Riparian Program

Statewide Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Program II

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) has partnered with the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB), Texas Riparian Association (TRA), Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS), Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Nueces River Authority (NRA), Texas A&M agriLife Reserach and AgriLife extension, and the Texas Tech University Llano River Field Station (TTU-LRFS) to conduct Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education programs across the state.

Project Goals:

  • Facilitate the promotion of healthy watersheds and improve water quality through the delivery of riparian and stream ecosystem education programs with a focus on priority watersheds.
  • Increase citizen awareness, understanding, and knowledge about the nature and function of riparian zones, their benefits, and BMPs to protect them and minimize NPS pollution.
  • Connect landowners with local technical and financial resources to improve management and promote healthy watershed and riparian areas on their land.

 

Program Tasks:

  • Deliver 24 riparian education programs to participants in prioritized watersheds, typically watersheds with watershed planning or total maximum daily load efforts due to impaired water quality.
  • Coordinate 2 Statewide riparian conferences
  • Increased knowledge and understanding of riparian function and implementation of BMPs by individuals participating in the program, as measured by pre-/post-tests and post follow up evaluation.

 

Riparian degradation is a major threat to water quality, in-stream habitat, terrestrial wildlife, aquatic species, and overall stream health. Conversely, proper management, protection, and restoration of riparian areas decrease bacteria, nutrient, and sediment loadings to waterbodies; lower in-stream temperatures; improve dissolved oxygen levels; improve aquatic habitat; and ultimately improves macrobenthos and fish community integrity. Elevated bacteria, low dissolved oxygen, and degraded habitat and aquatic communities account for 70% of the impairments (436 of the 621) on the 2010 Texas Integrated Report.

 

To improve the management of these sensitive and vital ecosystems, riparian education programs are needed regarding the nature and function of riparian zones, their benefits, and BMPs for protecting them. This will not only reduce NPS pollution, it will provide tremendous ecosystem service benefits and direct economic benefits to the community.

 

Funding is provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board.

Benefits of Healthy Riparian Areas

Benefits of healthy riparian/stream systems: High quality habitat for both aquatic and riparian species Dissipation of flood energy and reduced downstream flood intensity and frequency Higher, longer-lasting and less variable baseflow between storm events Deposition of sediment in the floodplain, stabilizing it and maintaining downstream reservoir capacity longer Debris and nutrient use and filtering in …

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Riparian Program I

Statewide Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Program I The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) has partnered with the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB), Texas Riparian Association (TRA), Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS), Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Nueces River Authority (NRA), Texas A&M AgriLife Research …

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Need to Improve Riparian Areas

The State of Texas has more than 191,000 miles of rivers and streams that, along with closely associated floodplain and upland areas, comprise corridors of great economic, social, cultural, and environmental value. These riparian corridors are complex ecosystems that include the land, plants, animals, and network of streams within them. They perform a number of …

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Riparian Education Partners

Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board Dixon Water Foundation Meadows Foundation Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Natural Resources Conservation Service – Texas Texas AgriLife Extension Service Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Texas Forest Service Trinity Waters Texas Wildlife Association Texas Water Resources Institute Texas Tech University Llano River Field Station River Systems Institute   …

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Riparian Online Resources and Videos

The Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Workshop will include the following presentations for the indoor portion of the training: You Tube Videos – Voice over PowerPoint Presentations 1. Riparian and Watershed Management: Steve Nelle, Retired USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service 2. Stream Processes and Hydrology: Ryan McGillicuddy, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department 3. Riparian Vegetation …

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down by the riverside with Steve

Riparian Notes

Riparian Notes by Steve Nelle, Retired NRCS Texas The original intent of “Riparian Notes” was to be a very informal in-house NRCS educational tool. The idea was to provide some very basic riparian information in a digestible one page format. The natural resource community in Texas (landowners, land managers, interested citizens, NGO and government agency …

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Reports

Reports for the Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Program Scope of Work for the Grant program – 12-07-CN-RIPARIAN-10-01-12 Quarterly Grant Reports Riparian Training Proj _QPR_12_31_12 Riparian Training Proj _QPR_3_31_13 Riparian Training Proj _QPR_6_31_13 Riparian Training Program QPR 9_31_13 Riparian Training Proj _QPR_12_31_13 Riparian Training Proj _QPR_3_31_14 Riparian Training Proj _QPR_6_31_14 Riparian Training Proj _QPR_9_30_14 Riparian Training …

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Riparian Proper Functioning Condition Training

June 17-18, 2015 Agenda Flyer Bell County Annex Bldg. 1605 N. Main Street Belton, Texas 76513 (map) The first day will be indoor presentations and the second day will be in the field. This workshop will provide an introduction to the riparian assessment method known as PFC or Proper Functioning Condition.  This assessment method is …

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