A Texas Watershed Steward workshop on water quality related to the Lower Neches River and the Sandy and Wolf creeks will be held from 1-5 p.m. on May 3 at the Jasper County Courthouse Annex, 271 E. Lamar St. in Jasper.
“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, Bryan-College Station.
The workshop is free and open to anyone interested in improving water quality in the region. To attend, participants must preregister at the Texas Watershed Steward website or by calling 979-862-4457.
“Once registered, additional meeting information will be provided,” Kuitu said.
Helping improve water quality in the lower Neches River watershed
The workshop will include a discussion on watershed systems, and types and sources of water pollution. There also will be a group discussion on community-driven watershed protection and management and an overview of water quality as it relates to watershed management at the local level.
The public is encouraged to attend and learn not only about water quality management, but also how they may become involved in maintaining the water quality of the Neches River and its tributaries through best management practices. Though the workshop emphasizes local water resources, the information remains applicable to all waters throughout the region.
Light refreshments will be provided. Workshop attendees will receive a copy of the Texas Watershed Steward Handbook and are eligible to earn a certificate of completion.
Continuing education opportunities
The Texas Watershed Steward program offers continuing education units, CEUs, for multiple professional disciplines. However, the quantity of continuing education offered may vary for select disciplines.
For workshop attendees, four hours of continuing education is offered for the following professional disciplines: soil and water management for certified crop advisers, professional engineers, certified teachers, professional geoscientists and certified floodplain managers. American Institute of Certified Planners are eligible for four certification maintenance and one law hour. Four CEUs are also offered 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, three general CEUs are offered for Texas Department of Agriculture private pesticide applicator license holders, and two credits are offered for nutrient management specialists. For questions regarding professional continuing education afforded to attendees, contact Kuitu at 979-862-4457 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, contact Kuitu or Caitlin Gallegos at 409-384-3721, email@example.com.
For more information on the lower Neches River watershed, contact Michael Schramm at 979-314-2356, or firstname.lastname@example.org.