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Arlington Conservation Council Monthly Meeting

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2022 @ 7 PM ACC PRESENTS

PARTNERSHIPS, TREES, AND WATER QUALITY:  RIPARIAN RESTORATION ON WILSON CREEK
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DAVID COWAN, NORTH TEXAS MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT

MAC MARTIN, TEXAS A&M FOREST SERVICE

6:30 SOCIAL TIME & EQUIPMENT CHECK, 7PM ZOOM PRESENTATION

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ON TEXAS ARBOR DAY WEEKEND, NOV. 6-7, OVER 120 VOLUNTEERS GATHERED ON THE BANKS OF WILSON CREEK IN MCKINNEY TO PROTECT WATER QUALITY AND STRENGTHEN THE ENVIRONMENT. THEY PLANTED OVER 1,600 FLOOD-ADAPTED NATIVE TREES TO REDUCE EROSION AND MITIGATE THE IMPACTS OF STORMWATER RUNOFF INTO LAVON LAKE, THE PRIMARY WATER SOURCE FOR 2 MILLION NORTH TEXANS.
IT WAS THE KIND OF OCCASION THAT ENERGIZES ENVIRONMENT-FOCUSED PROFESSIONALS LIKE DAVID COWAN AND MAC MARTIN. WITH IT AS AN EXAMPLE, THEY WILL SHARE A HOPEFUL TALE OF VISION, SWEAT EQUITY AND PUBLIC/PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS.
DAVID IS THE WATERSHED MANAGER FOR THE NORTH TEXAS MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT. A GRADUATE OF STEPHEN F. AUSTIN STATE UNIVERSITY (BS BIOLOGY, MS AQUATIC SCIENCE), DAVID HAS 30 YEARS' EXPERIENCE IN WATERSHED PROTECTION AS A FISHERIES BIOLOGIST, LABORATORY TECHNICIAN, AND COORDINATOR AT THE FEDERAL, REGIONAL, AND LOCAL LEVEL. HE CURRENTLY LEADS SOURCE WATER AND WATERSHED PROTECTION EFFORTS TO SAFEGUARD THE DISTRICT'S WATER SUPPLIES AND AQUATIC RESOURCES. NTMWD IS A REGIONAL WHOLESALE PROVIDER OF WATER, WASTEWATER, AND SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL SERVICES FOR 2+ MILLION RESIDENTS ACROSS 10 COUNTIES SPANNING 2,200 SQUARE MILES.
MAC IS THE PARTNERSHIP COORDINATOR FOR THE TEXAS A&M FOREST SERVICE’S URBAN AND COMMUNITY FORESTRY PROGRAM. HE IS PASSIONATE ABOUT CONNECTING NONTRADITIONAL PARTNERS TO NATURAL RESOURCES AND HELPING THEM UNDERSTAND THE OVERWHELMING BENEFITS TREES AND FORESTS PROVIDE. A GRADUATE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA (BS IN FOREST RESOURCES), HE FOCUSES ON FLOOD MITIGATION, WATER QUALITY, URBAN HEAT ISLAND REDUCTION, AND EXPANDING TEXAS’ URBAN FOREST CANOPY.