Irrigation Sessions 2017-07-27T20:10:01+00:00

Irrigation Session Suggestions

Irrigation Professionals can achieve their full 8 hours of CEU from TCEQ by attending the following sessions!

ET Programs for Landscape Irrigation

Charles Swanson – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

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.

Session Take-aways:

  • Introduction and Review of ET Concepts
  • Overview of the TexasET Network
  • The EPA WaterSense Programs labeling of weather based irrigation controllers
  • ET Controller Products and 6 year summary of ET based controllers trend and performance in Texas

Rainwater Harvesting for Urban Irrigation

Dotty Woodson – Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

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.

Session Take-aways:

  • Rainwater Harvesting for Irrigation
  • Water Conservation
  • Stormwater Management

What’s Up with Texas Water?

Dr. Robert Mace – Texas Water Board

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.

Session Take-aways:

Using ET Data for Landscape Decisions

Dr. Tim Pannkuk – Sam Houston State University

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.

Session Take-aways:

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

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

Dr. Kenneth Farrish – Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, Stephen F. Austin State University

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.

Session Take-aways:

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

Maintaining Soil Fertility in an Urban Environment

Dr. Sam Feagley – Texas A&M University

Maintaining plant growth in an urban environment is critical to the reduction of erosion of soil particles and landscape esthetics.  Maintaining plant growth starts with the correct selections of plant materials for the soils in the area because some plants do best in acid soils, some do best in near neutral soils, and some do best in alkaline soils.  The next part is maintaining sufficient nutrients and water for the plants to grow.  Soil testing is the only way to determine the pH and chemistry of the soil to help select the appropriate plants and sources and amounts of nutrients.  Water quality and quantity of application is also important to assure the amount of plant growth desired and reduce the potential for runoff and erosion of nutrients and soil.

Session Take-aways:

  • How and when to collect soil and water samples.
  • Selection of appropriate laboratory for analyses and appropriate analyses for soil and water.
  • Interpretation of soil and water analyses.
  • Sources of nutrients, application rate, and application timing.
  • Irrigation system calibration and scheduling irrigation.

Connecting the Water Drops in Texas Landscapes

Patrick Dickinson – Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension

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?

Session Take-aways:

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

Integrating Auxiliary Water Supply and Stormwater Management into Landscape Systems

Chris Gaines – Innovative Water Solutions, LLC.

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.

Session Take-aways:

  • 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