Where does our stormwater go?

June 10, 2017 at 5:27 p.m.
Updated June 11, 2017 at 6 a.m.

 Matt Bochat

Matt Bochat   FRANK TILLEY for The Victoria Advocate

Matt Bochat

Have you ever been watching a nice, heavy rain and wondering where all that runoff goes?

Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes to manage stormwater runoff?

Do you try to capture rainwater for your own use later?

Many of us are oblivious to where rainwater eventually ends up.

We see it running off our house and into the yard and down the ditch and from there, we generally, don't care.

When we have a high rainfall event that extra water ends up in our gutters, sewers, streams ditches, and rivers.

Does this have an impact on the ecology of the environment in which the water comes in contact? Depending on the amount of water runoff and the possible pollutants it may be carrying, it can have a serious impact on plant and animal species, and even humans.

It is possible to manage stormwater across our yards or property with some easy tips or steps and simple common sense. Various organizations are working across the U.S. to manage our stormwater and wetland areas for beneficial use.

Consequently, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension along with several partners including Texas Coastal Watershed Program, Texas Sea Grant, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Atkins have teamed up to bring you a terrific program. The program is titled Managing our Stormwater, from Gutter to Gator. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 21 at the Victoria Educational Gardens Pavilion, 283 Bachelor Drive, at the Victoria Regional Airport.

Topics of discussion will include collecting and cleansing stormwater runoff at home and in the neighborhood, water efficient landscapes to provide function and beauty, using wetlands in flood control basins for water quality and habitat, and how large scale wetland restoration benefits us all. The cost of the program is free, and a meal will be served courtesy of our sponsor Atkins. If you are attending the program, you must register online at tcwp.tamu.edu/events.

If you have an interest in water quality and conservation, wetland habitat or the WaterSmart program, this is the educational opportunity for you.

The day will be full of great information and knowledgeable professionals to answer any questions you have about water runoff.

If you need more information about this program, please don't hesitate to give the office of Texas A&M Agrilife Extension - Victoria County a call at 361-575-4581. Water is a precious resource that must be managed properly to conserve for future use.

Matt Bochat is a County Extension Agent - Ag/Natural Resources Victoria County Texas A&M Agrilife Extension.


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