Texas Waters Specialist

Through this program, we want to develop a corps ofCreek well-informed volunteer specialists who provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of aquatic resources and aquatic habitats within their communities for the state of Texas. Questions? Please direct them to Melissa Alderson, Conservation Education Manager, melissa.alderson@tpwd.texas.gov 

Program Requirements

Accumulate at least 8 hours of Advanced Training utilizing the Texas Waters curriculum:

  • Attend Texas Waters events, sessions, and field trips at the Texas Master Naturalist Annual Meeting
  • Attend Texas Waters webinars. If you missed any of the 2017 webinars, you can still use them to earn AT by forming a small interactive study group and watch the recorded webinars (below) with discussion.
  • Small group interactive study (Use the chapters in the curriculum and the "Questions to Consider" to guide your study and discussion.
  • Other approved Texas Waters learning activities such as Texas Stream Team and CoCoRaHS training (Limit-4 hours)

Texas Waters Specialist - Volunteer Registration and Reporting Guide

2017 Texas Waters Webinars 

  • February 27th 6:30 - 7:30 pm CST -“The characteristics, components and value of healthy Watershed Ecosystems", with Megan Bean, TPWD, View Recorded Webinar, Megan's PowerPoint
  • April 18th 6:30 - 7:30 pm CST "The Ecological Significance of Natural Flow Regimes", with Kevin Mayes, TPWD. View Recorded Webinar, Kevin's PowerPoint
  • June 22nd 6:30-7:30 pm CST "Instruments of Watershed Change", with Nikki Dictson, Extension Program Specialist with the Texas Water Resources Institute. View Recorded Webinar, Nikki's PowerPoint
  • August 22nd 6:30-7:30 pm CST "Texas Water Law and Planning", with Cindy Loeffler, Chief, Water Resources Branch, TPWD. View Recorded Webinar, Cindy's Presentation

2018 Texas Waters Webinars

  • December 19th 6:30-7:30 pm CST - "Aquatic Invasive Species" with Monica McGarrity, TPWD, View Recorded Webinar, Monica's PowerPoint
  • February 15th 6:00-7:00 pm CST - "Urban Stream/Bayou Management/Challenges" with Mateo Scoggins, City of Austin Watershed Protection, View Recorded Webinar, Mateo's PowerPoint
  • February 27th 6:00-7:00 pm CST - "Groundwater/Surface Water and Freshwater Inflow" with Andy Sansom, The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, Recorded Webinar, Andy's PowerPoint
  • April 10th 6:30-7:30 pm CST - "Guadalupe Bass/Small Mouth Bass Introduction/Removal" (Chapter 1) with Gordon Linum, TPWD, Recorded Webinar, Gordon's Presentation
  • May 29th 6:30-7:30 pm CST - "Groundwater and Surface Water Rights" (Chapter 9) with Robert Mace, PhD,
    The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment Associate Director, and Chief Water Policy Officer, Recorded Webinar,  Robert's PowerPoint
  • June 26th 6:30-7:30 pm CST - "Texas Water Entities" (Chapter 9) with Cindy Loeffler, TPWD, Recorded Webinar, Cindy's PowerPoint
  • August 7th 6:30- 7:30 pm CST - "Coastal Ecology and Issues" (Chapters 1, 2, 6, 7, 8) with Holly Grand, TPWD, Register Now!
  • August 28th 6:30-7:30 pm CST - "Our Changing Climate and the Impact on Texas' Fish, Wildlife, and Habitats (Texas Waters Chapter 8)" with Katharine Hayhoe, PhD, Texas Tech University Climate Scientist, Register Now!

Annual Renewal Requirements

  • Participate in at least one chapter approved volunteer service project. Some examples can be found here. Such projects must contribute at least 10 hours of volunteer service in the area of water and watersheds. 

Texas Master Naturalists

Texas Master Naturalists should enter their Advanced Training hours under the "AT: TX Waters Certification Training" opportunity for AT Credit. The hours required to obtain certification and for community service are not on top of existing chapter requirements; instead, can be counted toward your annual chapter requirements.

Only active Texas Waters Specialists will be able to attend an exclusive Texas Waters field trip during the following year’s Texas Waters Day.

Frequently Asked Questions