Low-Impact Development Workshop set for Nov. 27 in Seguin

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

SEGUIN — The Geronimo and Alligator Creeks Watershed Partnership will host a Low-Impact Development Workshop from 8:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 27 at the Irma Lewis Seguin Outdoor Learning Center, 1865 U.S. Highway 90 E. in Seguin.

The workshop is free and light refreshments will be provided. It is hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

A rain garden is one of the techniques of low-impact development to be discussed at the workshop Nov. 27 in Seguin. (Photo courtesy of Texas Water Resources Institute)

“The goal of the workshop is to better equip decision makers and the public to understand and consider the impacts of nonpoint source pollution in their daily activities,” said Ward Ling, AgriLife Extension watershed coordinator for Geronimo and Alligator creeks.

Ling said there will be a combination of in-class presentations and outdoor demonstrations. Three hours of professional engineer, floodplain manager and American Institute of Certified Planner credits will be available to those attending.

“A Clean Water Act grant was provided to AgriLife Extension by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to implement the Geronimo and Alligator Creeks Watershed Protection Plan,” Ling said. “This workshop is part of the implementation of that plan.”

For more information on the plan, go to http://www.geronimocreek.org .

Ling said Dr. Fouad Jaber, AgriLife Extension specialist in integrated water resources management based in Dallas, will explain how different smart-growth techniques can help mitigate the harmful effects of urbanization on stormwater volume and water quality.

The workshop will include the following topics and activities:

— Linkages between land use, water quality and community character.

— Reducing stormwater runoff volume and improving water quality through use of low-impact development, or LID, structures and techniques, such as permeable pavement, rain gardens, vegetated swales, “curbless” streets and improved flood control.

— A site tour demonstrating a rainwater harvesting system, two types of permeable pavement, a rain garden and a vegetated swale.

— A tour of a turf plot demonstration area showing St. Augustine, Bermuda, zoysia and buffalo grasses, along with an example of xeriscaping.

Attendees must register to reserve a seat. To register and for more information, contact Ling at 979-845-6980 or wling@tamu.edu.

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