COLLEGE STATION, TX, Mar. 28, 2011 -- The creators of the Texas Watershed Steward program, which was conceived and developed in 2006 to increase understanding of watershed processes, have been recognized with a Superior Service Award from the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, an agency of the Texas A&M University System.
In Texas, more than half of the assessed water bodies are considered impaired. The Texas Watershed Steward program seeks to engage the public and empower them to take an active role in water resources management and protection.
The program comprises a comprehensive one-day, team-taught training curriculum consisting of five units. Each unit features an interactive topic module that keeps participants active and engaged, and question-and-answer scenarios connect them to their own watershed's unique issues and needs.
By the end of 2010, more than 25 workshops had been conducted across the state, producing over 1300 Texas Watershed Stewards.
Two dozen workshops are being planned for 2011 and 2012. Interested individuals can visit the Texas Watershed Steward website for more information or to register for the online version of the program.