Riparian & Streams Ecosystem Training in Lockhart on Sept. 26, 2017
Riparian and Stream Ecosystems –Plum Creek
September 26, 2017
8:15 am – 4:00 pm
Lockhart State Park Recreation Hall
2012 State Park Rd
Lockhart, TX 76528 (map)
This workshop is being co-hosted by the Plum Creek Watershed Partnership, The AgriLife Extension Office in Caldwell 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.
Plum Creek, a 52-mile stream in Central Texas, is the focus of watershed planning efforts by stakeholders. Nick Dornak, Plum Creek Watershed Coordinator, is facilitating implementation of the watershed protection plan that requires implementing a variety of land and water management strategies. The riparian and stream workshop is an educational event supporting this effort.
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 – 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)
- 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 Sept. 21, 2017 and is free because it is funded through a Clean Water Act grant provided by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. RSVP online below or by email to email@example.com. A catered BBQ lunch from Chisolm Trail is being provided for $10 or participants may bring their own lunch. Attendees can pay for lunch by credit card using this online link or by cash at the door. Please remember to select if you would like the lunch when you RSVP.
Dress is casual and comfortable for the weather as we will be outside at the stream during the afternoon. For more information or questions please contact Nikki Dictson at 979-575-4424 or firstname.lastname@example.org.