Water Wise Living Conference set for April 15-16 in Dumas

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu
Contact: Marcel Fischbacher, 806-935-2594, mhfischbacher@ag.tamu.edu 

DUMAS – A Water Wise Living Conference will be held April 15-16 at the Moore County Community Building, 1600 S. Maddox Ave., Dumas.

The program is a joint effort of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Moore County, Moore County Extension Leadership Advisory Board and North Plains Groundwater Conservation District.

The program will be held from 7-9 p.m. both days and will feature residential water conservation presentations on topics ranging from rainwater harvesting to lawn irrigation efficiency, according to Marcel Fischbacher, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent in Moore County.

Cost is $10, payable at the door, and covers both evenings, Fischbacher said.

A keynote speaker for the event will be Panhandle freelance writer/retired rancher/historian Delbert Trew from Alanreed. Trew’s presentation on April 15 is titled “Water in the Panhandle in 1000 years.”

Also featured Monday night will be rainwater harvesting expert Billy Kniffen, former AgriLife Extension statewide water resource specialist and county agent. Kniffen also has been a director and education coordinator for the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association and helped organize the Texas Rainwater Catchment Association, serving as its first president.

He and his wife, Mary, live in Menard in a home solely dependent upon harvested rainwater for drinking and other household and landscape water needs.

Rounding out the Monday night lineup is Mike Caldwell, conservationist with U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service in Dumas.

The April 16 lineup includes Bob Hatton, Amarillo Globe-News columnist and former executive director of the Amarillo Botanical Gardens. He will cover the topic of “Common Sense Gardening.” Hatton says his approach considers the climate, while providing a framework of information to allow gardeners to customize their landscape to fit their lifestyle.

Other presenters that evening will be Arbie Taylor, public works director for the City of Dumas; Rick Stevens, president of Texas Panhandle Irrigation Association from Sunray; and Kirk Welch, North Plains Groundwater Conservation District assistant general manager-outreach in Dumas.

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