Trinity River basin webinars focus on land and water management

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu

Contact: Blake Alldredge, 979-845-0916, balldredge@tamu.edu

 

COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Trinity Waters, a conservation organization based in the Trinity River basin, will conduct three webinars for landowners in the Trinity River basin.

Trinity River flowing past the Highway 84 bridge in Freestone County. (Photo by Blake Alldredge, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service)

Trinity River flowing past the Highway 84 bridge in Freestone County. (Photo by Blake Alldredge, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service)

The webinars center on the importance of proper land stewardship and water conservation to ensure future water for rural and urban areas that depend on the Trinity River.

To view the webinars go to http://forestrywebinar.net/ and select the webinar title under “Upcoming Webinars.”

The webinars, all scheduled from noon-1 p.m., are:

– Treasuring the Trinity: Challenges and Opportunities, July 11.

– Turning Your Land into a Sponge, Aug. 8.

– Meeting the Water Needs for Texans and Wildlife, Sept. 12.

Blake Alldredge, AgriLife Extension associate education and outreach coordinator for Trinity Waters at College Station and webinar presenter, recommends visiting the website at least three days prior to the webinar to ensure computer compatibility. He said the latest Java version is required.

“Since the Trinity River provides water for more than 40 percent of the state’s residents, the background and proper land stewardship offered through these webinars should help landowners enhance their property’s productivity and sustainability while greatly benefitting many other Texans,” Alldredge said.

The first webinar will introduce participants to the issues surrounding the Trinity River basin and the partnerships involved with the conservation effort, Alldredge said. The second program will focus on actual water conservation strategies, which will lay the groundwork for the final webinar that deals with meeting the water needs of landowners, wildlife and the state.

“While these webinars were developed for landowners, anyone interested in knowing how conservation efforts impact water quality and quantity in urban areas is welcome and encouraged to participate,” Alldredge said.

The Building Partnerships for Cooperative Conservation in the Trinity River Basin project is managed by the Texas Water Resources Institute and funded by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board through a Clean Water Act grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

For more information on the webinars or the Building Partnerships for Cooperative Conservation in the Trinity River Basin project, visit the Trinity Waters website at http://trinitywaters.org/.

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