Archive for March 14th, 2013

Conservation: Urban Life / Rural Impact

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Austin watershed, Artwork Virginia Vaughan,

Austin watershed, Artwork Virginia Vaughan,

This is Passport to Texas

Most urbanites don’t realize they reside in watersheds; they’re also unaware the vitality of these natural drainage systems affects their quality of life, and that their behavior inside the concrete jungle influences the natural world beyond it. How do we raise collective awareness?

04— One thing we’re doing is trying to get them out of those urban areas and on to the countryside to go enjoy it.

Dr. Gary Garrett is state director of the watershed conservation program for Texas Parks and Wildlife. He says engaging nature leads to understanding and protecting it.

05— If you can use it, you support it; that’s just human nature. If you don’t use it, you’re not very interested in it.

While Dr. Garrett’s work involves guiding landowners through proper land management practices – which affects water runoff, absorption, quality and quality – he says educating cities and their citizens about their role in protecting watersheds is critical.

21— That clean, abundant water that we all want takes work. I’d love to see cities fully embrace that, and actually invest in those upstream areas – for their own good – to help us preserve those…
and to keep those solid clean flowing waters, and solid good environments available to use…and always there for your benefit.

Learn more about watersheds when you log onto the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program supports our series and funds conservation projects in Texas.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.