The Texas Conservation Alliance is working with the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University to expand the number of “stream teams” on East Texas rivers.
These citizen scientists carry out monthly water quality testing at a designated spot along the Sabine, Sulphur or Neches Rivers. Janice Bezanson, executive director of the Texas Conservation Alliance, says the volunteers test temperature, pH, and other variables. The data is then sent to the Meadows Center at San Marcos.
Red River National Wildlife Refuge ranger Terri Jacobson will present a program about night sounds on the refuge.
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The Friends of the Red River National Wildlife Refuge will host a public event Monday that will explore the night sounds on the refuge in Bossier City. Owls, frogs, and crickets are just part of the nighttime chorus, according to refuge ranger Terri Jacobson. In the spring, Jacobson said, the wildlife sounds intensify.
“The animals are waking up and starting to call and sing and make noise as they’re gathering courtship, pairing up, getting together to create families for the spring," Jacobson said.
The heavy industrial users of groundwater switched to surface water from the Ouachita River in an effort to keep the Sparta Aquifer a viable source of drinking water for generations to come.
Arkansas’ Conservation Hall of Fame will honor an El Dorado man Tuesday evening for his long commitment to recharging the Sparta Aquifer, the sole source of drinking water for a number of municipalities in South Arkansas and North Louisiana.