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The Geronimo Flow

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The Geronimo and Alligator Creeks Watershed Partnership was formed in 2010 to restore and protect water quality in the Geronimo and Alligator Creeks Watershed due to elevated levels of bacteria and nitrate-nitrogen.

The Partnership completed a Watershed Protection Plan in 2012 and is now working toward full implementation.  The purpose of this newsletter is to inform and engage local stakeholders in helping to improve and protect the quality of water in Geronimo and Alligator Creeks. For more information about the project visit our website: www.geronimocreek.org
 

This is an example of the rain garden to be installed at the ILSOLC. Rain garden benefits include less stormwater runoff, slower runoff, less pollution in runoff, more groundwater supplies, and improved landscape.

See what is happening at the Irma Lewis Seguin Outdoor Learning Center...

There will be some groundbreaking (literally) projects happening this summer at the Irma Lewis Seguin Outdoor Learning Center (ILSOLC).  Visitors will soon be greeted at the ILSOLC with a rain garden and vegetated swale. The swale and rain garden are planned to be installed along the main drive leading to the covered pavilion. These two structures will slow down and absorb rainfall runoff, and filter pollutants being carried away in the runoff that would normally enter Geronimo Creek. They also help to recharge groundwater supplies.  
The installation of these structures are a continuation of a grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality that the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority received last year. In this grant, GBRA partnered with the ILSOLC and Extension to install these structures, while also developing educational modules to be used at the outdoor learning center.

Smart Growth Workshop is coming back!

Mark your calendars for a Smart Growth Workshop coming to the area September 20th! The workshop will be a combination of in-class presentations and outdoor demonstrations, and will be held at the Irma Lewis Seguin Outdoor Learning Center. Highlights will include in-class instruction, outdoor demonstrations, and potential professional CEUs!
Dr. Fouad Jaber, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Specialist in Integrated Water Resources Management, will address linkages between land use types, water quality, and community character as well as ways to reduce stormwater runoff volume and improve water quality through use of Low Impact Development (LID) techniques.  The first ever Smart Growth Workshop was held two years ago, but is back and promises to be better than ever!
Contact Ward Ling at wling@tamu.edu for more information, or to register.

Typical aerobic system control panel.

Homeowner Septic System Workshops October 24th and 25th in Seguin

When is the last time you had your septic system pumped--do you really need to? Ever wonder what goes on inside that mystery thing out back? Is the additive you are flushing down the drain actually helping? Come get the answers to these and many other questions!
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present a general 2-hour “Homeowner Maintenance of Septic Systems Course” from 6-8 p.m. Monday, October 24th.  A 6-hour class focusing on aerobic systems is scheduled for 8:30 am until 3:30 Tuesday, October 25th.
The classes are free and will be held at the Guadalupe County AgriLife Extension office at 210 E. Live Oak Street in Seguin.
The 2-hour program will provide a basic understanding of the operation and maintenance activities of conventional and aerobic septic systems. The 6-hour class will focus on the operation and maintenance activities of aerobic systems, and will certify homeowners in Guadalupe County to maintain their own system. Topics covered will include treatment processes, health and safety considerations, how to inspect and maintain the system, and instruction on how activities in the home can impact the system. Both courses provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions, including when to pump out a tank, and what should not go down the drain.
Seating is limited, so registration is required to reserve a seat. To register for either class, contact Ling at 979-845-6980 or wling@tamu.edu.  For more information, go to http://www.geronimocreek.org/
These classes are free to homeowners due to a Clean Water Act grant provided to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board.

Now Showing--New Pollution Videos!

Students in the Seguin High School Project Based Learning Class developed several videos about how to protect our creeks from different types of pollution. As part of the class, students created the video ideas, scripts, and acted in the videos. The first drafts of the videos were unveiled during a rainwater harvesting class last year, and have since gone through final editing. They are posted on the Geronimo Creek website for your summertime viewing pleasure.
Please take a moment out of your busy summer and see what really puts the "poo in pollution."

http://www.geronimocreek.org/projects/default.aspx

A Brief History of Geronimo Creek

The earliest settlers in the Geronimo Creek watershed were....click here to continue reading.
 

A Clean Water Act grant was provided to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to implement the Geronimo and Alligator Creeks Watershed Protection Plan.

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Ward Ling
wling@tamu.edu
979-845-6980
http://www.geronimocreek.org/

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