Texas waterways protection topic of Sept. 18 workshop in Lampasas

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu
Contact: Jennifer Peterson, 979-862-8072, jlpeterson@ag.tamu.edu

LAMPASAS – Livestock producers and land managers can learn how to best protect Texas waterways from bacterial contributions during a Lone Star Healthy Streams workshop Sept. 18 at the Farm Bureau building at 1793 N. U.S. Highway 281 in Lampasas.

The Lone Star Healthy Streams program’s primary focus is bacteria in streams from livestock production and feral hogs, said Jennifer Peterson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist-water quality in College Station.

The workshop, from 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., is free to all participants. Presentations will cover basic watershed function, water quality and specific best management practices that can be implemented to help minimize bacterial contamination originating from beef cattle, horses and feral hogs, Peterson said.

Three continuing education credits will be provided for certified pesticide applicators from the Texas Department of Agriculture.

To RSVP, visit http://lshs.tamu.edu/workshops/ or call Peterson at 979-862-8072.

This workshop focuses specifically on the Lampasas River Watershed, currently undergoing watershed protection plan development, Peterson said. A watershed protection plan is a coordinated framework for implementing prioritized and integrated water quality protection and restoration strategies driven by environmental objectives.

Texas A&M AgriLife Research at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Temple, along with collaborators from AgriLife Extension, are addressing the Lampasas River water quality issues. Through a coordinated effort, they facilitate and encourage public education, awareness and involvement of water quality issues, and conduct science-based analysis of the watershed.

The Lone Star Healthy Streams program is funded through a Clean Water Act nonpoint source grant from the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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