The TRWD watershed program strives to educate and inform local stakeholders and the public about their watershed, potential threats, and steps that can be taken to help improve and protect water quality.
The mission of TRWD’s Watershed Program is to protect water supplies through responsible watershed planning and stewardship. Whether the audience includes school children or adults, urban dwellers or farmers, education is a cornerstone of water quality protection and essential for successful watershed planning.
Program topics include basic watershed concepts and functions, point and non-point sources of pollution, stream processes and sources of erosion, stormwater management, agricultural conservation practices and water supplies and conservation.
About Outreach & Education
A strong education about water resources must start at an early age and continue throughout a person’s lifetime. TRWD supports youth and adult education as a means to develop and support well‐informed stakeholders for future watershed and water resource protection. The district delivers targeted, interactive learning experiences through direct delivery and partnerships with local organizations.
TRWD staff and partner organizations conduct programs at schools and other events to educate the public about topics such as erosion, water quality, conservation, and water supplies. The TRWD Stream Trailer is a fun way to learn how to keep sediment and pollution out of our streams and reservoirs. The trailer is available to support water‐related educational and outreach efforts in the Upper Trinity River watershed. A TEKS-aligned lesson plan
and curriculum guide
are available, covering topics such as watershed stewardship, stream processes and erosion, water supplies and conservation, and more. The trailers are suited for curriculum‐based education at schools and special events; teacher and professional workshops; summer camps; civic organizations, and others.
TRWD’s newest walk-through trailer is perfect for larger events, and is equipped with interactive Water Conservation education displays, a Watershed Enviroscape for stormwater, and a Rainfall Simulator. This 30″ experience trailer is suited for event‐based education at schools, festivals, & special events; teacher and professional workshops; summer camps; civic organizations, and others.
By partnering with other education‐based organizations, TRWD is able to provide a more comprehensive learning experience for students and adults alike. The Trinity River Project, conducted through a partnership between the Texas Wildlife Association Conservation Legacy Program
and Imagination Fort Worth
, delivers water‐related education to Fort Worth ISD students on the banks of the Trinity River. The annual Hamline University Trinity River Institute
teacher workshop provides field‐based professional development to help educators improve their students’ science knowledge and environmental literacy through the lens of watershed education. Texas A&M AgriLife provides a variety of water‐related information and local events through their Water Education Network
and 4‐H/Youth Development programs
About Urban Stormwater Education
When rain falls to the ground, it either soaks in or runs off. Plants provide a natural pathway along its leaves, stems, and roots, and finally to the ground where rain water can slowly soak in. When vegetation is replaced by rooftops, driveways, or other hard surfaces, water is prevented from soaking into the soil and is forced into storm drains and waterways. This fast‐moving stormwater has a much greater potential to create erosion and move pollutants into our streams, rivers and lakes.
Urban areas make up a relatively small part of TRWD reservoir watersheds, but stormwater
runoff from these areas can have significant impacts to water quality. Sediment, bacteria, nutrients, and toxic chemicals are some of the pollutants
that routinely occur in urban stormwater
TRWD encourages and supports urban stormwater management through several avenues. The district works with the city of Fort Worth to implement a joint Stormwater Management Plan
to address the problems caused by stormwater entering the Trinity River. Education about reducing stormwater
runoff is key to protecting watersheds and water quality.
The public can also keep watch on storm drains in Fort Worth by participating in the Adopt-A-Drain program
sponsored in partnership with the City of Fort Worth.