Homeowner Septic System Workshop Sept. 7 in Nacogdoches

Contact: Ricky Thompson, 936-560-7711, ricky.thompson@ag.tamu.edu

Ryan Gerlich, 979-458-4185, rgerlich@tamu.edu

Failing septic system. (Photo courtesy Brad Hale)

NACOGDOCHES — The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Attoyac Bayou Watershed Partnership will present a homeowner training on septic system  maintenance from 6-8 p.m. Sept. 7 in Nacogdoches.

The free event will be at the AgriLife Extension office for Nacogdoches County, Courthouse Annex, 203 W. Main St.

Amy Truong, AgriLife Extension assistant with the Texas Water Resources Institute, said the course provides a basic understanding of the operation and maintenance of conventional and aerobic septic systems, and how activities within the home can impact them.

“Presentations will cover treatment processes, health and considerations, and general maintenance procedures such as when to pump out a tank or what not to allow to go down the drain,” she said.

Truong said during the development of the Attoyac Watershed Protection Plan, the partnership identified failing septic systems as a significant source of bacterial contamination in nearby streams and waterways.

The Attoyac Bayou Watershed Partnership is a collaborative effort among local stakeholders, Texas Water Resources Institute and Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board to address water quality concerns within the Attoyac Bayou watershed.

The training is a part of the plan implementation toward improving water quality, Truong said.

The Attoyac Bayou watershed encompasses parts of Nacogdoches, Rk, Shelby and St. Augustine counties.

To register, contact Ricky Thompson, AgriLife Extension agent for agriculture and natural resources, Nacogdoches County, at 936-560-7711 or ricky.thompson@ag.tamu.edu. For information about the program, contact Ryan Gerlich, AgriLife Extension program specialist, College Station, at 979-458-4185 or visit http://ossf.tamu.edu/.

Funding and support for the Attoyac Bayou Watershed Protection Plan implementation is provided through a Clean Water Act grant from the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.n cry by nnc

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