Soil & Water Stewardship Week
The Association of Texas Soil & Water Conservation Districts (ATSWCD), Texas Wildlife Association and Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board are joining other state agencies and organizations in a statewide campaign to highlight the important connection that exists between voluntary land stewardship and sustaining water availability. Soil & Water Stewardship Week is this week, April 27 through May 4. The campaign for this year is "Land Stewardship: Providing Water for Texans."
"Land management in rural areas directly affects the water availability for the 20 million Texans living in urban areas," said Johnny Ussery, Chair of the Stewardship Committee for the ATSWCD. "When we ably manage our resources on private lands, we enhance the water quantity for everyone in the state - essentially private lands providing a public benefit"
Effective land stewardship increases the ability of open land to absorb rainfall, replenish aquifers, and ensure that water drains slowly and steadily into springs, streams, rivers and lakes - reducing run-off and helping to prevent flooding. Voluntary stewardship practices include things such as prescribed grazing management by ranchers, the use of cover crops by farmers, wildlife habitat enhancement, and the targeted removal of invasive brush species.
"Voluntary land stewardship is an efficient, cost-effective, and sustainable way to 'create' more water for homes, businesses, recreation, agriculture, and wildlife," Ussery said.