Register Now – Stream Restoration Training May 15 in Houston

By: Paul Schattenberg

Contacts: Clare Entwistle, 210-277-0292 x205, clare.entwistle@ag.tamu.edu

Dr. Fouad Jaber, 512-213-7389, Fouad.Jaber@ag.tamu.edu

THE WOODLANDS – The Texas Water Resources Institute, or TWRI, will host a workshop from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. May 15 in The Woodlands for professionals interested in conducting stream restoration projects in and around Houston.

The Urban Riparian and Stream Restoration Program  program is managed by TWRI, part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University.

The San Jacinto tributary. (Texas Water Resources Institute photo)

The morning session will be at the Recreation Center at Bear Branch Park – Live Oak Room 5310 Research Forest Drive. The afternoon session will be outdoors along a branch of Upper Panther Creek, where attendees will learn stream surveying techniques.

The workshop is co-hosted locally by the Houston-Galveston Area Council, Harris County Flood Control District and AgriLife Extension in Harris County.

Clare Entwistle, research associate at TWRI’s San Antonio office, said attendees must register by May 11. Participants are encouraged to register early as the workshop is limited to 40 people.

Registration for the workshop is $100 at https://bit.ly/2HPvVRW. Cost includes all training materials, lunch and a certificate of completion at the end of the course.

“Riparian and stream degradation is a major threat to water quality, in-stream habitat, terrestrial wildlife, aquatic species and overall stream health,” said Dr. Fouad Jaber, AgriLife Extension program specialist for the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas. “Proper management, protection and restoration of these riparian areas will improve water quality, lower in-stream temperatures, improve aquatic habitat and fish community integrity.”

Jaber said the goal of the workshop is for participants to better understand urban stream functions and impacts of development on urban streams.

“The workshop will show attendees how to recognize healthy versus degraded stream systems, assess and classify a stream using the Bank Erosion Hazard Index, and understand differences between natural and traditional restoration techniques,” he said.

Entwistle said TWRI is able to offer the workshop at a reduced cost thanks to program funding provided through a Clean Water Act nonpoint source grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Workshop presentations will be given by representatives of the participating institutions. Participants receive appropriate continuing education unit certificates at the conclusion of the training.

The workshop offers many types of continuing education units and more credits are in the process of being added. Foresters and professional loggers can receive six hours from the Society of American Foresters. It offers one unit from TWRI, seven hours for certified crop advisors, six hours for Texas Nutrient Management Planning specialists and six credits from the Texas Floodplain Management Association. The program may also be used for continuing education units for professional engineers.

Participants should check with their local Master Naturalist and Master Gardener chapters to see if the workshop is approved for their area.

For more information, contact Entwistle, visit http://texasriparian.org or go to Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TexasRiparianAssociation.

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Register Now for Riparian & Stream Ecosystem Training in Bay City on May 8th

Riparian, stream ecosystem workshop set May 8 in Bay City

Contacts: Clare Entwistle, 210-277-0292 ext. 205, Clare.Entwistle@ag.tamu.edu

Marshall Trigg, 512-578-3315, marshall.trigg@lcra.org

Bill Balboa, 979-245-4100, bill.balboa@ag.tamu.edu

BAY CITY – The Texas Water Resources Institute, or TWRI, will host a free workshop from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. May 8 for area residents interested in land and water stewardship in the Tres Palacios Creek and Lower Colorado River watersheds.

A workshop related to the Tres Palacios Creek and Lower Colorado watershed areas will be held May 8 in Bay City. (Texas Water Resources Institute photo)

The morning session of the Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Program will be at the Matagorda County Nature and Birding Center, 1025 Texas Highway 35 in Bay City. The afternoon session will include a walk and presentations along the Lower Colorado River.

Clare Entwistle, research associate at TWRI’s San Antonio office, said the workshop is co-hosted locally by the Lower Colorado River Authority, Colorado River Land Trust and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Matagorda County.

Attendees must RSVP by May 4 online at https://bit.ly/2HLi2nD or to Entwistle at 210-277-0292 ext. 205, or clare.entwistle@ag.tamu.edu.

