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Texas Watershed Steward Program

Texas Watershed Steward Program

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Texas AgriLife document about the Texas Watershed Steward Program.
Texas AgriLife document about the Texas Watershed Steward Program.

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Water bodies within a watershed can be aected by many types of nonpoint source polluon.Recognizing these sources of polluon and methods for their control and prevenonis crical. The Texas Watershed Steward (TWS) program is a partnership betweenthe Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas State Soil and Water ConservaonBoard (TSSWCB) to provide science-based, watershed educaon to help cizens idenfy and take acon toaddress local water quality impairments.
Anyone with a willingness to learn and adesire to improve and protect communitywater resources can become a TexasWatershed Steward. Anyone living ina watershed including homeowners,agricultural producers, decision-makers,and community leaders are all encouraged tolearn more about this program and become TexasWatershed Stewards.
Who Are Texas Watershed Stewards?
Watershed stewardship means caring for the water,
air, and biodiversity in the enre watershed, while
acknowledging that everything is connected and is
aected by natural and human acvies. Water isthe most crical component of our life’s existence.
Without clean water resources, we simply cannot
survive. The quality and quanty of water foundwithin our watersheds are greatly aected by how
we choose to live on the land. And since each andevery one of us lives in a watershed, good watershedstewardship is crucial to ensuring the sustainability of 
our water resources for generaons to come.
If we become aware of our watersheds, becomeeducated about the needs of our watersheds,
understand the eects that our acvies have on
watersheds, and discover ways to get involved in ourwatersheds, we will act more responsibly to preserve,protect, and enhance them.
Why is Watershed Stewardship Important?What are the Goals of the Program?
The Texas Watershed Steward program promotes
healthy watersheds by increasing cizen awareness,
understanding, and knowledge about the nature and
funcon of watersheds, potenal impairments, andwatershed protecon strategies to minimize nonpointsource polluon.
The broad goals of the Texas Watershed Steward Programinclude the following:
Increase cizen awareness and knowledge of water
issues.Protect and improve local water resources.
Empower individuals to take leadership roles
involving community water issues.Increase stakeholder involvement in Watershed
Protecon Plan (WPP) and/or Total Maximum DailyLoad (TMDL) development processes by educangand organizing local cizens.
exas Watershedteward Program
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