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Liberty County
Houston-Galveston Area Council
News Release
Monday, August 21, 2017

TEXAS WATERSHED STEWARD WORKSHOP TO FOCUS ON CEDAR BAYOU

A Texas Watershed Steward Workshop focusing on water quality in the Cedar Bayou watershed will be held from 1–5 p.m., Wednesday, September 13, at the Don McLeod Recreation Center, 10717 Langston Drive, Mont Belvieu.

The workshop is presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, in cooperation with the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC).

“This workshop is designed to assist watershed residents improve and protect their water resources by becoming involved in watershed protection and management activities for Cedar Bayou,” said Michael Kuitu, AgriLife Extension program specialist and coordinator for the Texas Watershed Steward program. “The workshop is free and open to anyone interested in improving water quality in the region. Participants are encouraged to preregister at the Texas Watershed Steward website at http://tws.tamu.edu.”

The workshop will include information about watershed systems, types and sources of water pollution, ways to improve and protect water quality, and a group discussion on community-driven watershed protection and management.

Tyler Fitzgerald, AgriLife Extension agent for Chambers County, said “The workshop will include an overview of water quality and watershed management in Texas, but will primarily focus on area water quality, including current efforts to help improve and protect Cedar Bayou. The workshop will address issues related to local water resources but will be applicable to all waters in the region.”

“Cedar Bayou is a critical resource for the area,” said H-GAC watershed coordinator Justin Bower. “Cedar Bayou feeds into Galveston Bay, and supports oyster production, commercial fishing, and other economic activity. Its estuaries are a critical wildlife habitat area and it’s a popular recreational waterway.”

Attendees of the workshop will receive 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.

“Participating in the Texas Watershed Steward program is a great opportunity to get involved and make a difference in your watershed,” said Fitzgerald.

The Texas Watershed Steward program is funded through a Clean Water Act 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 http://tws.tamu.edu or contact Kuitu at 979-862-4457 or at mkuitu@tamu.edu or Fitzgerald at 409-374-2123 or at tsfitzgerald@ag.tamu.edu.

For information on the watershed protection efforts for the Cedar Bayou watershed, contact Bower at 713-499-6653 or at justin.bower@h-gac.com.

Houston-Galveston Area Council
The Houston-Galveston Area Council (
www.h-gac.com) is a voluntary association of local governments in the 13-county Gulf Coast Planning Region—an area of 12,500 square miles and more than 6 million people. H-GAC works to promote efficient and accountable use of local, state, and federal tax dollars and serves as a problem-solving and information forum for local government needs.




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