The Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) and Texas AgriLife Extension Service will host four Texas Watershed Steward workshops across the state this summer.

“The Texas Watershed Steward program is for anyone interested in water quality issues and who may want to become more directly involved in watershed protection and management in their area,” said Jennifer Peterson, AgriLife Extension program specialist in College Station.

The workshops are one-day training events that addresses the fundamentals of watershed systems, water quality regulation and monitoring, watershed improvement methods, enhancing watershed functions, and community-driven water resource management.

“The goal of Watershed Stewards is to improve the quality of the state’s water resources by inspiring people to become more actively involved at the local level,” she said.

Each training will focus on a specific water body but participants from outside these targeted watersheds will be able to apply what they will learn to where they live.

The trainings will be held in:

Bastrop Bayou, in collaboration with Houston-Galveston Area Council, on Friday, May 30, 2008 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. in the Corporate Learning Center, Room 104, at Brazosport College located at 500 College Drive in Lake Jackson.

Lake Granger, in conjunction with Brazos River Authority, on Tuesday, June 10, 2008 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Williamson County AgriLife Extension Office on 3151 South East Inner Loop Road, Suite A, in Georgetown.

Hickory Creek, in cooperation with the City of Denton, on Wednesday, July 23, 2008 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Denton County AgriLife Extension Office in the Denton Government Center Building on 306 North Loop 288 Suite 222, in Denton.

Plum Creek in August 2008 in either Lockhart or Luling.

Participants will receive a free copy of the “Texas Watershed Curriculum Handbook,” a certificate of completion, and the following continuing education units and/or credit hours:

· Certified Crop Advisors - 7 continuing education units in soil and water management.

· State Board for Educator Certification - 7 continuing professional education units in science.

· Texas Department of Agriculture - 7 continuing education units for pesticide applicators license holders.

· Floodplain Management Association - 7 continuing education credits for certified floodplain managers.

Although there is no charge for participating in the workshops, space is limited and attendees are requested to register as soon as possible.

To register, visit the Texas Watershed Steward Program Web site at http://tws.tamu.edu/or call Peterson at 979-862-8072. More information is also available at http://www.tsswcb.state.tx.us/managementprogram/txwsp.

The TSSWCB is the lead agency for planning, implementing, and managing programs and practices for preventing and abating agricultural and silvicultural nonpoint sources of water pollution. The TSSWCB also coordinates the programs of the state's 217 soil and water conservation districts and administers the state brush control program. The TSSWCB maintains regional offices in strategic locations across the state to help carry out the agency's responsibilities. For more information about the Texas Watershed Steward Program, please contact Pamela Casebolt at 254-773-2250 ext. 247 or pcasebolt@tsswcb.state.tx.us.