Watershed Steward Workshop July 12th at A&M/UCT

A free Texas Watershed Steward workshop on water quality and management related to the Lampasas River and other area watersheds will be held from 1-5pm. July 12 at Texas A&M University-Central Texas in Killeen. The workshop will be held in the Founders Hall Building, 1001 Leadership Place. It's presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board in coordination with Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Lampasas River Watershed Partnership. Anyone interested in improving, or learning about, water quality in the Lampasas River and surrounding area is welcome to come, said workshop coordinators. Participants are encouraged to preregister online at http://tws.tamu.edu. A free sandwich lunch provided by HEB will begin at 12:30pm for attendees who preregister by July 10.

“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 Heidi Prude, AgriLife Extension agent in Bell County. It includes an overview of water quality and watershed management in Texas and will focus on the Lampasas River and current efforts to help improve and protect the health of important area water sources. “Surface water in the Lampasas River is a critical source of water in the area,” said Lisa Prcin, research associate with AgriLife Research in Temple.

“Stakeholders need to be armed with the knowledge to protect and restore water quality in the watershed.”Attendees will receive a copy of the Texas Watershed Steward Handbook and a certificate of completion. The program offers continuing education and professional development units in soil and water management for numerous professionals, teachers, water managers and even pesticide license holders.