Texas Watershed workshop set May 22

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A Texas Watershed Steward workshop on water quality and availability issues related to the Pedernales River will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 22, at the Hill Country University Center.

The no-cost training is open to anyone interested in improving the land and watershed quality of the Pedernales River area, coordinators said.

Participants are encouraged to preregister at http://tws.tamu.edu.

The program is presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board in coordination with the Hill Country Alliance.

“The workshop is designed to help watershed residents improve and protect their water resources by becoming involved in local watershed protection and management activities,” said Brad Roeder, AgriLife Extension Agent, Gillespie County. “It will include an overview of water quality and watershed management in Texas, but will primarily focus on the Pedernales River, including current efforts to help improve and protect this important water source.”

The training will include a discussion of watershed systems, types and sources of water pollution and ways to improve and protect water quality, he said.

There also will be a group discussion on community-driven watershed protection and management.

“Surface water in the Pedernales River is a critical source of water in the area,” said Christy Muse, executive director of the Hill Country Alliance. “We are working to bring people together who share a common interest in protecting and preserving the Pedernales.”

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