Trinity River Land and Water Summit set Oct. 2 in Athens

Ag Commissioner, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association official to speak

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

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

 

ATHENS – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Trinity Waters will conduct the Trinity River Land and Water Summit from 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Cain Center, 915 S. Palestine St. in Athens.

The summit will address water quality and watershed management issues in the middle Trinity River Basin, said Blake Alldredge, AgriLife Extension associate education and outreach coordinator for Trinity Waters at College Station.

There is no cost for the event or accompanying breakfast and lunch, but an RSVP is required. RSVP online at http://nrt.tamu.edu/schedule , then go to Trinity River Land and Water Summit or contact Alldredge at 979-845-0916, balldredge@tamu.edu .

Two Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units in the general category will be offered.

“The goal of the summit is to work with landowners and other stakeholders to prioritize watersheds for future planning efforts and to develop monitoring strategies in those watersheds,” Alldredge said. “Cattle producers are key to solving water resource challenges in the Trinity River Basin, so cattle production will be the major focus of the summit.

The event’s scheduled keynote speakers are Bob McCan, president-elect of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Todd Staples, Texas Commissioner of Agriculture.

Alldredge said landowners attending the summit can learn how watershed management strategies result in greater land productivity and sustainability, and how those efforts can benefit the 45 percent of all Texans who depend on the Trinity River to meet their water needs.

“Landowners are highly encouraged to attend to be part of future efforts to improve the water, agriculture and wildlife resources of the Trinity River basin,” Alldredge said.

Other presentation topics will include the value of watershed monitoring and land stewardship benefits to society. The summit will also include a panel of experts who will discuss the importance of the urban-rural connection in the Trinity River Basin and address attendees’ questions.

Planning efforts for the following watersheds will be discussed: Richland-Chambers Reservoir in Navarro, Ellis, Hill and Johnson counties; Catfish Creek in Henderson and Anderson counties; Tehuacana Creek in Navarro, Limestone and Freestone counties; Upper Keechi Creek in Freestone and Leon counties; and Bedias Creek in Grimes, Walker and Madison counties.

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.

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