Nonpoint sources of pollution threaten all watersheds in Texas and are detrimental to the state's valuable water resources. Public participation is the focus of the Texas Watershed Steward program, which engages stakeholders in planning and implementing water resource management and protection programs in their area watershed.
The Texas Watershed Steward program is a partnership between the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board. the program provides science-based watershed education to help citizens identify and take action to address local water quality impairments. Participants learn about the nature and function of watersheds, potential impairments and strategies for watershed protection through in-person workshops, online resources, distance learning seminars, in-person meetings, curriculum materials and one-on-one guidance. The Texas Watershed Steward program continues to be a model for the development of watershed education programs throughout Texas and other states.
*Jónsson, J.Ö.G. and Davíðsdóttir, B., 2016. Classification and valuation of soil ecosystem services. Agricultural Systems, 145, pp. 24-38.
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The 4-H Water Conservation & Education project explores the wonder of water and its value to humans, wildlife, and the environment. Resources and activities are designed for youth of all ages, as well as environmental and science educators looking for hands-on experiences and in-depth study on a wide range of water topics.
This program provides expertise and resources related to topics including sportfish management, aquaculture, fish species and production, ponds, aeration, water quality, aquaponics and aquatic vegetation.
The Texas Master Naturalist program works to develop volunteers to provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources.
The 4-H Outdoor Education project provides you with the opportunity to learn skills such as camping, wildlife watching, shooting and hunting skills, and fire building. Participants may study and experience as much as their time and interest allows.