The program will include a lunchtime presentation. The Colorado River Land Trust and the Lower Colorado River Authority will sponsor a catered lunch or participants may bring their own.

Marshall Trigg, the river authority’s conservation coordinator, will discuss the Creekside Conservation and Land Stewardship Program, which works to protect the Lower Colorado River watershed by providing education, technical assistance and financial incentives to landowners.

Michael Schramm, TWRI research associate and project manager for the Tres Palacios Watershed Protection Plan, said the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality designated the tidal portion of the Tres Palacios Creek watershed as impaired due to the elevated bacterial concentrations. TWRI along with local stakeholders have developed a watershed protection plan to reduce bacterial concentrations and improve water quality in the Tres Palacios Creek.

Entwistle said proper management, protection and restoration of these areas directly influences water quality and quantity, plus stabilizes stream banks and improves fish and aquatic habitats and communities.

“The goal of the workshop is for participants to better understand riparian and watershed processes, the benefits of healthy riparian areas and what resources are available to prevent degradation while improving water quality,” she said.

Schramm said stakeholders recognize successful implementation of a watershed protection plan requires implementing a variety of management strategies.

“The riparian and stream workshop is an educational event supporting this effort,” he said.

Entwistle said they are able to offer the workshop without cost thanks to program funding provided through a Clean Water Act nonpoint source grant from the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Bill Balboa, AgriLife Extension agent for Matagorda County, said participants will receive a certificate of completion and appropriate continuing education unit certificates at the conclusion of the training.

The workshop offers many types of continuing education units, including three units — two general and one integrated pest management — for Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide license holders. It offers one unit from the Texas Water Resources Institute, seven credits from Texas Floodplain Management Association, seven hours for certified crop advisors, seven hours from the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying and six hours for Texas Nutrient Management Planning specialists. The program may also be used for continuing education units for professional engineers.

The riparian education program is managed by the TWRI, part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, AgriLife Extension and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University.

For more information, contact Entwistle or visit http://texasriparian.org or go to Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TexasRiparianAssociation.

Urban Riparian & Stream Restoration Trainings in Killeen

Urban Riparian & Stream Restoration Training in Killeen

May 1, 2018
8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Texas A&M University – Central Texas

Founders Hall

1001 Leadership Place, Killeen, TX 76549 (Map)

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This workshop is being co-hosted by the Lampasas River Watershed Partnership, the AgriLife Extension Office in Bell County, Texas A&M Natural Resource Institute, Texas A&M AgriLife, the Texas Water Resources Institute and Texas Institute of Applied Environmental Research – Tarleton State University.

The trainings will focus on natural design processes for stream restoration projects. Materials delivered in the training will help attendees understand:

  • Urban stream functions,
  • Impacts of development on urban streams,
  • Recognize healthy versus degraded stream systems,
  • Assess and classify a stream using the Bank Erosion Hazard Index (BEHI), and
  • Comprehend differences between natural and traditional restoration techniques.

Information including the hydrologic cycle, basics to stream morphology, stream classification, stream instability, stream restoration, stabilization structure, vegetation, and monitoring and evaluation will be explained through classroom-style teaching in the morning session and hands-on activities in the field at a nearby stream in the afternoon sessions.

Continuing Education Units Available:

  • Texas Water Resources Institute  – 1 CEU
  • Texas Floodplain Management Association – 6 CECs
  • Texas Nutrient Management Planning Specialists – 6 hours
  • Certified Crop Advisor- 7 CEUs (Nutrient Mgmt: 1, Soil & Water: 2.5, IPM: 1, Sustainability: 2.5)
  • Texas Floodplain Management Association – 6 CECs
  • Texas Board of Architectural Examiners “Acceptable for HSW credit”
  • The program may also be used for CEUs for Professional Engineers
  • Check with your Chapter for Master Naturalist and Master Gardener to see if it is approved for your area.

Registration is limited to the first 40 people. Cost is $100 and includes all training materials, a catered lunch, and a certificate of completion at the end of the course.  Register online through the link above, or if paying by check or PO by email to clare.entwistle@ag.tamu.edu. Lunch from Jason’s Deli will be provided to participants or they may bring their own.

