LAMPASAS — Area residents and stakeholders can learn about improving and protecting local water resources at the Lampasas River watershed workshop hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension office and Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board on Thursday in Lampasas.
The free workshop, part of the Texas Watershed Steward Program, is designed to give an overview of watersheds and improving water quality in the Lampasas River watershed.
“This program concerns water quality and watersheds 101,” said Lisa Prcin, Texas A&M AgriLife Research office research associate. “The program was developed to give the general public a better idea of how watersheds function, what they do, what they need to function properly and what the public can do to improve water quality as a whole.”
In 2002, the Lampasas River did not meet state water quality standards due to an abundance of bacteria above the state’s maximum allowable level, Prcin said.
“Once a water body has been identified, the state is required by the federal government to do something to address that concern,” she said. “We chose to go with a watershed protection plan designed for those who will be directly affected, and this is a voluntary process.”
The Lampasas watershed is no longer impaired, but that’s simply because the initial data collected was too old and did not meet current testing standards, Prcin said.
“We want to let people know about the concerns and find out what they can do, as an individual, to make small changes and learn why this issue is so important.”
In addition to covering the basics, other topics will include proper functioning septic systems, proper application of fertilizer and various ways the public can reduce pollution.
“This is a very good background course,” Prcin added.
The workshop is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Lampasas County Farm Bureau, 1793 U.S. Highway 281 North, Lampasas. Online registration is at http://tws.tamu.edu.
Participants are strongly encouraged to pre-register, as Texas Land Bank of Lampasas is providing lunch for the event would like to plan accordingly, Prcin said.
Several continuing education units for maintaining professional licensures and memberships are offered through the workshop, also at no cost. A complete list of the continuing education credits are at http://tws.tamu.edu/workshops/information.