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Water seminar around corner


The Bandera County River and Groundwater District (BCRAGD) will hand out vouchers that can be redeemed for a free water analysis for well owners in the county attending the Friday, March 21, session of the Bandera County Water Awareness Series at Mansfield Park Recreational Hall, 2886 Highway 16 North in Bandera.
This first in a series of water-related workshops will be held Friday, March 21, and Saturday, March 22. The two-day event takes place from 5-9 pm March 21 and from 8 am-4 pm March 22. Doors will open at 4 pm on Friday for those who wish to arrive early to visit the vendor tables; refreshments will be provided.
The no-cost workshop is open to anyone interested in water-related issues in the Bandera region. Participants are required to preregister at the Bandera County Water Awareness Series website at http://agrilife.org/bcwa. Seating will be limited.
This event is presented through a collaborative effort between the Texas A&M and Bandera County AgriLife Extension Service, 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 current aquifer conditions by BCRAGD District Manager, David Mauk; "Bandera County Water: What it was, What it is, What do we do now?", geologist Feather Wilson; and "Texas Water Law Then, Now, and What we can Expect" Real County Judge Gerry A. Merritt.
March 22 will be a full day of educational programming with participants learning about watershed systems and impairments and improving watershed function by the Texas Watershed Steward group from Texas A&M and private water well basics, onsite wastewater treatment, and water quality testing and treatment by Texas Well Owner Network.
The programs also offer four continuing education units (CEU) in soil and water management for certified crop advisors, four units for professional engineers and certified planners and four continuing education credits for certified teachers. It also offers three general CEUs for Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide license holders, four for certified landscape architects and three for certified floodplain managers.
To pre-register visit http://agrilife.org/bcwa/ or call Bandera County Agrilife Extension Agent Sam Womble at 830-796-7755. For more information contact Womble or RLAT President Fidel Ramirez at 830-796-4376.