Watershed: Water Quality Training March 8th

March 6th, 2017 by

Water quality training March 8 in Denton, Texas to focus on Hickory Creek watershed

Word of the Month:
Watershed: A geographic area or drainage basin, where all the water, sediments, all liquids are collected and drained into one common body of water.

The other day I was thinking how we could be better advocates for agriculture. Being an advocate starts by staying current on local, regional and national topics as well as understanding and sharing your own agricultural education with others. A good way to stay informed is to attend a Texas Watershed Steward workshop on water quality related to the Hickory Creek watershed. It will be held from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. on March 8th, 2017 at the Denton County Elections Administration Building, located at 701 Kimberly Dr. in Denton, Texas. Light refreshments and continuing education units (CEUs) will be provided.

The workshop is presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board in cooperation with the City of Denton.

This workshop is designed to assist watershed residents to improve and protect their water resources by becoming involved in Hickory Creek watershed protection and management activities. The workshop is free and open to anyone interested in improving water quality in the region. Participants are encouraged to preregister at the Texas Watershed Steward website at http://tws.tamu.edu.

The workshop will include a discussion of watershed systems, types and sources of water pollution, and ways to improve and protect water quality. There also will be a group discussion on community-driven watershed protection and management.

Hickory Creek’s watershed, located entirely in Denton County, is an important water resource and tributary of Lewisville Lake. Because of Hickory Creek’s importance, a Watershed Protection Plan was created to preserve and enhance the quality of its waters.  I encourage local residents and other stakeholders to attend the workshop to gain information about water resources, water quality improvement, and protection.

If I am going to ask you to attend a workshop, I want to make sure that we can provide you the best information and any pertinent Continuing Education Units (CEUs). 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:

  • three general continuing education units (CEUs) are offered for Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide license holders (must have fifteen CEUs within five years)
  • four CEUs in soil and water management for Certified Crop Advisers
  • four units for professional engineers and certified planners
  • four credits for certified teachers
  • two credits for nutrient management specialists
  • four professional development hours are available for professional geoscientists
  • four for certified landscape architects
  • three for certified floodplain managers
  • four continuing education credits are offered for each of the following Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) occupational licensees:
    • wastewater system operators
    • public water system operators
    • on-site sewage facility installers
    • landscape irrigators

Participating in the Texas Watershed Steward program is a great opportunity to get involved and make a difference in your watershed. It is also a good way to ensure that agriculture’s voice is being heard.

The Texas Watershed Steward program is funded through a Clean Water Act nonpoint source grant from the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

For more information on the Texas Watershed Steward program and to preregister, go to http://tws.tamu.edu or contact Michael Kuitu at 979-862-4457, [email protected]; or Annis at 940-349-2894, [email protected]  

For information on the watershed protection efforts for the Hickory Creek Watershed, contact David Hunter at 940-349-7123, [email protected]