Protecting Baffin Bay’s Natural Resources: Soil Health Workshop

at Riviera High School Library, 203 Seahawk Dr., Riviera, TX 78379 on January 9th at 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Baffin Bay supports some of the highest recreational and commercial fishery landings in Texas. It also contains critical habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife and is surrounded by a thriving agricultural community. Current water quality impairments and degradation threaten its health and future.

An existing local Baffin Bay Stakeholder Group, consisting of fisherman, landowners, ranchers, business owners, local government, and agencies, would like to expand protection efforts. The development of a locally driven plan for voluntarily addressing issues through a unified approach provides an advantage when seeking funding for improvement projects. Please join us and share feedback on your vision for the future of Baffin Bay.  

The health of Baffin Bay is influenced by the inputs onto land and into creeks and tributaries that feed into the bay. As part of an ongoing effort to assess the characteristics and needs of the Baffin Bay watershed, Texas Sea Grant is partnering with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board to provide information about conservation practices that focus on healthy soil and adaptive grazing management.

This workshop is modeled after the Texas Soil Health Short Course, which is designed to provide leading dynamic soil properties research and technical information for Texans along with producers’ practical approaches to implement a system to improve soil health. This workshop will provide conservation demonstrations and hands-on field activities that will help attendees improve their own operation’s soil health. This workshop is also hosted in partnership with these other agencies: Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program, Enironmental Protection Agency, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and Riviera Independent School District. Special thanks to Kenedy-Kleberg #356 and Goliad #352 Soil and Water Conservation Districts for their generous donations.

RSVP at tx.ag/Baffin

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The workshop will provide:

  • Leading soil health research

  • A practical approach to implementation

  • A producer, researcher, and agency panel

  • A field tour with soil pits

  • Conservation demonstrations

  • Information on adaptive grazing management practices

  • Information about funding resources for landowners

For more information about the workshop series go to the Baffin Bay Early Phase Watershed Planning program page.

If you are unable to attend events or have additional feedback to provide us, feel free to click this link.