Education

Protection through education

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.

Youth Education

Resources for students and educators
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About Youth Education

A strong education about water resources must start at an early age and continue throughout a person’s lifetime. TRWD supports youth 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 for area youth 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 mobile 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.

Urban Stormwater

Protecting neighborhood streams
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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.
 

Demonstration Landscapes

Visit one of these projects for tips and techniques to use in your landscape
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About TRWD’S Demonstration Landscape

In partnership with Texas A&M AgriLife Water University, TRWD has developed a Demonstration Landscape project that showcases techniques to create and maintain beautiful residential landscaping that conserves water and protects water quality. Located on the TRWD main campus in Fort Worth, the landscape project is open by appointment for small tours and demonstrations.
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Agricultural Education

Resources for landowners and producers
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About Agricultural Education

Our nation depends on food and other products grown by farmers and ranchers. The majority of the watershed areas draining to TRWD reservoirs and the upper Trinity River contain farms and ranches, and are an important part of the region’s agricultural heritage. If not manged responsibly, these landscapes are capable of contributing sediment, nutrients, bacteria, and other pollutants to our streams and lakes.  Responsible watershed management begins with awareness and knowledge of the land and its processes.

TRWD encourages and supports responsible agriculture and good land stewardship by working closely with local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, state and federal entities, industry, and non‐profit organizations. Technical assistance, workshops, and demonstration projects help deliver information, resources, and new technology to agricultural producers throughout our watersheds. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension has a long history of agricultural education, and has been a significant partner in delivering science‐based resources to agricultural producers throughout TRWD watersheds. As the demographics of agricultural producers change, continued education is an important part of a sustained watershed protection program. The benefits of investments into new farming methods to enhance soil health have been seen by farmers and ranchers in TRWD’s watersheds.
Agricultural best management practices are structures and activities that help protect and improve water quality by minimizing the use of chemicals and controlling stormwater using techniques that reduce stormwater runoff and promote infiltration. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has developed regional lists of agricultural practices that protect soil and water from erosion and degradation. TRWD actively supports the use of these measures in our watersheds by supporting educational initiatives and implementation programs along with our state and local agricultural agencies.

GENERAL INFO

DEMONSTRATION LANDSCAPE HOURS/LOCATION

TRWD’s Demonstration Landscape is open to the public from 9am-5pm Monday through Friday. The landscape is located at 800 Northside Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76102.


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PLANNING AN EVENT?

To schedule the TRWD Stream Trailer at your next event, email Morgan Buob or call (817) 720-4419.

EDUCATION CONTACTS

EDUCATION & OUTREACH COORDINATOR
Morgan Buob
Morgan.Buob@trwd.com