The Lampasas River Watershed Partnership will host a Lone Star Healthy Streams workshop on April 19 at the Lampasas County Annex Conference Room at 409 S. Pecan St., Suite 102, Lampasas.
The workshop is a joint effort with Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
The free program will run from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., with light refreshments provided by Hill Country SWCD #534.
Preregistration is required at tx.ag/LSHSLampasas22 or by calling the AgriLife Extension office in Lampasas County at 512-556-8271.
The program will focus on the Lampasas River watershed and will discuss basic watershed function, water quality and specific best management practices that can be implemented to help minimize bacterial contamination originating from livestock and feral hogs.
Two Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education credits for pesticide applicators are available in the integrated pest management category.
Voluntary implementation of best management practices that address pollutant contributions from livestock and feral hogs was identified by the Lampasas River Watershed Partnership as a way for landowners to help improve water quality in the watershed.
“This workshop is part of the outreach and education strategy of the Lampasas River Watershed Protection Plan,” said Lisa Prcin, AgriLife Research watershed coordinator for the Lampasas River Watershed, Temple.
The Lampasas River Watershed Partnership, facilitated by AgriLife Research – Temple and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, is comprised of area residents and other stakeholders from across the watershed.
“The partnership has worked diligently to develop a watershed protection plan to address water quality concerns within the watershed by evaluating water quality issues and making recommendations for voluntary pollutant load reductions and management measures,” Prcin said.
The watershed includes parts of Bell, Burnet, Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, Mills and Williamson counties. More information on this project will be presented at the workshop.
Lone Star Healthy Streams Program
“The goal of the Lone Star Healthy Streams program is to educate Texas livestock producers and landowners about how to best protect Texas waterways from bacterial contamination associated with beef cattle, sheep, goats and feral hogs,” said Leanne Wiley, AgriLife Extension program specialist and Lone Star Healthy Streams instructor, Bryan-College Station.
Funding for this effort is provided through a 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 workshop, contact Wiley at 979-318-2617 or email@example.com; Prcin at 254-774-6008 or firstname.lastname@example.org; or Heath Lusty, AgriLife Extension agent for Lampasas County, at 512-556-8271 or email@example.com..
To learn more about the partnership’s implementation efforts and download a digital copy of the Lampasas River Watershed Protection Plan, visit Lampasas River Watershed Protection Plan.