes sustainable proactive approaches to managing water quality throughout the state. This weeklong course provides participants with guidance on stakeholder coordination, education and outreach; meeting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) nine key elements of a watershed protection plan; data collection and analysis; and the tools available for plan development. This information is presented through lectures and case studies.
After completing the short course, participants are invited to attend Texas Watershed Coordinator Roundtables, held biannually, to discuss current issues and updates to watershed protection plans, discuss strategies for successful implementation and answer questions or concerns.
Additional workshops are offered to further assist watershed coordinators with effective stakeholder engagement to address watershed issues. The Stakeholder Facilitation Training aims to highlight tools used to effectively identify, engage and involve stakeholders throughout a watershed to restore and maintain healthy environmental conditions.
Other courses developed include an Introduction to Modeling training; Finding Success for Science through Social Media & Marketing training; Applied Environmental Statistics training; training on Implementing Watershed Based Plans; training on Urban BMPs for Watershed Planning; training on Agricultural BMPs for Watershed Planning; and Fundamentals of Developing a Water Quality Monitoring Plan.
Dr. Lucas Gregory currently serves as an assistant director and quality assurance officer for TWRI.
TR-503 Texas Watershed Planning Training Project Final Report 2017
K. Wagner, N. Dictson, C. Entwistle
TWRI offers watershed monitoring, planning to stakeholders
The Texas Water Resources Institute has published the newsletter, Natural Resources Training Courses Update, with a list of scheduled trainings for 2020.
Almost every watershed coordinator in the state has now attended and benefited from the Texas Watershed Planning Program of the Texas Water Resources Institute.
The Texas Water Resources Institute is offering two Watershed Planning Program trainings for watershed coordinators and other water professionals involved in watershed-based planning in Texas.
The Texas Water Resources Institute will host a Texas watershed coordinator roundtable Jan. 31 in Waco for water and natural resource professionals.
The Texas Water Resources Institute will host an Implementing Watershed Plans Training Dec. 17 in College Station for watershed coordinators and water and natural resource professionals.
The Texas Water Resources Institute will host an Agricultural Best Management Practices for Watershed Planning Training Oct 10. in Reisel for watershed coordinators and water professionals.
The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) is holding two trainings in College Station in July for water resources professionals as part of its Texas Watershed Planning Program.
The Texas Watershed Planning Program of the Texas Water Resources Institute(TWRI) will hold a social media workshop for natural resources professionals April 13-14 at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, 12100 Park 35 Circle in Austin.
The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) Texas Watershed Planning Program is hosting a two-course series on watershed stakeholder engagement for water and natural resources professionals June 13-14 in Dallas.