Lecture series spotlights Texas’ waters

Lecture series spotlights Texas’ waters
Posted on 01/30/2019
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Marianela Milner’s knowledge of Texas’ water resources was limited to what she learned while growing up in West Texas. Milner knew that water is a scarce and valuable commodity in the Chihuahuan Desert. In 2018, she attended El Paso Water’s Texas Waters Lecture Series at the TecH2O Learning Center, and the floodgates of information opened.

“The Texas Waters series of classes exposed me to a wealth of knowledge about the rest of Texas and its natural and manmade water resources,” said Milner, secretary of the Trans-Pecos Chapter of Texas Master Naturalist. “The ecology and preservation of our water resources all across Texas is vital and necessary. I loved learning how Texans are working together to make Texas waters clean and safe for all life.”

Certification available

EPWater collaborated with Texas Parks and Wildlife to offer the lecture series. Over the course of seven months, the seven lectures drew 201 participants. For those who attended all seven, Texas Parks and Wildlife granted certifications in hopes that the participants would give back to the community through educational programs.

“We have an amazing community of residents who are genuinely interested in our local environment and water resources,” said Norma Guzman-Kennedy, EPWater Conservation Specialist. “They are taking what they learned in the classroom and putting it to practical use in our own community.”

Experts in various fields presented their insights, along with information from the book “Texas Waters: Exploring Water and Watersheds.”

About the series

During the Wetland Metaphors lecture, a mystery box activity containing everyday items  was displayed for participants to guess items’ relationships to a wetland. One participant pulled out a nest. Wetlands are nurseries for migratory birds.Participants joined in hands-on activities corresponding to particular lessons. Topics were:

  • Texas aquatic habitats and the species they support
  • Characteristics, components and value of a healthy watershed ecosystem
  • Ecosystem services
  • Ecological significance of natural flow regimes
  • The roles and function of wetlands and estuarine systems
  • Natural instruments of watershed change and human-caused instruments of watershed change
  • Texas water law and planning

Participants found the lecture series worthwhile.

“Thanks to this insightful program, my appreciation has grown for each drop of water we do have,” said Joseph Arteaga, president of the Trans-Pecos Chapter of Texas Master Naturalist. “I have also learned what a great job El Paso Water has done to assure our community will have water for many years to come.”

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