Mike Mecke, Kerrville water resources specialist, will speak on “Rainwater Harvesting on Landscapes: Saving Water for those Not-So-Rainy Days” on September 8 at the Gillespie County Agricultural Extension Building, 95 Frederick Road in Fredericksburg beginning at 7:00PM. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Fredericksburg Nature Center as part of their nature series programs held monthly during the school year. The free program is open to the public.
Mecke, a San Antonio native, graduated from Texas A&M University with biology and agriculture degrees. Mecke later earned a masters degree in rangeland management and watershed from the University of Wyoming. Mecke began his career as a range conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Texas in Brady, Robert Lee and Victoria counties. He spent a number of years employed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Arizona, New Mexico and Wyoming before returning to Texas to work for the San Antonio Water Systems (SAWS) for ten years. He helped found the Texas Riparian Association to help with education and better management of Texas’s creeks and rivers. After retiring from SAWS, he accepted a position with the Texas Water Resources Institute in partnership with Texas A&M’s Extension Service.
Mecke will show homeowners and commercial site owners how they can capture water with their landscapes and parking lots to conserve rain water in reservoirs rather than tanks. He will discuss building terraces and swales to water gardens as well as claiming storm runoff to water trees and other plants. Mecke advises, “Don’t pray for rain if you can’t take care of rainwater you get!”
For more information on this program or the Friends of the Fredericksburg Nature Center, please call Jane Crone at 830-990-9823.