Category Archives: Water

Healthy Lawns Healthy Waters program held

Everyone with a lawn has the opportunity to be an environmental steward. This was part of the message presented at the recent Healthy Lawns Healthy Waters program at the Guadalupe Water Conservation District office in Seguin by John Smith, an AgriLife Extension program specialist focused on water quality, Reagan Hejl, a research associate in turfgrass science, and Ward Ling, an AgriLife Extension program specialist in watershed protection. Turfgrass lawns are a resource that can help prevent soil erosion, dissipate heat, filter chemical pollutants, improve surface water quality and… Read More →

Water conference to address rural and urban water issues

By: Beth Luedeker Contact: Diane Boellstorff, dboellstorff@tamu.edu Drew Gholson, drew.gholson@msstate.edu Joel Pigg, j-pigg@tamu.edu Landowners are becoming increasingly aware of the value of water and water quality. Those and others issues will be addressed at the Southern Region Water Conference July 23-25 in College Station, TX. The conference, titled “Improving Adoption of Sustainable Water Management Practices” will focus on optimizing water use efficiency and protecting water quality in the southern United States. Speakers will provide relevant information for all water users, not just agriculture producers. Wednesday’s keynote address will… Read More →

Texas A&M-designed irrigation runoff mitigation system patented, available for licensing

By: Kay Ledbetter Contact: Dr. Ben Wherley – b-wherley@tamu.edu Just as temperatures begin to heat up and lawns begin to seemingly beg for water, Texas A&M AgriLife faculty were recognized at a patent award banquet for their irrigation runoff mitigation system. With water waste a growing problem nationwide, an interdisciplinary team of engineers, irrigation researchers and turfgrass experts have spent the past two years designing a solution to conserve strained water supplies in municipal landscapes. Leading the invention were Dr. Ben Wherley, Texas A&M AgriLife Research turfgrass ecologist,… Read More →

Pigg new coordinator of Texas Well Owner Network program

Writer: Kay Ledbetter Contact: Joel Pigg, 979-845-1461, j-pigg@tamu.edu Dr. Diane Boellstorff, 979-458-3562, dboellstorff@tamu.edu David “Joel” Pigg is combining his Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and water conservation district experiences in his new position as the Texas Well Owner Network, or TWON, coordinator. Pigg began his new position April 15, and is located in the Texas A&M University soil and crop sciences department at College Station. The TWON program, http://twon.tamu.edu/, provides private water well screenings and wellhead protection educational trainings to private water well managers. “I’m very excited to… Read More →

Experts: Get private well water screened after flooding to ensure safety

Writer: Paul Schattenberg Results from Texas well water screenings in areas affected by flooding over the past few years show the importance of those screenings in helping ensure water quality and human health, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel supporting the agency’s Texas Well Owner Network, or TWON. “Private water well owners whose wells have been flooded should assume their well water is contaminated until tested,” said Dr. Diane Boellstorff, AgriLife Extension water resource specialist in the department of soil and crop sciences, College Station. “You should… Read More →

Water quality training October 9 in Austin will focus on Shoal Creek

Contact: Michael Kuitu, 979-862-4457, mkuitu@tamu.edu Joanna Wolaver, 512-565-0812, joanna@shoalcreekconservancy.org Noel Troxclair, 512-854-9600, noel.troxclair@ag.tamu.edu A Texas Watershed Steward workshop on water quality related to Shoal Creek will be held from 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. October 9 at the Lamar Senior Activities Center, 2874 Shoal Crest Avenue in Austin. Interested persons are also invited to attend an 11:00 a.m.-noon Shoal Creek stakeholder meeting immediately prior to the workshop. The workshop is presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board in cooperation with the… Read More →

Rainwater harvesting, turf management training Sept. 20-21 in Boerne and San Antonio

By: AgriLife Today Contacts: John W Smith, 979-845-2761, johnwsmith@tamu.edu Dr. Becky Grubbs, 979-845-3041, bgrubbs@tamu.edu Dr. Diane Boellstorff, 979-458-3562, dboellstorff@tamu.edu Reagan Hejl, 979-845-5252, Reagan.hejl@tamu.edu Lee Marlowe, 210-302-3624, lmarlow@sara-tx.org Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s Healthy Lawns and Healthy Waters Program is hosting two residential rainwater harvesting and turf management trainings in Boerne and San Antonio on Sept. 20 and 21, respectively. The first training, in collaboration with the Upper Cibolo Creek Watershed Partnership, will be from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Sept. 20 at the Cibolo Nature Center, 140 City Park Road… Read More →

Summer intern benefits water programs

By: Beth Ann Luedeker Contact: Dr. Jake Mowrer – jake.mowrer@tamu.edu Makayla Faldyn, who will begin her senior year at Texas A&M in just a few weeks, spent her summer as a water resource restoration and protection intern with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension water program in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences. “I have a passion for science, communication and education, so this internship fit me perfectly,” said Faldyn. “I got to learn more about watersheds, set up meetings, and even deliver outreach education. I also got… Read More →

Water-wise Tips for Turfgrass offered

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Becky Grubbs, 979-845-0603, bgrubbs@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Lawn owners may be second-guessing their regular maintenance practices, especially in the hottest and driest months. Dr. Becky Grubbs, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service turfgrass specialist in the Department of Soil and Crops Sciences in College Station, has published a Water-Wise Checklist for Texas Home Lawns and Other Turfgrass Areas to help with lawn maintenance this summer. “We know this is the time of year when Texans become particularly concerned about their lawns,” Grubbs… Read More →

6th Annual Geronimo and Alligator Creeks Watershed Cleanup

Writer: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Ward Ling, 979-845-6980, wling@tamu.edu In spite of a cold front that blew in, volunteers came out in force for the recent annual Geronimo and Alligator Creeks Clean Up, coordinated by the Geronimo and Alligator Creeks Partnership, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority. The cleanup is part of implementation efforts for the area’s watershed protection plan, coordinators said. Geronimo Creek and its tributary Alligator Creek flow through Comal and Guadalupe counties. Both creeks were identified for watershed protection plan… Read More →