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Water bodies within a watershed can be aected by many types of nonpoint source polluon.Recognizing these sources of polluon and methods for their control and prevenonis crical. The Texas Watershed Steward (TWS) program is a partnership betweenthe Texas AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas State Soil and Water ConservaonBoard (TSSWCB) to provide science-based, watershed educaon to help cizens idenfy and take acon 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 enre watershed, while
acknowledging that everything is connected and is
aected by natural and human acvies. Water isthe most crical component of our life’s existence.
Without clean water resources, we simply cannot
survive. The quality and quanty of water foundwithin our watersheds are greatly aected 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 generaons to come.
If we become aware of our watersheds, becomeeducated about the needs of our watersheds,
understand the eects that our acvies 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 cizen awareness,
understanding, and knowledge about the nature and
funcon of watersheds, potenal impairments, andwatershed protecon strategies to minimize nonpointsource polluon.
The broad goals of the Texas Watershed Steward Programinclude the following:
Increase cizen 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
Protecon Plan (WPP) and/or Total Maximum DailyLoad (TMDL) development processes by educangand organizing local cizens.
exas Watershedteward Program
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