Formerly Texas Cooperative Extension. Extension is an educational organization provided by the U.S. government, the state government through Texas A&M University, and your county government. Extension serves every county in Texas, from the biggest to the smallest, with 250 offices and 1,400 personnel. People in each county decide what Extension should do for them and guide the planning and delivery of the programs.
Who are we and why are we here?
The word stewardship means taking the responsibility to care for the well-being of something that is valued. Watershed stewardship means caring for the water, air and biodiversity in an entire watershed. Water is the most critical component of life. Without clean water resources, we cannot survive. The quality and quantity of water within our watersheds are greatly affected by the way we choose to live on the land. And since each and every one of us lives in a watershed, good watershed stewardship is crucial to ensuring the sustainability of our water resources for generations to come. If we become educated about our watersheds and understand how our activities affect them, we will act more responsibly to preserve, protect and enhance these vital resources.
Special Thanks…<br />Llano Field Station – TTU at Junction<br />Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB)<br />South Llano Watershed Alliance<br />
Who Are We?<br />Matt Berg<br />Lisa Kordos<br />Mark McFarland<br />Jennifer Peterson<br />http://agrilife.tamu.edu<br />
Who Are You?<br />Please tell us:<br />Your name<br />Where you’re from<br />Affiliation/occupation<br />Reason for coming to today’s training…<br />
Pre-Test<br />Has everyone received and finished their pre-test?<br />If not, raise your hand and we’ll give you one.<br />And no, you do not get out of doing the pre-test….(or the post-test)<br />
Educational Credits<br />Please make sure you have signed the appropriate sign-in sheet for the educational credits you need (AICP, ASLA, TBPE, CCA, TDA, SBEC, TFMA)<br />
Your Tote<br />Agenda<br />Copies of all presentations<br />Some helpful publications<br />A few goodies<br />Texas Watershed Steward Curriculum Handbook <br />
TWS Curriculum Handbook<br />Content follows the presentations<br />‘Notes’ page at end of each chapter<br />Glossary <br />Appendices<br />Water Quality Agencies and Organizations<br />Community Activities for your Watershed<br />Water Quality on the Web<br />
What We Ask of You<br />Ask questions!<br />Get to know your neighbors<br />Please try and be on time<br />We’ve got a lot to cover - when we give you a 15-minute break, please don’t take 20…<br />HAVE FUN!<br />
Program Agenda<br />Program Introduction<br />Overview of Watershed Systems<br />Overview of Watershed Impairments<br />Managing to Improve Watershed Function<br />Community-Driven Watershed Protection and Management<br />
What is the TWS Program?<br />A statewide educational training sponsored by Extension and the TSSWCB to:<br />Make you more aware of and knowledgeable about your watershed and local water issues<br />Help you become leaders in your community<br />Motivate you to facilitate local efforts in your watershed<br />Improve & protect quality of local water resources<br />
Why is Watershed Stewardship Important?<br />Water is the most critical component of life<br />Watershed stewardship means taking care of the water, air, and biodiversity in a watershed to ensure the sustainability of our water resources for generations to come.<br />
If we become educatedabout our watersheds and understand how our activities affect them, we willactmoreresponsiblyto preserve, protect and enhancethem.<br />