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2014-02-13

Sessions for water awareness series expand

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The first meeting of the Bandera County Water Awareness Series will be held Friday, March 21, and Saturday, March 22, at Mansfield Park Recreation Hall, 2886 Highway 16 North in Bandera. The two-day event takes place from 5 - 9 pm Friday and from 8 am - 4 pm Saturday. Doors will open at 4 pm on March 21 for those who wish to arrive early to visit the vendor tables; refreshments will be provided.
The free workshop is open to anyone interested in water related issues in the Bandera region. Because seating will be limited, participants are required to preregister at the Water Awareness Series website at http://agrilife.org/bcwa. This event is presented through a collaborative effort between the Texas A&M and Bandera County AgriLife Extension Service, Bandera County River Authority and Groundwater District (BCRAGD), and the Ranchers and Landowners Association of Texas (RLAT).
The seminar will include a discussion of surface and groundwater systems, types and sources of water pollution, ways to improve and protect water quality, and conservation strategies.
March 21 activities will include a presentation on Texas water law from Real County Judge Garry A. Merritt, local hydro-geology by geologist Feather Wilson, and current aquifer conditions by David Mauk, BCRAGD general manager. Also on Friday evening, the BCRAGD will hand out vouchers that can be redeemed for a free water analysis for county well owners attending the meeting.
March 22 will be a full day of educational programming, demonstrations, and exhibits. Attendees can also expect to learn about groundwater resources in the area through presentations from the Texas Well Owners Network and the Texas Watershed program.
To pre-register visit http://agrilife.org/bcwa/. For more information contact Bandera County Agrilife Extension Agent Sam Womble at 830-796-7755 or RLAT President Fidel Ramirez at 830-796-4376.