Dress is casual and comfortable, hip boots/waders are required for the hands on field assessment as we will be out in the creek in the afternoon.

Please join our listserv or like us on Facebook for more information on future programs!

The Urban Riparian and Stream Restoration Program is managed by the Texas Water Resources Institute, part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research AgriLife Extension and the College at Texas A&M University. It is funded through a Clean Water Act grant provided by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Riparian & Stream Ecosystems – Tres Palacios Creek and Lower Colorado River Watersheds

May 8, 2018
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Matagorda County Nature and Birding Center
1025 TX-35
Bay City, TX  77414 (map)

This workshop is being co-hosted by the Lower Colorado River Authority, the Colorado River Land Trust, the AgriLife Extension Office in Matagorda County, and the Texas Water Resources Institute. The training will focus on the nature and function of stream and riparian zones and the benefits and direct impacts from healthy riparian zones. The riparian education programs will cover an introduction to riparian principles, watershed processes, basic hydrology, erosion/deposition principles, and riparian vegetation, as well as potential causes of degradation and possible resulting impairment(s), and available local resources including technical assistance and tools that can be employed to prevent and/or resolve degradation.

The Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) designated the tidal portion of the Tres Palacios Creek watershed as an impaired waterbody due to the elevated bacterial concentrations found there. To combat this issue, a total maximum daily load (TMDL) implementation plan and a watershed protection plan were developed in this area to reduce bacterial pollution and improve the overall water quality of the watershed.

These one-day trainings in watersheds across the state include both indoor classroom presentations and outdoor stream walks. Instructors are experts from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Texas A&M Natural Resource Institute, Texas Water Resources Institute and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

The goal is for participants to better understand and relate to riparian and watershed processes, the benefits that healthy riparian areas provide, and the tools that can be employed to prevent and/or resolve degradation and improve water quality. At the conclusion of the training, participants will receive a certificate of completion.

Continuing Education Units Available:

  • Texas Department of Agriculture Pesticide Applicators License – 3 CEUs
  • Texas Water Resources Institute  – 1 CEU
  • Texas Nutrient Management Planning Specialists – 6 hours
  • Texas Floodplain Management Association – 7 CECs
  • Certified Crop Advisor- 7 CEUs (Nutrient Mgmt: 1, Soil & Water: 1.5, IPM: 1.5, Crop Mgmt: 2.5, Manure Mgmt: 0.5) (NEW)
  • Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying – 7 hours (NEW)
  • Texas Board of Architectural Examiners “Acceptable for HSW credit”
  • The program may also be used for CEUs for Professional Engineers.
  • Check with your Chapter for Master Naturalist and Master Gardener to see if it is approved for your area.

RSVP is required by May 4, 2018. RSVP online through the TAMU marketplace link or by email to clare.entwistle@ag.tamu.edu. This workshop is free because the program is funded through a Clean Water Act grant provided by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

A catered lunch sponsored by the Lower Colorado River Authority and Colorado River Land Trust is available for participants or participants may select to bring their own lunch. Please make sure to choose your lunch option during the RSVP process.

Dress is casual and comfortable for the weather as we will be outside along the banks of the Lower Colorado river during the afternoon.

For more information or questions, please contact Clare Entwistle at 210-277-0292 x205 or clare.entwistle@ag.tamu.edu

Please join our listserv or like us on Facebook for more information on future programs!

The riparian education program is managed by the Texas Water Resources Institute, part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research AgriLife Extension and the College at Texas A&M University.

Urban Riparian and Stream Restoration Program – Austin, TX

April 11, 2018
8:30 am – 4:00 pm

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Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Building F Room 2210
12100 Park 35 Circle
Austin, TX 78753

This workshop is being co-hosted by the City of Austin Watershed Protection Department, Hill Country Alliance, the AgriLife Extension Office in Travis County, Texas A&M AgriLife and the Texas Water Resources Institute. The training will focus on natural design processes for stream restoration projects. Materials delivered in the training will help attendees understand:

  • Urban stream functions,
  • Impacts of development on urban streams,
  • Recognize healthy versus degraded stream systems,
  • Assess and classify a stream using the Bank Erosion Hazard Index (BEHI), and
  • Comprehend differences between natural and traditional restoration techniques.

