All Things Trinity, All Things Conservation - Richland-Chambers

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Introductory presentation for explaining the concept and goals of the Cooperative Conservation in the Trinity River Basin project. Challenges that face the Trinity basin are addressed and Trinity Waters is promoted as the voice for conservation in the basin.

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All Things Trinity, All Things Conservation - Richland-Chambers

  1. 1. All Things Trinity,All Things Conservation
  2. 2. Trinity Key Points– Connects D/FW to Houston– Supplies water to ~40% of Texas population– 8 million people in the basin– 512 miles long– 1,983 miles of tributaries– 18,000 square miles (7% of Texas)
  3. 3. Texas’ Projected Growth
  4. 4. The Challenges • Rapidly increasing population • Poor water quality • Habitat loss • Declining wildlife populations • Reduced recreational opportunities
  5. 5. Water Quality• 2010 Water Quality Inventory and CWA 303(d) List – 37 segments “impaired” – 67 segments of concern – 4 segments delisted from 303(d) – 7 segments added – 27 of 37 impaired segments due to bacteria
  6. 6. Trinity River Basin Restoration Initiative• Governor’s 2006 Announcement• Improve water quality by habitat restoration• Build capacity of Trinity Waters• Foster natural resources conservation culture
  7. 7. Middle Trinity Basin
  8. 8. Purpose• Landowners at the forefront – Neighbor working with neighbor – Proactive stance can prevent future, unnecessary regulation – Magnify conservation dollars – Develop resource management leadership
  9. 9. Mission Improve the quality of life, economic sustainabilityand ecological integrity of areas associated with the Trinity River Basin through a coalition of local communities, NGOs and stewards of private and public lands.
  10. 10. Goals• Establish cooperative conservation partnerships among landowners, NGOs, and agencies• Foster a cooperative natural resources culture
  11. 11. Goals • Restore and conserve wildlife habitat – Increase wildlife populations – Greater recreational opportunities • Improve water resources – Allow for land-water interactions – Reduce pollutants
  12. 12. Tasks• Enhanced communication and data accessibility• Deliver information to the public and work with land managers to restore habitat
  13. 13. Delivering Information to Landowners and the Public• Website – Landowner Library with over 400 natural resource publications and links – Highlights projects, news, and events within the Trinity River Basin
  14. 14. Delivering Information to Landowners and the Public• Educational Programs – Watershed Management – Water Quality – Habitat Restoration – Livestock & Wildlife Management – Feral Hog Control
  15. 15. Delivering Information to Landowners and the Public• Youth Education – T.W.A.’s Learning Across New Dimensions in Science (L.A.N.D.S.) – Wide assortment of teachers and natural resource partners – Outdoor classrooms to teach students the value of natural resource conservation
  16. 16. Delivering Informationto Landowners and the Public • Educational Materials – Publications – Internet, e-mail, personal communication – Landowner Groups and other Conservation Organizations
  17. 17. Delivering Information to Landowners and the Public• Social Media Facebook Twitter WFSC Scoop.it! Extension Wild Wonderings Photos Blog
  18. 18. Trinity River Information Management System (TRIMS)• Accessible• Interactive• Watershed scale (local to regional)• Soils, vegetation, elevation, stream data• Restoration potentialtrims.tamu.edu
  19. 19. Conservation Example• 50% cost share with Johnston Family Properties USFWS• 200 acres of wetlands and bottomland hardwoods• 400 acres of cropland seeded to native prairie
  20. 20. Conservation ExampleA Strategic Approach to Bobwhite Recovery in the Western Trinity River Basin Jay Whiteside Technical Guidance Biologist Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
  21. 21. Conservation Example Water As A CropTM• Empowering people to enhance water resources on their land• Education and financial incentives• Riparian buffers Photo courtesy of Sand County Foundation
  22. 22. Conservation Example Chambers Creek Water Quality Initiative• Joint project with NRCS and local SWCDs announced May 2012• $5.4 million in financial assistance for 60 contracts• Conservation practices that benefit water quality and soil health
  23. 23. What Can I Do?• Set conservation goals for your land• Contact TPWD Biologists, County Extension Agents, NRCS for guidance• Get involved with your neighbors (WMAs), Trinity Waters and other conservation groups (T.W.A.)
  24. 24. Restoration of the Trinity Basin is a Common Link Between Urban and Rural Texans
  25. 25. Partners• NGO’s – Texas Wildlife Association – Sand County Foundation – Ducks Unlimited – Houston Wilderness• State Agencies – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension – TPWD • Federal Agencies – Texas A&M IRNR – NRCS – TWRI – U.S. Fish and Wildlife – TSSWCB – TRA
  26. 26. Funding by
  27. 27. ContactsKen KlavenessExecutive Director, Trinity Watersken@trinitywaters.org or 214-454-4000Blake AlldredgeAgriLife Extension Associateballdredge@tamu.edu or 979-845-0916

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