Riparian landowner trainings will focus on the nature and function of riparian zones (fluvial geomorphology, hydrology, vegetation), the benefits and direct economic impacts from ecological services of healthy riparian zones, best management practices (BMPs) for enhancing and protecting riparian zones, and technical and financial resources and incentives available for implementing riparian BMPs and riparian protection measures. These one-day trainings in watersheds across the state will include indoor classroom presentations and outdoor field sites and stream walks.

Riparian education programs will cover an introduction to riparian principles, watershed processes, basic hydrology, erosion/deposition principles, riparian vegetation, 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 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. As a part of the training, participants will be educated on the importance of riparian protection activities. A major goal of the program will be to foster implementation of riparian BMPs. Training will also emphasize the need for watershed planning that supports maintenance of a natural hydrograph. Restoration of riparian areas degraded by changes to the natural hydrologic regime must be conducted in concert with efforts to remedy those upstream disturbances. At the conclusion of the training, participants will receive a certificate of completion.

Continuing Education Units

  1. Texas Department of Agriculture Pesticide Applicators License 3 CEU
  2. Texas Water Resources Institute – 1 hour
  3. Texas Nutrient Management Planning Specialists – approved for 6 hrs.
  4. Texas Forestry Association – approved for up to 6 hrs
  5. Society of American Foresters – approved for up to 5. 5 hrs
  6. Texas Floodplain Management Association – 7 CECs
  7. Certified Crop Advisor- 7 CEUs (Nutrient Mgmt: 1, Soil & Water: 1.5, IPM: 1.5, Crop Mgmt: 2.5, Manure Mgmt: 0.5)
  8. Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying – 7 hours
  9. Texas Board of Architectural Examiners “Acceptable for HSW”
  10. The program may also be used for CEUs for Professional Engineers
  11. Check with your Chapter for Master Naturalist and Master Gardener to see if it is approved for your area.

Informational flyer about training: Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education


Upcoming Trainings – RSVP:

Riparian Flyer – Lavon Lake Watershed & Denton County on September 13, 2017

Riparian Flyer – Lower Nueces River on October 3, 2017


Past Trainings:

Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Training II:

Riparian Flyer – Leon River on June 8, 2017

Riparian Flyer – Blanco River & Cypress Creek on June 1, 2017

Riparian Flyer – Pedernales River on May 16, 2017

Riparian Flyer – Medina and Sabinal Rivers on April 18, 2017

Riparian Flyer – Sulphur River Basin on January 31, 2017

Riparian Flyer – Lower San Antonio River on December 7, 2016

Riparian Flyer – Sulphur River Basin on December 1, 2016

Riparian Flyer – Navasota River on November 9, 2016

Riparian Flyer – Attoyac Bayou on September 29, 2016

Riparian Flyer – Lake Arlington/Village Creek on May 24, 2016

Riparian Flyer – Gilleland Creek on May 5, 2016

Riparian Flyer – Big Cypress Creek on April 27, 2016

Riparian Flyer – Lavaca River on March 29, 2016

Riparian Flyer – Lampasas River on March 3, 2016

Riparian-Flyer – Attoyac Bayou on December 3, 2015


Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Training I:

Riparian Flyer – Plum Creek Watershed in Lockhart June 25th, 2013

Riparian Flyer – Leon River Watershed in Moody on Sept. 12, 2013

Riparian Flyer – Geronimo & Alligator Creeks Watershed in Seguin on Sept. 17, 2013

Riparian Flyer – Upper Llano River Watershed in Junction on Oct.16, 2013

Riparian Flyer – Carters Creek Watershed in College Station on Feb. 25, 2014

Riparian Flyer – Lavaca River Basin in Hallettsville on February 25, 2014 

Riparian Flyer – San Bernard River on March 18, 2014

Riparian Flyer – Arroyo Colorado River on April 24, 2014.

Riparian Flyer – Cedar Bayou on May 8, 2014

Riparian Flyer – Upper Guadalupe River on May 13, 2014

Riparian Flyer – Double Bayou on September 24, 2014

Riparian Flyer – Lower Nueces River, Petronila Creek, and Oso Creek on October 8, 2014

Riparian Flyer – Eagle Mountain on October 14, 2014

Riparian Flyer – Pedernales River on December 5, 2015

Riparian Flyer – Dickinson Bayou on February 27, 2015

Riparian Flyer – San Antonio River on April 1, 2015

Riparian Flyer – Cypress Creek on May 19, 2015

Riparian Flyer – Hickory Creek on May 21, 2015

Riparian Flyer – Richland Chambers on June 2, 2015

Riparian Flyer -Proper Functioning Condition Waxahachie on June 3-4, 2015

Riparian Flyer -Proper Functioning Condition Belton on June 17-18, 2015

Riparian-Flyer-San-Gabriel on September 3, 2015