TR-525 Healthy Lawns and Healthy Waters Education Program

Authors: Diane Boellstorff, John W. Smith, Emily Monroe, Rebecca Bowling, Reagan Hejl, Joel Pigg

The Healthy lawns and Healthy Waters (HLHW) education program delivered 14 science-based, community-responsive programs across the state to 398 Texans. Through the Texas Water Resources Institute and the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences within Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texans have received free education focusing on turf management, soil testing, proper fertilization and pesticide application, efficient irrigation, and water resource management. The goal for this program has been to provide residents with a connection between home lawn care practices and the quality of water in their watershed. This report includes the presentations, pre- and post-tests, follow-up surveys, and an overview of the program from October 2017 through August 2020. It is a Clean Water Act Section 319(h) grant funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency through the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Contract No. 582-17-70356.