Water is a precious commodity in Texas nowadays.
A Texas Watershed Steward training workshop on water quality and availability issues related to Plum Creek will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 11 in the Fellowship Hall of First Lockhart Baptist Church, 315 West Prairie Lea in Lockhart.
The workshop is open to anyone interested in improving land and water issues relating to Plum Creek, coordinators say. Participants are encouraged to preregister online at http://tws.tamu.edu.
Training will be presented by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, in cooperation with the Plum Creek Watershed Partnership and Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority.
"The workshop is designed to help watershed residents improve and protect their water resources by becoming involved in local watershed protection and management activities," says Michael Haynes, Texas AgriLife Extension agent for Caldwell County.
Haynes says the workshop will include an overview of water quality and watershed management in Texas and primarily will focus on water quality issues relating to Plum Creek—including efforts to help improve and protect this important water source.
The training will include a discussion on 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.
Plum Creek historically has been very important to the area, and will continue to be in years to come," says Nick Dornak, Plum Creek watershed coordinator.
Dornak and others have been working to implement a watershed protection plant that was developed for Plum Creek in 2008. An update to that plan is scheduled to be released next month.
"Participating in the Texas Watershed Steward program is a great opportunity to get involved and make a difference in your watershed," says Galen Roberts, Texas AgriLife Extension Service program specialist and Texas Watershed Steward program coordinator.