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 Felty (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 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)

During times of COVID-19, modifications to obtaining TWS certification AT hours (not a requirement but options for AT as social distancing continues):

Texas Waters Specialist - Volunteer Registration and Reporting Guide

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.

Annual Renewal Requirements

Participate in at least 10 hours of volunteer services in the area of water and watersheds.  Projects should be pre-approved. Some examples can be found here.

2020 Texas Waters Webinars

    • Tuesday, January 14th 6:30-7:30 pm CST - "One Water: Managing Water Resources to Sustain Healthy Aquatic Ecosystems" with Cindy Loeffler, P.E., Water Resources Branch Chief, TPWD Recorded Webinar, Cindy's PowerPoint
    • Wednesday, February 12th 6:30-7:30 pm CST - "New Tools for Environmental Flow Information" with Kevin Mayes, Natural Resources Specialist, TPWD; Instream Flow Council-Resources (Scroll down to Texas) link to Environmental Tools, Recorded Webinar, Kevin's PowerPoint
    • Wednesday, March 18th 6:30-7:30 pm CST - "CoCoRaHs" with Bill Runyon CoCoRaHs-Texas State Coordinator, Retired, National Weather Service CoCoRaHS newsletter (Scroll down to Texas) The Crowd and the Cloud video (Click on CoCoRaHS to the left) Recorded Webinar, Bill's PowerPoint.
    • Tuesday, April 7th 6:30-7:30 pm CST - "Groundwater Conservation Districts" with Natalie Ballew, Manager, Texas Water Development Board TWDB webpage, Recorded Webinar, Natalie's PowerPoint
    • Tuesday, May 19th 6:30-7:30 pm CST – "Comptroller Office Natural Resource Programs" with Chelsea Jones, Senior Research Analyst, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Register
    • Wednesday, June 17th 6:30-7:30 pm CST - "Urban Water Cycle and City of Waco Water Drop Tour" with

      Nora Schell, Lake Waco Wetlands Coordinator, City of Waco-Water Utilities & Melissa L. Mullins, Environmental Education Specialist, Baylor University-Center for Reservoir and Aquatic Systems Research Register

    • Thursday, July 16th 6:30-7:30 pm CST - "Upper Coast Wetland Ecosystem Project" with Mike Rezsutek, Project Leader, TPWD Register
    • Thursday, August 13th 6:30- 7:30 pm CST - "River Restoration Guidelines" with Ryan McGillicuddy, Conservation Biologist, TPWD & Michelle Bertelsen, 

      Ecologist and Land Steward, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center & John Hart Asher, MLA, Senior Environmental Designer, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Register


Past Webinars