Texas Waters – Exploring Water and Watersheds

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 10/21/2016
8:00 am-5:00 pm

Location
La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa

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texas-waterwaysThe Texas Master Naturalists have invited the Master Gardeners to join them for the inaugural Texas Waters Day, Friday October 21, 2016!

Texas Waters Day will launch the new curriculum produced by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Waters: Exploring Water and Watersheds and the new Texas Waters Specialist certification program. This project’s aim is to inform and educate the citizens of Texas about the most precious natural resource Texas possesses, its water. Many challenges face our State concerning water, in particular in our aquatic habitats, the water for wildlife. Texas Parks and Wildlife wants you to know that we value the natural and cultural resources of Texas and want there to always be drinkable, swimmable, and fishable waters in our great State. Texas Waters Specialists will be fundamental in informing the public of conservation issues specifically related to the need for these healthy waterways.

Texas Waters Day participants will receive printed copies of the new curriculum Texas Waters: Exploring Water and Watersheds, learn through presentations by recognized experts in the field of Texas water and watersheds, enjoy lunch networking with these professionals, discussions about potential volunteer project opportunities, and can earn up to four Advance Training hours. Registration for the Texas Waters Day is $35 per person, and lunch will be provided for attendees. Individuals and chapters will receive free copies of the curriculum at the Texas Waters Day. The curriculum consists of nine chapters, contents include:

  • Texas Aquatic Habitats and the Species They Support
  • The Characteristics, Components and Value of Healthy Watershed Ecosystems
  • The Watershed’s Role as a Natural System
  • The Ecological Services that Properly Functioning Ecosystems Perform for Humanity
  • The Ecological Significance of Natural Flow Regimes
  • The Role and Function of Wetlands and Estuarine Systems
  • Natural Instruments of Watershed Change
  • Human Caused Instruments of Watershed Change
  • Texas Water Law and Planning

Texas Waters Day 2016 Agenda

8:00-8:10       Welcome – Johnnie Smith, Conservation Education Manager, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

8:10-9:00       Curriculum and program overview

Johnnie Smith, Conservation Education Manager, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

9:00-9:40       Texas Water Matters / Why You Should be Involved

Cindy Loeffler, Water Resources Branch Chief, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

9:40-10:20     Characteristics of Healthy Watersheds

Megan Bean, Watershed Biologist, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

10:20-11:00   Instruments of Watershed Change

Nikki Dictson, Extension Program Specialist, Texas Water Resources Institute

11:00-11:50   Potential Community Service Opportunities

Tim Birdsong, Inland Fisheries Habitat Conservation, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Nikki Dictson, Extension Program Specialist, Texas Water Resources Institute

Jenna Walker, Program Coordinator, Texas Stream Team

12:00              Texas Waters Networking Lunch & Adjourn

Then after the morning sessions, join the optional Texas Waters Field Trip:

Showcasing Service Opportunities within Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Inland Fisheries Division

Organizers:  Tim Birdsong, Chief of Habitat Conservation, Inland Fisheries Division, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Mark Webb, District Fisheries Supervisor, Inland Fisheries Division, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Date/Time:  Friday, October 21, 1:00-5:00pm

Description:  This field trip will profile service opportunities for Master Naturalists within the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Inland Fisheries Division, including opportunities to lead and participate in angler access improvements, fish habitat restoration, river cleanups, and citizen science. Additionally, the field trip will spotlight active fish habitat improvement projects at Lake Conroe. The field trip will include a short boat excursion on Lake Conroe and a driving tour. Field trip participants are encouraged to attend the Texas Waters Day Workshop on the morning of October 21st, although attendance at the workshop is not a prerequisite for participation in the field trip.

To get registered or find more information about the Texas Waters Day and Texas Master Naturalist 17th Annual Meeting, visit the website: http://txmn.org/2016-annual-meeting/.

Registration for the Texas Waters Day can be done through the registration website for the Annual Meeting. If there are any questions about lodging, meals, or registration costs, please email Mary Pearl Meuth, mpmeuth@tamu.edu. If there are any questions about the Texas Waters Day event or Water Specialist training program, please email Johnnie Smith, johnnie.smith@tpwd.texas.gov.

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