Rainwater catchment and landscaping seminar set for Nov. 30 in Alpine

ALPINE – The Texas AgriLife Extension Service will conduct Rainwater Catchment and Landscaping in Times of Drought from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 30 in the Brewster County Courthouse Annex-Commissioners Courtroom in Alpine.

The seminar is a joint effort between the AgriLife Extension offices in Presidio and Brewster/Jeff Davis counties.

Three Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units – two general and one integrated pest management – will be available for those with a private applicator’s license.

“Dry weather is a fact of life in far West Texas, but the drier it gets, the more important it is to ‘catch and hold’ what rain we do receive through rainwater harvesting equipment and by planting water-smart landscapes,” said Jesse Lea Schneider, AgriLife Extension agent in Presidio County. “That’s what this seminar is all about. We want to bring homeowners up to date on the latest in rainfall harvesting and water-friendly landscape strategies, and we think we have the topics and speakers to accomplish that.”

The seminar topics will include: an overview of rainwater harvesting; recycling in the landscape; water quality of wells and rainwater; and winter care of rainwater harvesting systems, native landscape plants and trees.

The seminar will conclude with a tour of a recycling facility.

Individual registration is $10 due at the door.

For more information, contact Schneider at 432-729-4746, target=”_blank”>jlschneider@ag.tamu.edu ,or Logan Boswell, AgriLife Extension agent in Brewster/Jeff Davis Counties at 432-837-6207, l-boswell@tamu.edu.

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