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 quailty 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 occuring 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.
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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