Information including the hydrologic cycle, basics to stream morphology, stream classification, stream instability, stream restoration, stabilization structure, vegetation, and monitoring and evaluation will be explained through classroom-style teaching in the morning session and hands-on activities in the field at a nearby stream in the afternoon sessions. Participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the training.

Continuing Education Units Available:

  • Texas Water Resources Institute  – 1 CEU
  • Texas Nutrient Management Planning Specialists – 6 hours
  • Texas Floodplain Management Association – 6 CECs
  • Certified Crop Advisor- 7 CEUs (Nutrient Mgmt: 1, Soil & Water: 2.5, IPM: 1, Sustainability: 2.5)
  • Texas Board of Architectural Examiners “Acceptable for HSW credit”
  • The program may also be used for CEUs for Professional Engineers.
  • Check with your Chapter for Master Naturalist and Master Gardener to see if it is approved for your area.

Registration is limited to the first 40 people. Cost is $100 and includes all training materials, lunch, and a certificate of completion at the end of the course. Registration is required by April 6, 2018. Register online by following the link above. Lunch will be provided to participants or they may bring their own. Dress is casual and comfortable; please bring boots/waders as we will be out in the field in the afternoon.

Please join our listserv or like us on Facebook for more information on future programs!

The urban riparian and stream restoration program is managed by the Texas Water Resources Institute, part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research AgriLife Extension and the College at Texas A&M University. It is funded through a Clean Water Act grant provided by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

RSVP now for Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Training in Goliad on April 25th

Riparian & Stream Ecosystem Training — Mission, Aransas, and Lower San Antonio Watersheds

Riparian and Stream Ecosystems – Mission, Aransas, and Lower San Antonio Watersheds

April 25, 2018
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

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The Fire Pit
144 N. Courthouse Square
Goliad, TX 77963

This workshop is being co-hosted by the San Antonio River Authority, The AgriLife Extension Office in Goliad County, The Goliad County Soil and Water Conservation District, and the Texas Water Resources Institute. The training will focus on the nature and function of stream and riparian zones and the benefits and direct impacts from healthy riparian zones. The riparian education programs will cover an introduction to riparian principles, watershed processes, basic hydrology, erosion/deposition principles, and riparian vegetation, as well as potential causes of degradation and possible resulting impairment(s), and available local resources including technical assistance and tools that can be employed to prevent and/or resolve degradation.

The Lower San Antonio River and the tidal segments of the Mission and Aransas rivers are impaired due to levels of bacteria that exceed water quality standards. The Lower San Antonio River has an approved Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) project. The Texas AgriLife, Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) are currently working with local stakeholders in the Mission and Aransas Rivers watershed to implement a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) project that will determine how much bacteria can enter each waterbody on a daily basis and still meet water quality standards. TWRI is also working with local stakeholders to develop a strategy on how to best address the water quality impairment, known as an Implementation Plan for Mission and Aransas watershed.

These one-day trainings in watersheds across the state include both indoor classroom presentations and outdoor stream walks. Instructors are experts from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Texas A&M Forest Service, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, San Antonio River Authority, Texas A&M Natural Resource Institute, and TWRI.

The goal is for participants to better understand and relate to riparian and watershed processes, the benefits that healthy riparian areas provide, and the tools that can be employed to prevent and/or resolve degradation and improve water quality. At the conclusion of the training, participants will receive a certificate of completion.

 

Continuing Education Units Available:

  • Texas Department of Agriculture Pesticide Applicators License – 3 CEUs
  • Texas Water Resources Institute  – 1 CEU
  • Texas Nutrient Management Planning Specialists – 6 hours
  • Texas Floodplain Management Association – 7 CECs
  • Texas Forestry Association – 6 hours
  • Society of American Foresters – 4 hours
  • Certified Crop Advisor- 7 CEUs (Nutrient Mgmt: 1, Soil & Water: 1.5, IPM: 1.5, Crop Mgmt: 2.5, Manure Mgmt: 0.5) (NEW)
  • Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying – 7 hours (NEW)
  • Texas Board of Architectural Examiners “Acceptable for HSW credit”
  • The program may also be used for CEUs for Professional Engineers.
  • Check with your Chapter for Master Naturalist and Master Gardener to see if it is approved for your area.

