A Texas Watershed Steward workshop on water quality related to the Angelina River will be held from 8 a.m.-noon on Jan. 31 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Smith County, 1517 W. Front St. in Tyler.
It will be presented by AgriLife Extension and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board in cooperation with the Texas Water Resources Institute, or TWRI.
The workshop is free and open to anyone interested in improving water quality in the region.
“This workshop is designed to help watershed residents learn about their water resources and how they may become involved in local watershed protection and management activities,” said Michael Kuitu, AgriLife Extension program specialist and coordinator for the Texas Watershed Steward program, College Station.
He said participants are encouraged to preregister at the Texas Watershed Steward website at https://tws.tamu.edu.
The workshop will include a discussion of watershed systems, along with the types and sources of water pollution. There also will be a group discussion on community-driven watershed protection and management.
“The workshop will provide an overview of water quality and watershed management in Texas with an emphasis on area water quality,” said Clint Perkins, AgriLife Extension agent for Smith County. “It will address local water resources but will be applicable to all waters in the region.”
“Public participation in the management of local water resources is highly encouraged,” said Anna Gitter, TWRI research assistant, College Station. “Therefore, we will be holding this workshop to not only provide education about water management practices but also to explain how to become involved for those interested.”
Attendees of the workshop will receive a copy of the Texas Watershed Steward Handbook and a certificate of completion.
The Texas Watershed Steward program offers four hours of continuing education for the following professional disciplines: soil and water management for certified crop advisers, professional engineers, certified teachers, professional geoscientists, certified landscape architects and certified floodplain managers. It also will offer four hours for each of the following Texas Commission on Environmental Quality occupational licensees: wastewater system operators, public water system operators, on-site sewage facility installers and landscape irrigators.
In addition, one general continuing education unit is offered for Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide license holders, and two credits are offered for nutrient management specialists. American Institute of Certified Planners members can receive four hours in certification maintenance and 1.5 hours in law.
“Participating in the Texas Watershed Steward program is a great opportunity to get involved and make a difference in your watershed,” said Perkins.
Funding for this effort is provided through a federal Clean Water Act nonpoint source grant administered by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
For more information on the Texas Watershed Steward program and to preregister, go to the website or contact Kuitu at 979-862-4457, email@example.com; or Perkins at 903-590-2980, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on watershed protection efforts for the Angelina River watershed, contact Gitter at 979-458-5962, email@example.com.