Hear Rita Beving, the North Texas Outreach Coordinator for the Clean Water Fund, discuss the framework for DFW water planning and the decision makers who influence water policy, and where we are with water planning for the region. The presentation will then pivot into addressing the highest usage of water, both inside and outside the home, and address how you can save water and save money at your own home.

Representations from North Texas environmental groups gather monthly to discuss developments in local issues. This month: Keystone decisions, Root & Branch Revue report, Arlington vote on city manager and oil & gas, big plans for 2016 and more.

Info: Rita Beving  214-557-2271 or antiquerita@aol.com

We're moving ahead on a wide variety of exciting plans and opportunities ramping up to expand our outreach and engagement throughout North Texas this year ahead, so if you've been interested in joining the local efforts but haven't known when to jump in, this Saturday is a perfect opportunity!

Here's a few of the highlights from the past month and coming up:

North Texas Master Naturalists are accepting applications now for the 2016 class of volunteers. If you are interested, please attend this Open House informational meeting.

Monthly meetings feature guest speakers on local environmental topics. Check website for meeting agenda.

Billed as Dallas' own hyper-local version of the Daily Show, special environmental edition. Part of the Root and Branch Conference.

Whether you're looking to run your first 5K/10K or hit a new personal best, the 2015 REI Run Series will help you set your pace. The run starts and ends at Trinity River Audubon Center and takes runners through the Great Trinity Forest on hard surface trail. Runners receive REI branded gear, maps of the course and post-race refreshments. Prizes for the top men's and women's finishers. Register early, as there will be no race day registrations allowed. $15.

Each month, a speaker provides environmental education on a timely topic.

The Dallas Sierra Club hosts this comprehensive two-night class in navigation with map and compass. Part 1 is Sept. 23 and part 2 is Sept. 24, both nights from 6:30 – 9pm. Topics include not only how to use your compass but also buying maps, how to read maps, how not to get lost, what to do if you do get lost and different kinds of compasses. We'll discuss GPS devices a little but our main focus will be how to use a map and compass. Bring your own compass or if you don't have one, use one of ours and will show you what to look for when you purchase your own. Bring a pen or pencil for taking notes and for navigation practice exercises. A half-day hike with a class instructor on a subsequent weekend will be offered to class participants who want to practice their new skills. Handouts are included. $40/nonmembers or $35/ Sierra Club members. Pay ahead by charge/PayPal from DallasSierraclub.org or pay at the door (cash or check). Info: Lizwico@aol.com or 214-368-2306.

The tour enables people to learn how their neighbors – homeowners and businesses alike – are using solar energy, wind energy, energy efficiency and other sustainable technologies to save money and consume less of our natural resources. The strategies and techniques on display during this year’s tour range from things as simple and easy as changing to LED light bulbs and selecting more efficient appliances, to cutting-edge, ultra-efficient eco-homes and businesses that are generating as much or more energy than they consume.

Most sites are open between 10 am and 4 pm (check individual sites for exceptions, non-standard tour times are indicated in red). Homeowners or NTREG volunteers will be available at each site to provide information, share experiences and answer questions. Visit the Locations page and follow the links for each host site to see its visiting hours along with maps, directions, and a brief property description and photos provided by the host site.