Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Charles Swanson, 979-845-5614, email@example.com
LUBBOCK – A Landscape Irrigation Auditing and Management Short Course is scheduled for April 5-6 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Lubbock, 1102 E. Farm-to-Market Road 1294.
The workshop will be conducted by the Texas A&M School of Irrigation-Irrigation Technology Program in cooperation with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Lubbock County. Cost is $265, and registration information is available at http://irrigation.tamu.edu.
“The short course is essential for anyone responsible for designing or managing irrigation systems on urban landscapes such as residential lawns, sports fields, parks, commercial properties and golf courses,” said Charles Swanson, AgriLife Extension irrigation specialist, College Station. “The course will also benefit municipalities and city water utility personnel, particularly those interested in developing urban water conservation programs.”
Students in the course will gain practical hands-on experience by completing two audits of existing irrigation systems, Swanson said.
“Students will also be given access to the Texas Landscape Irrigation Auditing Software, developed by AgriLife Extension for auditors to perform their audit analysis and create irrigation schedules,” he said.
The program is certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency WaterSense Program. Students who complete the short course are eligible to take the Texas Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditors exam, offered at the end of class. Cost is $75. Those who pass the exam will be listed in the Certified Irrigation Professionals Directory on the WaterSense program website.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has approved 16 hours of continuing education credits for licensed irrigators, irrigation technicians and irrigation inspectors who successfully complete the course.
For more information, visit http://irrigation.tamu.edu.