Wanted: Teen Water Ambassadors

The Texas 4-H Water Ambassadors Program provides a select group of high school youth an opportunity to gain advanced knowledge and develop leadership skills related to the science, technology, engineering, and management of water in Texas. Since its debut in 2017, 42 youth representing 37 counties have participated in the program, which includes an 8-day 4-H2O Leadership Academy, taking place July 13-20, 2019 and community service through water education.

The 2018 Class of 4-H Water Ambassadors gets behind the scenes tour of the Lake Buchanan Dam during the summer 4-H2O Leadership Academy.

The 2018 Class of 4-H Water Ambassadors gets behind the scenes tour of the Lake Buchanan Dam during the summer 4-H2O Leadership Academy.

The summer academy exposes ambassadors to a wide range of water issues, provides a unique perspective of the many challenges faced by local communities, and offers a behind-the-scenes look into water planning. Tour stops and presentations address water law, policy, and management as well as hydrogeology, water treatment, and emerging technologies in irrigation management, reuse, desalination, and aquifer storage and recovery. This year, the ambassador group will visit North Plains GCD!

Online applications for the 2018-2019 class of 4-H Water Ambassadors are now open and will be accepted through May 15. More details about the program and application instructions are available online at www.texas4-h.tamu.edu/projects/water/. To be eligible, youth must be entering the 9th, 10th, or 11th grades for the 2019-2020 school year.

Please contact David Smith, 4-H2O Program Coordinator, at
davidsmith@tamu.edu with any questions.