RSVP is required by Apr. 20, 2018. RSVP online through the marketplace or by email to clare.entwistle@ag.tamu.edu. This workshop is free because the program is funded through a Clean Water Act grant provided by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The San Antonio River Authority is sponsoring a catered lunch for participants or participants may select to bring their own lunch. The lunch will be a brisket plate with beans, potato salad and a drink. Please make sure to choose your lunch option while signing up.

Dress is casual and comfortable for the weather as we will be outside at the creek during the afternoon.

For more information or questions, please contact Clare Entwistle at 210-277-0292 x205 or clare.entwistle@ag.tamu.edu

Please join our listserv or like us on Facebook for more information on future programs!

The riparian education program is managed by the Texas Water Resources Institute, part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research AgriLife Extension and the College at Texas A&M University.

Riparian, stream ecosystem workshop set for March 8 in Marion

Contacts: Clare Entwistle, 210-277-0292 ext. 205, Clare.Entwistle@ag.tamu.edu

Patty Carvajal, 210-302-3672, pmcarvajal@sara-tx.org

Travis Franke, 830-303-3889, travis.franke@ag.tamu.edu

MARION–The Texas Water Resources Institute Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Program will host a free workshop from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. March 8 in Marion for area residents interested in land and water stewardship in the Mid and Lower Cibolo Creek watershed.

The morning session will be at the Bexar Bowling Alley and Social Hall, 15681 Bexar Bowling.  The afternoon session will include a walk and presentations along Cibolo Creek.

Cibolo Creek. (Texas Water Resources Institute photo)

Clare Entwistle, research associate at the institute’s San Antonio office, said the workshop is co-hosted locally by the San Antonio River Authority and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Guadalupe County.

Attendees must RSVP by March 1 at http://bit.ly/2EewmEc or to Entwistle at 210-277-0292, ext.205 or clare.entwistle@ag.tamu.edu.

The program will include a lunchtime presentation. A catered lunch will be available for $10 or participants may bring their own lunch.

Patty Carvajal, San Antonio River Authority quality assurance supervisor, said beginning in 2004 the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality listed the Lower Cibolo Creek as an impaired water body due to elevated levels of E. coli bacteria.

“Excessive amounts of this bacterium indicate an increased risk for disease-causing pathogens to be present in the water body,” Carvajal said. “Further, increases in residential development and hydraulic fracturing in the Lower Cibolo Creek watershed area have spurred the need to have a sound watershed plan to protect the watershed’s water bodies.”

Entwistle said proper management, protection and restoration of these areas directly influences water quality and quantity along with stabilizing stream banks and improving fish and aquatic habitats and communities.

“The goal of the workshop is for participants to better understand riparian and watershed processes, the benefits of healthy riparian areas and what resources are available to prevent degradation while improving water quality,” she said.

Workshop presentations will be given by representatives of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, Texas A&M Forest Service, Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute and AgriLife Extension.

“Stakeholders recognize that successful implementation of a watershed protection plan requires implementing a variety of management strategies,” Carvajal said. “The riparian and stream workshop is an educational event supporting this effort.”

Entwistle said they are able to offer the workshop without cost thanks to program funding provided through a Clean Water Act nonpoint source grant from the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Travis Franke, AgriLife Extension agent for Guadalupe County, said participants will receive a certificate of completion and appropriate continuing education unit certificates at the conclusion of the training.

The workshop offers many types of continuing education units, including three units — two general and one integrated pest management — for Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide license holders. Foresters and professional loggers can receive six hours from the Texas Forestry Association and six hours from the Society of American Foresters.

It offers one unit from the Texas Water Resources Institute, seven credits from Texas Floodplain Management Association, seven hours for Certified Crop Advisors, seven hours from the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying and six hours for Texas Nutrient Management Planning specialists. The program may also be used for continuing education units for professional engineers.

