Fundamentals of developing water quality monitoring plan focus of Austin workshop

Program for watershed coordinators, water professionals June 4-5

Contact: Nathan Glavy, 979-458-5915, nathan.glavy@ag.tamu.edu

AUSTIN –The Texas Water Resources Institute, or TWRI, is hosting a Fundamentals of Developing a Water Quality Monitoring Plan workshop June 4-5 in Austin for watershed coordinators and other water professionals.

The TWRI is part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University.

The workshop is set for 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 4 and 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. June 5 at Building B, Room 201 of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality office, 12100 Park 35 Circle, Austin.

Participants may register at http://watershedplanning.tamu.edu/training/. Cost is $150 and includes course materials, coffee breaks and snacks, catered lunches and a certificate of completion.

A workshop on how to develop a water quality monitoring plan will be held June 4-5 at the TCEQ office in Austin. (Texas Water Resources Institute photo)

Nathan Glavy, AgriLife Extension program specialist for the institute in College Station, said the workshop will provide attendees with tools to develop and implement a water quality monitoring program.

He said the course will cover water quality monitoring for watershed characterization and for evaluating water quality improvements and management practices from implementation activities.

“Through presentations and case studies, participants will gain an understanding of what monitoring is needed for watershed protection planning,” Glavy said.

He said workshop content will include inventorying existing resources, selecting a monitoring design, stormwater sampling and other considerations for building a successful monitoring plan. Participants also will get some hands-on experience with creating a plan and through monitoring demonstrations in the field.

Workshop instructors include Dr. Larry Hauck, senior research scientist, and Anne McFarland, senior research analyst, both with the Texas Institute of Applied Environmental Research at Tarleton State University in Stephenville; Dr. Lucas Gregory, senior research scientist and quality assurance officer, TWRI; Dr. Kevin Wagner, director, Oklahoma Water Resources Center at Oklahoma State University; and Jenna Walker, program coordinator, Texas Stream Team at Texas State University.

Instructors from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will include Jessica Uramkin, Nonpoint Source Program project manager; Sarah Eagle, Clean Rivers Program work lead; Tim Cawthon, project manager; and Kelly Rodibaugh, Clean Rivers Program project manager and quality assurance specialist.

The training course is funded through a Clean Water Act Section 319(h) nonpoint source grant provided by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

More information is available at the website or by contacting Glavy at 979-458-5915 or nathan.glavy@ag.tamu.edu.

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