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The Lone Star Healthy Streams program educates Texas landowners on how to best protect waterways from bacterial contributions associated with horses, livestock and feral hogs. “In Tarrant County a large number of our small-acreage land-owners have horses and enjoy the lifestyle of trail rides, horse shows and rodeos,” says Tarrant County AgriLife Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent Fred M. Hall. To help land-owners understand how their horses and other livestock can effect water quality downstream the programs will focus on the Eagle Mountain and Village Creek watersheds.

On Tuesday, November 1 the program will be hosted at the Tarrant County Resource Connection at 110 Circle Drive in Fort Worth and on Wednesday, November 2 it will be hosted at the Fort Worth Nature Center located at 9601 Fossil Ridge Road in Fort Worth.

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The Lone Star Healthy Streams program educates Texas landowners on how to best protect waterways from bacterial contributions associated with horses, livestock and feral hogs. “In Tarrant County a large number of our small-acreage land-owners have horses and enjoy the lifestyle of trail-rides, horse-shows and rodeos,” says Tarrant County AgriLife Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent Fred M. Hall. To help land-owners understand how their horses and other livestock can effect water quality downstream we have focused on the Eagle Mountain and Village Creek watersheds.

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The fourth public meeting for the Village Creek-Lake Arlington Watershed Protection Partnership is set for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 22. It will be held at the Texas Health Huguley Hospital fitness center amphitheater located at 11801 South Freeway in Burleson, Texas.

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Since private water well owners are responsible for the quality of their drinking water, the Texas Well Owner Network program on Thursday, August 18 in Crowley will provide in-depth knowledge to maintain a safe water resource for your family, plus it will be a convenient place to have your water screened for nitrates, total dissolved solids and bacteria.

The program, which is free and open to the public, will be from 1-5 p.m. at the Crowley Recreation Center, 405 S. Oak St., said Drew Gholson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist and network coordinator in College Station.

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This workshop will focus on the Village Creek/Lake Arlington Watershed and is being co-hosted by the Trinity River Authority, The AgriLife Extension Office in Tarrant County, and the Texas Water Resources Institute. The training will focus on the nature and function of stream and riparian zones and the benefits and direct impacts from healthy riparian zones.

The riparian education program will cover an introduction to riparian principles, watershed processes, basic hydrology, erosion/deposition principles, and riparian vegetation, as well as potential causes of degradation and possible resulting impairment(s), and available local resources including technical assistance and tools that can be employed to prevent and/or resolve degradation. This one-day trainings will include both indoor classroom presentations and outdoor stream walks.

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The program for the the Village Creek-Lake Arlington watershed will take place from 1-5 p.m. on Thursday, March 10 at the Trinity River Authority of Texas General Office, 5300 S. Collins St. in Arlington.

Doors will open at noon for a free lunch for attendees who preregister by March 8.

The workshop will be presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board in cooperation with the Trinity River Authority.

“The training is free and open to anyone interested in improving water quality in the region,” said Aaron Hoff, watershed coordinator for the project. Participants are asked to preregister at http://agrilife.org/urbantarrantag/program-registration or on the Texas Watershed Steward website at http://tws.tamu.edu.

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