The riparian education program is managed by the Texas Water Resources Institute, part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, AgriLife Extension and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University.

For more information, contact Entwistle or visit http://texasriparian.org or go to Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TexasRiparianAssociation.

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Urban Riparian and Stream Restoration – Seguin on March 20

March 20, 2018
8:30 am – 4:00 pm

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Irma Lewis Seguin Outdoor Learning Center
1865 US-90
Seguin, TX 78155 (Map)

This workshop is being co-hosted by Irma Lewis Seguin Outdoor Learning Center, Geronimo & Alligator Creeks Watershed Partnership, Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority and the AgriLife Extension Office in Guadalupe County, Texas A&M AgriLife and the Texas Water Resources Institute. The training will focus on natural design processes for stream restoration projects. Materials delivered in the training will help attendees understand:

  • Urban stream functions,
  • Impacts of development on urban streams,
  • Recognize healthy versus degraded stream systems,
  • Assess and classify a stream using the Bank Erosion Hazard Index (BEHI), and
  • Comprehend differences between natural and traditional restoration techniques.

Information including the hydrologic cycle, basics to stream morphology, stream classification, stream instability, stream restoration, stabilization structure, vegetation, and monitoring and evaluation will be explained through classroom-style teaching in the morning session and hands-on activities in the field at a nearby stream in the afternoon sessions. Participants will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the training.

Continuing Education Units Available:

  • Texas Water Resources Institute  – 1 CEU
  • Texas Nutrient Management Planning Specialists – 6 hours
  • Certified Crop Advisor- 7 CEUs (Nutrient Mgmt: 1, Soil & Water: 2.5, IPM: 1, Sustainability: 2.5)
  • Texas Board of Architectural Examiners “Acceptable for HSW credit”
  • The program may also be used for CEUs for Professional Engineers.
  • Check with your Chapter for Master Naturalist and Master Gardener to see if it is approved for your area.

Registration is limited to the first 40 people. Cost is $100 and includes all training materials, lunch, and a certificate of completion at the end of the course. Registration is required by March 16, 2018. Register online through the online by following the link above. Lunch will be provided to participants or they may bring their own. Dress is casual and comfortable; please bring boots/waders as we will be out in the field in the afternoon.

Please join our listserv or like us on Facebook for more information on future programs!

The urban riparian and stream restoration program is managed by the Texas Water Resources Institute, part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research AgriLife Extension and the College at Texas A&M University. It is funded through a Clean Water Act grant provided by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Riparian and Stream Ecosystems – Mid and Lower Cibolo Creek Watershed

March 8, 2018
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Bexar Bowling Alley & Social Hall
15681 Bexar Bowling
Marion, TX 78214 (map)

This workshop is being co-hosted by the San Antonio River Authority, The AgriLife Extension Office in Guadalupe County, and the Texas Water Resources Institute. The training will focus on the nature and function of stream and riparian zones and the benefits and direct impacts from healthy riparian zones. The riparian education programs will cover an introduction to riparian principles, watershed processes, basic hydrology, erosion/deposition principles, and riparian vegetation, as well as potential causes of degradation and possible resulting impairment(s), and available local resources including technical assistance and tools that can be employed to prevent and/or resolve degradation.

In 2004, and still in 2014, the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) listed the Lower Cibolo Creek as an impaired water body due to elevated levels of E. coli bacteria. Several other water quality concerns are present in the Mid and Lower Cibolo Creek watershed including low levels of depressed dissolved oxygen and excessive nutrients.

These one-day trainings in watersheds across the state include both indoor classroom presentations and outdoor stream walks. Instructors are experts from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Texas A&M Forest Service, and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

The goal is for participants to better understand and relate to riparian and watershed processes, the benefits that healthy riparian areas provide, and the tools that can be employed to prevent and/or resolve degradation and improve water quality. At the conclusion of the training, participants will receive a certificate of completion.

