Lone Star Healthy Streams program set for May 24 in Seguin

Contact: Ward Ling, 979-845-6980, wling@tamu.edu

SEGUIN — The Geronimo and Alligator Creeks Watershed Partnership is hosting a Lone Star Healthy Streams Workshop May 24 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office for Guadalupe County, 210 E. Live Oak St., Seguin.

The workshop is free and lunch will be provided. The program begins at 10 a.m. and will conclude by 3 p.m.

Geronimo Creek. (Lone Star Healthy Streams photo)

The Lone Star Healthy Streams program aims to educate Texas livestock producers and landowners on how to best protect Texas waterways from bacterial contamination associated with beef cattle, horses and feral hogs, said Matt Brown, AgriLife Extension  program specialist, College Station.

“Feral hogs are a problem in Texas that impact water quality in our creeks and rivers, as well as causing financial loss to agricultural production,” Brown said.

Workshop presentations will focus on the Geronimo and Alligator Creeks Watershed and address basic watershed function, water quality and specific best management practices that can be implemented to help minimize bacterial contamination originating from livestock and feral hogs.

RSVP is required. Go to http://lshs.tamu.edu/workshops/ or call the AgriLife Extension office at 830-303-3889.

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

About 300 Texas water bodies do not comply with state water quality standards established for E. coli bacteria, including the Geronimo and Alligator Creeks watershed, which will be discussed at this meeting, said Ward Ling, AgriLife Extension watershed coordinator, College Station.

“By participating in this workshop, livestock producers and landowners can learn specific conservation practices that can help combat bacteria pollution and improve and protect the quality of Texas water bodies,” Ling said

In January 2010, AgriLife Extension, the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority, and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board established the Geronimo and Alligator Creeks Watershed Partnership to assess and improve water quality in the watershed. The partnership analyzed water quality data, identified water quality concerns that are of importance to communities within the watershed and developed a watershed protection plan.

The plan was approved by the partnership and accepted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2012. For more information about the Geronimo and Alligator Creeks Watershed Protection Plan, go to http://www.geronimocreek.org/

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 EPA.

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