March 6 water quality training in Kaufman to focus on Cedar Creek Lake watershed

Contacts: Michael Kuitu, 979-862-4457, mkuitu@tamu.edu

Ralph Davis, 972-932-9069, rs-davis@tamu.edu

Michelle Wood-Ramirez, 817-720-4552, michelle.wood-ramirez@trwd.com

KAUFMAN – A Texas Watershed Steward workshop on water quality and watershed management related to the Cedar Creek Lake watershed will be from 12:30-4:30 p.m. March 6 in Kaufman.

The free workshop will be at the Kaufman County Fairgrounds, 4001 S. Washington St. It will be presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board in cooperation with the Tarrant Regional Water District.

Doors will open at noon, and lunch will be provided by the water district to attendees who preregister by March 4.

Mid-Cedar Creek area. (Texas Watershed Steward photo)

“This workshop is designed to assist watershed residents in improving and protecting their water resources by becoming involved in water quality management activities,” said Michael Kuitu, AgriLife Extension program specialist and coordinator for the Texas Watershed Steward program, College Station. “The workshop and professional continuing education credits are free and the workshop is open to anyone interested in protecting water quality in the region.”

Participants are encouraged to preregister at the Texas Watershed Steward website at https://tws.tamu.edu.

A discussion on watershed systems, types and sources of water pollution, and ways to improve and protect water quality will be included in the program. There also will be a group discussion on community-driven watershed protection and management.

“The workshop will include an overview of water quality and watershed management in Texas, but will focus primarily on local water quality initiatives, including current efforts to help improve and protect Cedar Creek Lake,” said Ralph Davis, AgriLife Extension agent for Kaufman County.

Lakes can be susceptible to the negative effects of nonpoint source pollution, such as runoff containing sediment, nutrients and bacteria, said Michelle Wood-Ramirez, watershed specialist for the water district.

“To address nonpoint source pollution, a watershed protection plan for Cedar Creek Lake will be developed through a stakeholder-driven process,” she said. “Therefore, we encourage all members of the public to register and attend this free workshop to learn about water quality management and become involved.”

Attendees will receive a copy of the Texas Watershed Steward Handbook and a certificate of completion. The Texas Watershed Steward program offers four continuing education units in soil and water management for certified crop advisers, four units for professional engineers and certified planners, four credits for certified teachers, and two credits for nutrient management specialists. A total of four professional development hours are available for professional geoscientists.

In addition, three general continuing education units are offered for Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide license holders, and four for certified landscape architects. Four continuing education credits are provided to certified floodplain managers. Four continuing education credits are also offered for each of the following Texas Commission on Environmental Quality occupational licensees: wastewater system operators, public water system operators, on-site sewage facility installers, and landscape irrigators. Master Gardeners and Master Naturalists may also earn continuing education.

The Texas Watershed Steward program is funded through a Clean Water Act §319(h) nonpoint source grant from the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

For more information on the Texas Watershed Steward program and to preregister, go to the TWS website or contact Kuitu at 979-862-4457, mkuitu@tamu.edu; or Davis at 972-932-9069, rs-davis@tamu.edu.

For more information about watershed protection efforts for the Cedar Creek Lake watershed, contact Wood-Ramirez at 817-720-4552, michelle.wood-ramirez@trwd.com.

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