Our District prioritizes providing the public with educational opportunities to address their natural resource concerns, emphasizing water quality and water conservation best management practices.
Community volunteers keep a daily record of rainfall amount in a gage at their respective residence. Annually, each volunteer submits a Rainfall Monitoring Report to the District’s office, where it is compiled into a database for reference.
These educational workshops often bring in outside speakers and hands-on builds. The District routinely partners with other local entities such as AgriLife Extension and Ranchers and Landowners Association of Texas (RLAT) to facilitate natural resource workshops.
- In 2015 BCRAGD, AgriLife Extension, and RLAT (along with sponsors) hosted the Bandera Water Workshops for the public, featuring an Aquaponic Potential workshop, an Agricultural H20 Conservation program, an Abandoned Well and Plugging program, and a Rainwater Potential workshop.
- In 2016 BCRAGD, AgriLife Extension, and RLAT facilitated a workshop titled, Growing a Garden with Less Water, in Lakehills, TX to highlight water-conserving techniques ranging from floating system aquaponics to hugel kultur. Another workshop titled, Local Water Resource Stewardship was brought to the community by AgriLife Extension and BCRAGD. This program outlined protection efforts on the Sabinal and Medina Rivers, groundwater management and protection, invasive species, and the flood warning system to protect landowners during flood events. Attendees with Private Applicator Licenses received 2 CEUs. In September BCRAGD staff were asked to present over watershed protection and policy at the Texas County Agricultural Agents Association Fall Retreat in Bandera.