Continuing Education Units Available:

  • Texas Department of Agriculture Pesticide Applicators License – 3 CEUs
  • Texas Water Resources Institute  – 1 CEU
  • Texas Nutrient Management Planning Specialists – 6 hours
  • Texas Floodplain Management Association – 7 CECs
  • Texas Forestry Association – 6 hours
  • Society of American Foresters – 6 hours
  • Certified Crop Advisor- 7 CEUs (Nutrient Mgmt: 1, Soil & Water: 1.5, IPM: 1.5, Crop Mgmt: 2.5, Manure Mgmt: 0.5)
  • Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying – 7 hours
  • Texas Board of Architectural Examiners “Acceptable for HSW credit”
  • The program may also be used for CEUs for Professional Engineers.
  • Check with your Chapter for Master Naturalist and Master Gardener to see if it is approved for your area.

RSVP is required by Mar. 5, 2018. RSVP online through the online form below or by email to clare.entwistle@ag.tamu.edu. This workshop is free because the program is funded through a Clean Water Act grant provided by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

A catered lunch is available for participants for $10 or participants may select to bring their own lunch. Please make sure to choose your lunch option while signing up below. Attendees can pay for lunch by credit card using the online system at TAMU Marketplace or pay in cash at the door the day of the event.

Dress is casual and comfortable for the weather as we will be outside at the creek during the afternoon.

For more information or questions, please contact Clare Entwistle at 210-277-0292 x205 or clare.entwistle@ag.tamu.edu

Please join our listserv or like us on Facebook for more information on future programs!

The riparian education program is managed by the Texas Water Resources Institute, part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research AgriLife Extension and the College at Texas A&M University.

 

Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Training–San Jacinto River

March 1, 2018
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District
655 Conroe Park N Dr
Conroe, TX 77303 (map)

This workshop is being co-hosted by the Houston Galveston Area Council, The AgriLife Extension Office in Montgomery County, and the Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI). The training will focus on the nature and function of stream and riparian zones and the benefits and direct impacts from healthy riparian zones. The riparian education programs will cover an introduction to riparian principles, watershed processes, basic hydrology, erosion/deposition principles, and riparian vegetation, as well as potential causes of degradation and possible resulting impairment(s), and available local technical and financial resources.

These one-day trainings in watersheds across the state include both indoor classroom presentations and outdoor stream walks. Instructors are experts from TWRI, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Texas A&M Forest Service, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute and Houston Galveston Area Council.

The goal is for participants to better understand and relate to riparian and watershed processes, the benefits that healthy riparian areas provide, and the tools that can be implemented to prevent and/or resolve degradation and improve water quality. At the conclusion of the training, participants will receive a certificate of completion.

Continuing Education Units Available

  • Texas Department of Agriculture Pesticide Applicators License – 3 CEUs
  • Texas Water Resources Institute  – 1 CEU
  • Texas Nutrient Management Planning Specialists – 6 hours
  • Texas Floodplain Management Association – 7 CECs
  • Texas Forestry Association – 6 hours
  • Society of American Foresters – 6 hours
  • Certified Crop Advisor- 7 CEUs (Nutrient Mgmt: 1, Soil & Water: 1.5, IPM: 1.5, Crop Mgmt: 2.5, Manure Mgmt: 0.5)
  • Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying – 7 hours
  • Texas Board of Architectural Examiners “Acceptable for HSW credit”
  • The program may also be used for CEUs for Professional Engineers.
  • Check with your Chapter for Master Naturalist and Master Gardener to see if it is approved for your area. This is an approved program for the Texas Waters Specialist Certification Program.

RSVP is required by Feb. 26, 2018. RSVP online through the online form below or by email to clare.entwistle@ag.tamu.edu. This workshop is free because the program is funded through a Clean Water Act grant provided by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

A catered lunch is available for participants for $10 or participants may select to bring their own lunch. Please make sure to choose your lunch option while signing up below. Attendees can pay for lunch by credit card using the online system at TAMU Marketplace or pay in cash at the door the day of the event.

Dress is casual and comfortable for the weather as we will be outside at the creek during the afternoon.

For more information or questions, please contact Clare Entwistle at 210-277-0292 ext 205 or clare.entwistle@ag.tamu.edu .

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The riparian education program is managed by the Texas Water Resources Institute, part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research AgriLife Extension and the College at Texas A&M University.

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