Water Day event slated for May 21 in Castroville

CASTROVIILE — A Water Day event called “Let’s Talk About Water” will be presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Nueces River Authority, from 9 a.m.-noon on May 21 at the Landmark Inn, 402 Florence St., Castroville.

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The Water Day “Let’s Talk About Water” program will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on May 21 at the Landmark Inn, 402 Florence St. in Castroville. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Jason Ott)

“Even places that historically have been able to provide adequate water to their population face occasional water shortages,” said Jason Ott, AgriLife Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources, Medina County. “For example, in 2011 Texas suffered the worst single-year drought in recorded history, with economic losses to the agricultural sector alone estimated at more than $7.6 billion.”

Ott said the event will be an opportunity for people to learn more about water availability issues affecting the region and to get information on some of the techniques and initiatives in place for conserving precious water resources.

The agenda begins with registration from 9-9:30 a.m. and presentations will include:

–“Resource Conservation through Education,” Sky Lewey, resource protection and education director, Nueces River Authority, Uvalde.

–“Our Aquifer: Conserving and Managing Groundwater,” Dr. Calvin Finch, director, Water Conservation and Technology Center, part of the Texas A&M University System, San Antonio.

–“Rainwater: How To Catch It and What To Do With It,” Ott, Hondo.

–“The 40-Gallon Challenge,” Chet Smith, AgriLife Extension agent, Uvalde.

The cost for the Water Day program is $15. Attendees are requested to RSVP to the AgriLife Extension office for Medina County at 830-741-6180 by May 17.

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