Water use, management topic for July 25 meeting in Sugar Land

SUGAR LAND — Meeting the Challenge of Regional and State Water Issues is the theme for the Irrigators Symposium July 25 at Constellation Field in Sugar Land.  

The event will be from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. and include a light breakfast and lunch. Registration is $50 and may be completed at http://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/irrigation. The program is designed for licensed irrigators and general landscape professionals.

Understanding proper watering techniques for lawns can save water and money. (Texas A&M AgriLife Research photo by Kay Ledbetter)

Understanding proper watering techniques for lawns can save water and money. (Texas A&M AgriLife Research photo by Kay Ledbetter)

“Topics will center around water conservation and how new technologies and marketing practices can help industry professionals as well as their clients,” said Boone Holladay, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent in Fort Bend County.

A panel discussion on “Water: Today’s Issues and Future Regulations” will open the event at 8:20 a.m. Panelists will include Dr. Monty Dozier, AgriLife Extension regional program director in College Station; Colleen Spencer, water conservation director for the City of Sugar Land; and John DeCell, North Fort Bend Water Authority conservation committeeman.

Irrigation technologies for business sustainability and financial advantages that can stem from an irrigation audit will be discussed by Dr. Charles Swanson, AgriLife Extension irrigation specialist in College Station.

Water management for turfgrass will be the topic for Brad Detmore of Sugar Land, Skeeters groundskeeper, and Dr. Casey Reynolds, AgriLife Extension turfgrass specialist in College Station.

Dr. Mengmeng Gu, AgriLife Extension Earth-Kind program specialist in College Station, will talk about ways to design landscapes to maximize irrigation efficiencies.

Also scheduled is a noon discussion on the state’s water plan and an afternoon session on marketing water conservation.

AgriLife Extension partnered with the City of Sugar Land, the North Fort Bend Water Authority and the Houston Gulf Coast Irrigators Association to conduct the symposium.

At least five continuing education credits will be given for Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and/or Texas Nursery and Landscape Association license holders.

For more information contact Spencer at 281-275-2450.

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