May 10, 2022
Avian Management Webinar
Please join NCTCOG virtually on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 10:00 AM for the Avian Management Webinar.
This webinar will include presentations from Rachel Richter, Urban Wildlife Biologist, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Adam Henry, Wildlife Damage Management Biologist, US Department of Agriculture - Texas Wildlife Services, and Yvette Stewart, Community Outreach Coordinator, Bird City Texas/Audubon Texas.
Rachel Richter will present information on how to discourage feeding ducks and managing nuisance rookeries. Adam Henry will present an overview of black vulture roosts and issues associated with Canadian geese. Yvette Stewart will present information on the Bird City Texas program, including information on how this program can benefit water quality. Links to the presentations and resources shared during the webinar are available below. The link to the webinar recording will be made available once it has been posted.
For more information, contact Hannah Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org or (817) 695-9215.
April 1, 2022
Bacterial Source Tracking Webinar
Please join NCTCOG virtually on Friday, April 1, 2022 at 10:00 AM for the Bacterial Source Tracking Webinar.
This webinar will include presentations from Dr. Terry Gentry, Professor and Director of Soil and Aquatic Microbiology, Soil and Crop Sciences Department, Texas A&M University, Shaun Donovan, Environmental Sciences Department Manager, San Antonio River Authority, Mark Enders, Watershed Program Manager, City of New Braunfels, and Dr. Christina Lopez, Watershed Coordinator, Plum Creek Watershed Partnership.
Dr. Gentry will present an overview of bacterial source tracking (BST) and items to considering when planning a BST project. Shaun Donovan, Mark Enders, and Dr. Lopez will present results of their respective BST projects, along with the impacts the project had on their water quality activities, including informing public education and outreach, Watershed Protection Plans, and more. Detailed presentation descriptions are available on the webinar agenda, located below. The presentation slides and recording will be made available following the webinar.
For more information, contact Hannah Allen at email@example.com or (817) 695-9215.
August 13, 2021
TMDL Feral Hog Virtual Forum
Please join NCTCOG virtually on August 24, 2021 at 10:00 AM for the TMDL Feral Hog Forum.
This forum will include presentations from from Rachel Richter, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD), and Adam Henry, US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wildlife Services. Rachel Richter's presentation will cover feral hog basis and biology, as well as the steps TPWD is taking to curb the impacts of feral hogs. Adam Henry's presentation will outline the USDA Wildlife Services' directed actions that are currently utilized to manage feral hog impacts. The presentations will be followed by a moderated roundtable, in which attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions, share challenges and successes with peers, and discuss best management practices. For more information, contact Hannah Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org or (817) 695-9215.
April 20, 2021
TMDL Calculations Virtual Workshop
Please join NCTCOG virtually on April 20, 2021 at 9:30 AM for the TMDL Calculations Workshop.
This virtual workshop will include presentations from Jimmy Millican, Assistant Research Specialist with the Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research (TIAER), and Macayla Coleman, Environmental Permit Specialist with the Stormwater Team in the Water Quality Division of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
Jimmy Millican's presentation will include information on how to calculate waste load allocations and load duration curves and how these are used in developing and implementing TMDLs. Macayla Coleman's presentation will include information on TMDL benchmarks for the development and approval of Stormwater permits through TCEQ. This webinar will include time for questions and answers, as well as an overview of the NCTCOG TMDL Program and available resources. For more information, please contact Hannah Allen at email@example.com.
August 31, 2020
Discouraging Avian Feeding Webinar
This webinar will include presentations from Rachel Richter, Wildlife Biologist with Texas Parks & Wildlife, and Mark Enders, Watershed Program Manager with the City of New Braunfels. Rachel Richter’s presentation will cover why avian feeding negatively impacts our waterways and their associated bacteria levels, as well as the steps Texas Parks and Wildlife is taking to discourage feeding. Mark Enders’ presentation will cover the City of New Braunfels’ no feeding ordinances, challenges and successes experienced, and well as public perception and lessons learned. The webinar will end with a short overview of NCTCOG’s available resources for discouraging avian feeding in the North Central Texas region.
November 12, 2019
Supplemental Environmental Projects Webinar
During this webinar, attendees heard from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) on Supplemental Environmental Projects, or SEPs. Attendees learned about the background of SEPs, funding for SEPs, eligible entities and projects, and the application process. TCEQ also presented several case studies of successful water quality SEPs.
October 23, 2019
Egret Rookery Workshop
Herons and egrets are beautiful and fascinating birds that are common around lakes, ponds, wetlands, and grasslands in North Central Texas. However, they breed and nest in large groups, called rookeries, which can be a nuisance when located within residential areas. A number of rookeries have occupied residential areas in the metroplex the past few years, creating issues for citizens and municipal governments. This workshop will provide municipalities with information on the problem with urban rookeries, tools and management practices to prevent new and returning rookeries, and guidance on managing an existing rookery. The target audience is municipal staff and management that deal with urban wildlife issues, such as city managers or community directors, local police departments, parks and recreation staff, and animal services/control supervisors within the NCTCOG area.
The Egret Rookery Workshop will include presentations from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services. Attendees will also hear from cities that are experiencing current rookery issues. A question and answer session will follow each presentation and at the conclusion of the workshop.
August 13, 2019
NCTCOG Feral Hog Forum
The North Central Texas Council of Governments hosted a Feral Hog Forum on August 13, 2019 at NCTCOG Offices in Arlington, TX. During this forum, attendees heard from Rachel Richter, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, and Josh Helcel, Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute. Attendees also participated in a robust roundtable discussion, led by Adam Henry, U.S. Department of Agriculture - Texas Wildlife Services. The workshop agenda and presentations can be found below.
July 25, 2019
Septic System Basic Maintenance for Homeowners Workshop
The North Central Texas Council of Governments hosted the Septic System Basic Maintenance for Homeowners Workshop on July 25, 2019 at the Texas Health Huguley Fitness Center Amphitheater in Burleson, TX. Attendees heard from Ryan Gerlich, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, and Becca Grassl-Petersen, Tarrant County. The workshop presentations can be found below.
November 6,7, and 9, 2017
North Texas Regional Feral Hog Conference
The North Texas Feral Hog Conference was a multi-agency collaboration to convene policymakers, stakeholders, and experts to discuss feral hog management at the watershed level. To better serve our communities, the event was held November 6, 7, and 9 at three locations in the North Central Texas region.
August 21, 2017
Sanitary Sewer Overflow Initiative Benefits Webinar
Learn about the Sanitary Sewer Overflow Initiatives occurring in the North Texas area and how those initiatives have impacted the number of overflows over time. This webinar features Mary Gugliuzza, from the City of Fort Worth Water Department, and Scott Hoelzle, from the North Texas Municipal Water District.
View the webinar recording
North Texas Urban Feral Hog Forum
Thank you to all who joined the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) for the North Texas Urban Feral Hog Forum on May 1st, 2017 at Brookhaven College in Farmers Branch!
Feral hogs present increasing challenges to both rural and urban communities in North Texas. The large populations are not only destructive, causing property damage, infrastructure damage, and threats to public safety, but are also a source of bacteria loading in North Texas waterways through waste contributions and destabilization of riparian areas.
Presentations from the May 1, 2017 North Texas Urban Feral Hog Forum
Presentations from the December 16, 2015 NCTCOG SSO Workshop
Water Resources Planning and Management Workshops