Simple system rainwater harvesting (also referred to as passive rainwater harvesting) utilizes the land and natural elements to slow, spread, and absorb water on site. Configuring the land with some added features (e. g., berms, swales, and rain gardens) helps reduce stormwater runoff that can cause local flooding. These elements slow down stormwater flows while allowing the natural precipitation to soak into the soil and be taken up by plant roots. Many plants can help filter pollutants before water enters storm drains and eventually watersheds. (2 Pages)
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This course will inform participants about riparian and watershed processes, the benefits that healthy riparian areas provide, and the tools that prevent and/or resolve degradation and improve water quality.
An aerobic septic system, or aerobic treatment unit (ATU), uses oxygen to breakdown both dissolved and solid constituents into gases, cell mass, and non-degradable material contained in wastewater. This online course will teach you how to properly maintain and operate your ATU. You will have 30 days from the day you register to complete this program. If you do not complete the program within this limit, your registration will expire, and you will need to pay the registration fees again to start over.
The Texas Watershed Steward (TWS) online program is a statewide educational program designed to improve the quality of Texas’ water resources by educating and informing local stakeholders about their watershed, potential impairments, and steps that can be taken to help improve and protect water quality in their watershed.
This 1-hour course exposes learners to information regarding The Texas Watershed Steward (TWS) Program. Students will learn about the importance of water, the role of watersheds in the water cycle, and much more. Students have the option of obtaining school credit for this course.