About Short Course

Proper training of watershed coordinators and water professionals is needed to ensure that watershed protection efforts are adequately planned, coordinated and implemented. To provide this training, the Texas Watershed Planning Short Course was developed through a coordinated effort led by the Texas Water Resources Institute and funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through either the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality or Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board.

Since 2008, ten week-long Watershed Planning Short Courses have been hosted, providing training to over 242 watershed professionals on sustainable proactive approaches to managing water quality throughout the state. The Watershed Planning Short Course provides guidance on stakeholder coordination, education, and outreach; meeting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's nine key elements of a watershed protection plan; data collection and analysis; and the tools available for plan development.

What previous participants say about the Texas Watershed Planning Short Course:

"Thanks again for assembling another great training"
"Great job AgriLife folks! Thanks for all of your hard work putting this course together in a condensed version, while retaining essential pieces. Very well done."
"Thank you for the immense amount of work that went into presenting this course! So many great people."

Knowledge gained in previous Texas Watershed Planning Short Courses:

Lucas Gregory

Lucas Gregory, Ph.D., currently serves as associate director of research – physical sciences.


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.