Fieldwork is fun but taking water training online means TWRI’s educational reach has expanded. Online formats also offer the opportunity for greater accessibility.
Sustaining Watershed Organization
Stakeholder input is essential and local presence is required for long-term stability. One size does not fit all when it comes to organization structure, coordination, or funding.
Models for Sustainability
Local, State, and Federal governments sometimes allocate permanent funding for local resource protection (Example: National Estuary Programs)
Require legislative action for creation (Example: River Authorities; Underground Water Conservation Districts)
Tax exempt organizations under Section 501(c) of the U.S. Tax Code (Example: Foundations' Trusts)
- Noted for their ability to create and sustain grass-roots stewardship
- Self-funded (usually rely on donations and grants)
- Often viewed as providing a counterbalance to government and industry
Interlocal/Intergovernmental Contractual Agreements (Example: Regional Planning Partnerships; Task Forces)
- Participation is strictly voluntary
- Funded through interlocal contracts
- Often administered by academic or other tax exempt organization
- Can provide services to local or regional governments in addition to fostering stewardship
Tax exempt organizations that also receive permanent support from local, state, or federal government (Example: Coastal Bend Bays Foundation)
Dr. Lucas Gregory currently serves as a senior research scientist 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.