ARCSA Sessions 2017-04-20T18:33:40+00:00

ARCSA Approved Sessions

Get your ARCSA CEUs by attending the sessions below.

Charles Swanson

ET Programs for Landscape Irrigation

This presentation will discuss the use of evapotranspiration (ET) in managing landscape irrigation water use. Presentation will cover a review of basic ET concepts, irrigation products in the marketplace that use ET and residential programs and resources for landscape managers and homeowners to access and utilize ET information.


1) Introduction and Review of ET Concepts
2) Overview of the TexasET Network
3) The EPA WaterSense Programs labeling of weather based irrigation controllers
4) ET Controller Products and 6 year summary of ET based controllers trend and performance in Texas
5) Introduction of Agrilife Extensions Water My Yard Program for helping homeowners and landscape irrigation managers determine weekly irrigation runtimes using ET concepts

Dotty Woodson

Rainwater Harvesting for Urban Irrigation

Water use increases from 35 to 70% during the irrigation season. Water utilities must have the supply, treatment capability and infrastructure to supply this increased water demand. As large urban areas grow in population and development, the cost of supply, treatment and infrastructure increases therefore the water cost to customers increase. An affordable option for landscape irrigation is rainwater harvesting..


1. Rainwater Harvesting for Irrigation
2. Water Conservation
3. Stormwater Management

Dr. Robert Mace

What’s Up with Texas Water?

In this one-hour presentation, I will discuss (1) the new state water plan with an emphasis on what the plan says about water conservation (which directly impacts landscapes), (2) the report to the legislature by the Water Conservation Advisory Council (which includes items of interest to landscapers), and (3) a status overview of what is going on in the current legislative session on water.


1. Learn about state water planning, their role in state water planning, and how they can help implement the water plan.
2. Learn about the Water Conservation Advisory Council, what the Council does, and what it recommended in its last report to the legislature.
3. Inform attendees on what’s happening with water and water conservation legislation in the current legislative session.

Dr. Tim Pannkuk

Using ET Data for Landscape Decisions

An explanation of weather station ET data for use in landscape irrigation decision making. Benefits and shortcomings of ET data will also be presented, as well as recent findings in landscape water conservation research.


1. Audience will comprehend weather station ET data
2. Audience will understand how to use ET data for irrigation decision making
3. Audience will comprehend both benefits and shortcomings of weather station ET data

Dr. Fouad Jaber

Green Stormwater Infrastructure: Design and Performance in Texas

Urbanization has resulted in increased imperviousness which resulted in larger runoff flow rates, volume and deteriorated water quality. Traditional stormwater management has focused mainly on flood reduction by conveying water in large pipes to stormwater sewers resulting in higher flows and pollution in streams and lakes. This resulted in increased streambank erosion, increased water quality impairments in Texas streams and increased eutrophication and fish kills in lakes. Green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) which includes bio-retention areas (rain gardens), permeable pavements, rainwater harvesting and green roofs have presented a viable alternative to traditional conveyance management. These practices increase infiltration, reduce runoff flow rates and volume and improve water quality in a decentralized approach. A experimental setup was built at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas where these practices were designed, built, and monitored for performance over a period of three years. GSI reduce flows and volumes by more than 50% and improved water quality by removing 80% or more of sediments and reducing Nitrate, phosphate and E. coli.


1. Understand the impact of urbanization on streams and lakes
2. Understand the design of Green Stormwater Infrastructure
3. Evaluate the performance of GSI in Texas

Dr. Kenneth Farrish

Advance Water Properties of Soil and How These Properties Effect Your Irrigation Procedures

In this presentation, gain informative insight on how water and soil relate and learn to understand how particular soil properties effect aspects of water including soil water content, water potentials, water movement, water coefficients and available water capacity. Also gain understanding on the overall hydrologic cycle and how routine soil procedures impact water/soil properties.


1. Measuring Soil Water Content
2. Soil Water Potentials, Movement and Coefficients
3. Available Water Capacity within Soils
4. Factors Affecting Total Available Water such as Soils and the Hydrologic Cycle, Soil Aeration and Soil Drainage.

Dean Minchillo

Water Conservation Efforts: Making a Difference

This presentation will highlight water conservation efforts performed by the Tarrant Regional Water District over the past 10 years and how they have made a difference in water demands. Included will be information on anticipated population growth and water demand projections; the various water providers across the metroplex and their respective service areas; and working together to simplify drought contingency messages.


1. Who is Tarrant Regional Water District and what role do they play in water supply
2. Other water providers in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex; water conservation efforts/messaging and why it is important, especially to the green industry
3. Difference between water conservation and drought contingency.

Patrick Dickinson

Connecting the water drops in Texas Landscapes

A holistic view of the next generation Texas landscape. We hear all the time about practices we should be incorporating into Texas landscapes like alternative water, native & adaptive plants, irrigation audits and new irrigation technology, but how do they all fit together? What does it look like and how efficient are the new landscapes when we combine all of these practices? Which of these practices are necessary for a more sustainable landscape?


1. Understanding alternative water resources and uses in the landscape
2. In-depth look at water efficient landscapes
3. Best practices for creating and maintaining a more sustainable landscape

Chris Gaines

Integrating Auxiliary Water Supply and Stormwater Management into Landscape Systems

With rising population and the uncertainty of our climate patterns, the stress on our local water resources is only going to become greater. Taking a long-term view on the situation may be the only way for us to alleviate this stress. In this presentation, we will examine two methods that can reduce the stress on our local water resources. Incorporating auxiliary water supply opportunities into our landscapes, we can reduce our demand for municipal water, allowing our homes and properties to become more self-sufficient. Integrating green stormwater management or low impact development techniques into our landscapes, we lessen the potential negative affect that stormwater runoff has on our local communities while creating better landscapes.


• Learn about the various auxiliary water opportunities on a property
• Learn how to plan your landscapes for auxiliary water use
• Learn about the many different green stormwater management techniques available for your toolkit
• Learn how to take an integrated view of water conservation and stormwater management