Cameron site for workshop on waterways

CAMERON—A Lone Star Healthy Streams workshop for the Little River will be held May 26 at the Cameron Youth Expo Building, 301 S. Houston Ave. in Cameron.

The Texas A&M Agri- Life Extension Service workshop will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., according to County Agent Floyd Ingram.

A catered lunch will be provided at no cost, but an RSVP is requested by Saturday, May 20, to the Agri- Life Extension offices in either Bell County, 254- 933-5305, or Milam County, 254-697-7045.

Workshop presentations will focus on basic watershed function, water quality and specific best management practices that can be implemented to help minimize bacterial contamination originating from beef cattle, horses and feral hogs, said Matt Brown, AgriLife Extension program specialist in College Station.

One IPM and two general continuing education credits will be provided for certified pesticide applicators through the Texas Department of Agriculture, Brown said.

The goal of the Lone Star Healthy Streams program is to educate Texas livestock producers and land managers on how to best protect Texas waterways from bacterial contributions associated with livestock production and feral hogs, said Whitney Grantham, AgriLife Extension Natural Resources Agent in Bell County.

The Lone Star Healthy Streams program is a great program for land managers who are concerned with maximizing livestock production and maintaining a healthy landscape.

The program will highlight key practices to improve resource utilization, support herd health, decrease operational costs overtime and produce clean water from the property, Ingram said.

This program is being delivered where a watershed characterization is taking place on the Little River and to encourage landowners from Central Texas to integrate practices that will improve local water quality into their operations, said Allen Berthold, Texas A&M Agri- Life Research scientist in the Texas Water Resources Institute in College Station.

Currently, about 300 Texas water bodies do not comply with state water quality standards established for E. coli bacteria, Berthold said.

By participating in this workshop, livestock producers and landowners can learn about specific conservation practices that can be utilized to help improve and protect the quality of Texas’ water bodies.

For more information about the Lone Star Healthy Streams program, contact one of the AgriLife Extension offices or visit http://lshs.tamu.edu/workshops/.

The Lone Star Healthy Streams program is funded through a Clean Water Act nonpoint source grant from the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


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