Watershed plan training April 3 in Riesel

Texas Water Resources Institute training focused on best management practices

Contacts: Nathan Glavy, 979-458-5915, nathan.glavy@ag.tamu.edu.

RIESEL — The Texas Water Resources Institute, or TWRI, will host an Agricultural Best Management Practices for Watershed Planning Training April 3 in Riesel for watershed coordinators and water professionals.

The training will be from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Riesel Lion’s Club, 1270 E. Frederick St. The cost is $50, which includes all materials, a catered fajita lunch and a certificate of completion at the end of the course.

Example of conservation tillage around the Arroyo Colorado Watershed. (Texas Water Resources Institute photo)

Registration is required by March 29. Participants can register online at http://bit.ly/2xthmNc or by email to nathan.glavy@ag.tamu.edu.

Nathan Glavy, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist with the TWRI in College Station, said agricultural best management practices are measures that help reduce the volume and pollutant load carried by surface stormwater runoff into rivers and lakes.

“This course will cover typical agricultural management measures used in watershed planning,” he said. “It will be an excellent overview for anyone interested in learning more about agricultural conservation practices for both cropping and livestock systems.”

Instructors for this course will include experts with watershed planning and agricultural conservation practices at the federal, state and local levels in Texas.

This training will also include a tour of the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service’s Grassland Research Center in Riesel to learn about on-the-ground agricultural best management practices.

Glavy encourages participants to dress casually and comfortably as they will be walking in the field in the afternoon.

More information can be found at nrt.tamu.edu/schedule/ or by contacting Glavy at 979-458-5915 or by email.

The training is part of TWRI’s Texas Watershed Planning Program. That program is designed for individuals interested in or responsible for watershed protection and restoration including employees and volunteers with federal, state, county and local agencies; soil and water conservation districts; universities; consulting firms; nongovernmental organizations; and watershed groups.

The Texas Watershed Planning Program is funded through a Clean Water Act nonpoint source grant provided by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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