SAN MARCOS— With the Rio Grande coming under increasing pressure from all quarters, the future of the river and its water will be examined during a one-day water-quality workshop at the International Museum of Art and Science in McAllen on Saturday, Aug. 14.
Sponsored by the International Museum of Art and Science, the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC), the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and Texas Watch, the forum will examine the relationship between water quality and water quantity, the human health issues related to the river, and the impact of invasive species.
Today, the Rio Grande's legacy of providing an abundant source of clean and affordable drinking water legacy faces significant challenges. Rapid population growth and urban expansion creates nonpoint source pollution (NPS). NPS occurs when storm water carries oil, grease, pesticides and other pollutants to our creeks and rivers. NPS threatens water quality and potentially increases the cost of water.
During the workshop, distinguished presenters will address NPS as well as other issues such as:
For registration information, please contact Texas Watch Program Administrator Terry Wendland, at (877) 506-1401 or TW05@txstate.edu.
Texas Watch is a joint partnership of the TCEQ, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Texas State University-San Marcos Department of Geography, with the mission of expanding understanding and awareness of water quality and NPS issues across Texas. Through education, data collection, and community action, Texas Watch facilitates environmental stewardship by empowering a statewide network of concerned volunteers and partners in a collaborative effort to promote a healthy and safe environment. For more information, visit the Texas Watch web site at http://www.texaswatch.geo.txstate.edu.