Learn About Watersheds, Water Resources

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Now is the chance for Rim Country residents to participate in a short course led by the Arizona Master Watershed Steward Program.

The course will enable you to learn more about watersheds and water resources of Arizona. It will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Tuesday, starting Sept. 12 and continuing through Nov. 21 at the Payson Library.

During this 50-hour program participants will learn the basics of watersheds and water resources in Arizona, including hydrology, climate, water conservation, geology, soils, ecology, water quality, and water management. There will also be two field trips. Classes will be taught by professionals and university faculty. The first class on Sept. 12 will be at an outside ramada by the Payson Library in Rumsey Park.

Participants will become a certified Master Watershed Steward, and expected to donate 40 hours of volunteer service. There is a wide choice of opportunities open to help further public education on the subject.

The maximum number of people who may be selected for this course is only 20. The cost is $125, which includes the publication notebook, training manual, and all handouts.

For more information or to reserve a place, please get in touch with Pam Leonard at the Gila County Cooperative Extension Office, 5515 S. Apache Avenue, Suite 600, Globe AZ 85501, or call her on (928) 402-8588 as soon as possible. Please apply by Sept. 5, 2006.

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