Apply now for the Texas 4-H Water Ambassadors Program

Students within the Rusk County Groundwater Conservation District (District) service area are encouraged to submit applications for the 2018-2019 Texas 4-H Water Ambassadors Program. Deadline for submission is May 20, 2018.

Each year, high school age youth are selected to join the program which provides knowledge about management of water resources in Texas. They gain insight into water law, policy, planning, and management as they interact with state water agencies, educators, policy-makers, and water resource managers.

The District advocates encouragement of education to our youth in regards to groundwater and surface water.

Those chosen will participate in a summer 4-H2O Youth Leadership Academy. This tour, set for July, allows students to meet with statewide water professionals and observe conservation practices. Two students from each Regional Water Planning Area are selected.

A leadership, mentorship, and community service component is included as part of the program. Texas 4-H Water Ambassadors commit to a minimum of 40 hours of service during a 12-month period. This is earned by presenting water education programs to local 4-H clubs, schools, fairs, and other community events.

Applicants must be 14 years old as of August 31, 2018 and must be entering the 9th, 10th, or 11th grade in the upcoming 2018-2019 academic year. A short essay and letters of reference are required.

Applicants do not have to be a current member of Texas 4-H, but must agree to become a 4-H member if selected.

Visit for applications and other program information. Questions should be directed to David W. Smith at (979)862-1989. He may also be reached by email at

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