Water quality training to focus on Adams, Cow Bayou
A Texas Watershed Steward workshop addressing water quality issues
related to Adams and Cow bayous watershed will be held from 8 a.m. to 4
p.m. on Oct. 24 at the Shangri La Nature Center, 2111 West Park Ave.,
The workshop is free and seating will be limited, so participants are encouraged to preregister at http://tws.tamu.edu or by calling Noelle Jordan at the nature center at 409-670-9113.
Texas Watershed Steward program is sponsored by the Texas AgriLife
Extension Service and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board
in coordination with the Sabine River Authority and the Texas Commission
on Environmental Quality.
“The training is open to anyone
interested in improving water quality in Adams and Cow bayous,” said Roy
Stanford, AgriLife Extension agent for agriculture and natural
resources, Orange County. “The training is designed to help watershed
residents improve and protect their water resources by becoming involved
in local watershed protection and management activities.”
said the workshop will include an overview of water quality and
watershed management in Texas. Its primarily focus, however, will be
water quality issues relating to the bayous, including current efforts
to help improve and protect the health of these important water
The training also provides a discussion of watershed
systems, types and sources of water pollution, and ways to improve and
protect water quality. There also will be group discussion on
community-driven watershed protection and management.
Cow bayous are a critical resource for the area,” said Stanford. “For
example, they feed into the Sabine River and support agricultural
production, recreational activities and other economic assets. The
bayous are also considered to be an important wildlife habitat area.”
workshop is being held in conjunction with efforts by the Sabine River
Authority and environmental quality commission to implement the Adams
and Cow bayous’ total maximum daily load. Adams Bayou was first placed
on the state’s list of impaired waters in 1996 and Cow Bayou in 2000,
both for elevated levels of bacteria and depressed dissolved oxygen
Efforts are currently under way to reduce
pollutant levels in Adams and Cow bayous by working with local residents
and property owners to develop an implementation plan relative to their
total maximum daily load.
More plan information can be found at http://www.sra.dst.tx.us/srwmp/octmdl/default.asp.
with the free training, participants receive a copy of the Texas
Watershed Steward Handbook and a certificate of completion,” said Chad
Caperton, AgriLife Extension agent for natural resources, Jasper County.
program also offers seven continuing education units in soil and water
management for certified crop advisers, seven units for professional
engineers and certified planners, and seven continuing education credits
for certified teachers. It also offers three general continuing
education units for Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide license
holders, three for certified landscape architects and three for
certified floodplain managers.
“Participating in the Texas
Watershed Steward program is a great opportunity to get involved and
make a difference in your watershed,” Caperton said.
To preregister, go to http://tws.tamu.edu or contact Jordan at 409-670-9113 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
more information on the Texas Watershed Steward program, contact Galen
Roberts, AgriLife Extension program coordinator at 979-862-8070 or
For more information on the total maximum
daily load implementation efforts in the Adams and Cow bayous watershed,
contact Chip Morris at 512-239-6686 or email@example.com .
Texas Watershed Steward program is funded through a Clean Water Act
§319(h) nonpoint source grant from the Texas State Soil and Water
Conservation Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.