A Texas Watershed Steward workshop on water quality for the Village Creek – Lake Arlington watershed will be held on July 25 at the Russell Farm Art Center in Burleson.
The event will be presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board in cooperation with the Trinity River Authority of Texas and the City of Burleson.
The event will be from 12:30-4:30 p.m. at the art center, located at 405 W. County Road 714. Doors will open at noon with a lunch sponsored by the City of Burleson and the Trinity River Authority to those who register by end of day on July 21 or when capacity is reached.
The workshop is free and open to anyone interested in improving water quality in the region. Participants must preregister at https://tx.ag/TWSRegistration or by calling 979-862-4457. Additional meeting information will be provided after pre-registration is completed.
Light refreshments will be provided in addition to the lunch. Attendees will receive a copy of the Texas Watershed Steward Handbook and are eligible to earn a certificate of completion.
“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.
Village Creek – Lake Arlington watershed educational programs held
The workshop will include a discussion on watershed systems and the types and sources of pollution that may be faced. A group discussion on community-driven watershed protection and management and an overview of water quality as it relates to local watershed management will follow.
The public is encouraged to attend and learn about water quality management and how they may become involved with maintaining the water quality of the Village Creek – Lake Arlington watershed through best management practices.
Continuing education opportunities
Three general CEUs are offered for Texas Department of Agriculture private pesticide applicator license holders, and two credits are offered for nutrient management specialists.
There will be four hours of continuing education units for the following professional disciplines, including 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 hours. The quantity of CEUs offered may vary for select disciplines.
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.
For questions regarding professional continuing education afforded to attendees, contact Kuitu.
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 Village Creek – Lake Arlington watershed, contact Heather Firn at 817-467-4343, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Author: Rob Williams