AgriLife Extension announces Texas Water Star Conference June 6 in San Angelo

 

Conference stems from need for landscape drought survival

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

Contact: Allison Watkins, 325-659-6528, aewatkins@ag.tamu.edu

 

SAN ANGELO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct the Texas Water Star Conference from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 6 at the Tom Green County 4-H Building, 3168 N. U.S. Highway 67, San Angelo.

The conference is being sponsored by the City of San Angelo, said Allison Watkins, AgriLife Extension horticulturist for Tom Green County.

“This conference is a direct response of the AgriLife Extension staff in Tom Green and Runnels counties to our ongoing critical water conservation issue,” Watkins said. “Though homeowners are more than welcome to attend, the educational material to be presented will specifically target landscape professionals such as those who work with school districts; municipalities, including parks departments; golf courses; and large commercial properties, such as apartment building groundskeepers and commercial landscape maintenance firms.

“The goal of the Water Star program is to reach these entities and others in the community who are high users of water and share with them new technologies and best practices for water conservation and drought survival.”

Individual registration including lunch is $30, but a company or organization can send two or more employees for $25 each. Attendees can pay at the door but must preregister no later than May 30 by calling the AgriLife Extension office in San Angelo at 325-659-6528.

Watkins said vendor spots are available for $50 and can be reserved by calling the same number.

Topics and speakers will include:

– Smart controllers and new technology, Byron Beall, water management specialist, Ewing Irrigation Products, Dallas/Fort Worth.

– Landscape practices for water conservation, Calvin Finch, director of the Water Conservation and Technology Center, San Antonio.

– Turfgrass water conservation, Dr. Casey Reynolds, AgriLife Extension turfgrass specialist, College Station.

– Innovative water conservation, Dr. Raul Cabrera, Texas A&M AgriLife Research ornamental horticulturist,Uvalde.
The conference will conclude with vendor visitation and a tour of rainwater harvesting systems and drought-tolerant landscaping.

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