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A workshop on water quality in the streams of Petranil, San Fernando, is scheduled for March 3rd

A Texas Watershed Steward On March 3, from 1 pm to 5 pm, a seminar on water quality related to the Petranil and San Fernando streams will be held.

Baffin Bay Watershed is the center of the March 3 event in person or virtually. (Photo by Texas A&M AgriLife)

The event presents Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas Soil and Water Protection Council in collaboration with v Texas Institute of Water Resources.

The workshop will be held at the Kleberg Park Recreation / Expo Center, 501 E. Escondido Road, Kingsville. The event is free and open to anyone interested in improving water quality in the region.

To participate in person or virtually, participants must pre-register at https://tx.ag/TWSPetSanFernCreeks or by phone 979-862-4457. Additional information about the meeting will be provided after registration.

“This workshop is designed to help watershed residents learn about their water resources and how they can participate in local watershed conservation and management activities,” said Michael Quito, AgriLife Extension Specialist and Texas Watershed Steward Program Coordinator, Brian Station -College. .

Snacks will be organized for personal participants. Workshop participants will receive a copy of the Texas Watershed Steward Steward Handbook and are eligible for a certificate of completion.

Improving water quality in the watershed of Petranil Creeks, San Fernando

The workshop will include a discussion on watershed systems as well as the types and sources of water pollution. There will also be a group discussion on community-led watershed protection and management, as well as a water quality review on water management at the local level.

Petronila Creek and San Fernando Creek discharge water into Baffin Bay from all their separate watersheds. However, two streams are listed as damaged due to excessive levels of bacteria.

This workshop is held in support of ongoing efforts within the basin to protect water quality by developing a watershed protection plan. To learn more and get involved in the process, visit https://baffin.twri.tamu.edu/.

Opportunities for lifelong learning

The Texas Watershed Steward program offers continuing education units across several professional disciplines. The amount of additional education offered may vary for individual disciplines, depending on whether the person attends in person or virtually.

For a personal visit, four hours of continuing education in the following professional disciplines are offered: Soil and Water Management for Certified Crop Consultants; professional engineers; certified teachers; professional geologists; certified landscape architects; and certified floodplain managers. Professional planners of the American Institute of Certified Planners are eligible for four hours of certification service and 1.5 hours of eligibility.

Four CEUs are also offered for each of the following Texas Commission on Environmental Quality professional licensees: sewer system operators, public water system operators, sewer installers and landscape irrigators.

In addition, three common CEUs are proposed Texas Department of Agriculture private pesticide license holders, and two loans are offered for nutrient management professionals. For questions about professional continuing education provided to virtual visitors, please contact Kuita at 979-862-4457 or michael.kuitu@ag.tamu.edu.

Funding for these efforts is through a non-point grant of the Clean Water Act, administered by the Texas Soil and Water Board from U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

For more information on the Texas Watershed Steward program, contact Kuita or Frank Escobed, AgriLife Extension Agent for Kleberg-Kennedy County, at f-escobedo@tamu.edu or 361-595-8566.

For more information on the watershed of Petranil Creek, San Fernando Creek and Baffin Bay, contact Enis Rios, TWRI Technical Student, at 979-314-2357. ennis.rios@agnet.tamu.edu.

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