The first Rainwater Reveille event will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 22 at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 1619 Garner Field Road in Uvalde, Texas.
The event is free and open to the public. It will be presented by Texas AgriLife Research in conjunction with the Wintergarden Groundwater Conservation District, Uvalde County Underground Water Conservation District, and the Nueces River Authority. The Rainwater Reveille event, like the name implies, is a call to "wake up and hear the raindrops," according to Dr. Susan Cooper, an AgriLife Research wildlife scientist at the center and the event's co-organizer. There will be fun and educational activities for the entire family centered around rainwater harvesting and water conservation, she says.
Cooper says Texas AgriLife Research and the Nueces River Authority have a grant from the Wintergarden Groundwater Conservation District to encourage the use of harvested rainwater for landscaping. She says event displays and activities will include rainwater harvesting demonstrations and a rainwater garden, along with opportunities to visit information booths, and even meet the event mascot, "Bob the Raindrop."
"AgriLife will showcase a commercial-size-rainwater harvesting system and a house-size system that feeds into a demonstration garden, along with a drip-irrigation demonstration, and plots with drought-tolerant plants," Cooper adds.
She also notes Nueces River Authority will provide children games, and demonstration models of rainwater harvesting and a landscape model rainwater-catchment basin.
"We have held many educational events related to water conservation, but we are excited to be involved in Rainwater Reveille," says Victoria Herndon, education assistant with the Nueces River Authority. "We hope those attending the event will enjoy themselves while learning more about groundwater use and conservation in both rural and urban areas."
The Sahawe Indian Dancers perform at 2 p.m. on the front lawn of the center. For more information, contact Cooper at 830-278-9151 or by Email to firstname.lastname@example.org.