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RSVP Now for Riparian Training in Wimberley on June 1, 2017

Riparian and Stream Ecosystems –Blanco River & Cypress Creek

June 1, 2017
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Johnson Hall at the Wimberley Community Center
14068 Ranch Rd 12.
Wimberley, TX 78676 (map)

This workshop is being co-hosted by The Hill Country Alliance, The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, the AgriLife Extension Office in Hays 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 Blanco River Watershed is approximately 440 square miles; stretching across Kendall, Comal, Blanco and Hays Counties in central Texas. The Blanco River originates from several springs in northeastern springs in Kendall County, and flows east until it converges with the San Marcos River. Located in central Texas and part of the Edwards Plateau region of the Texas Hill Country, Cypress Creek flows through unincorporated portions of Hays County and the cities of Wimberley and Woodcreek and flows into the Blanco River. The Blanco River Watershed ranks in the top five expanding population areas in the United States.

The Cypress Creek project was initiated in 2008, when concerned landowners, nongovernment organizations and the Meadows Center received Clean Water Act funding from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to develop a preventative and community-driven watershed protection plan for Cypress Creek. The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment provides technical assistance and facilitation to a group of dedicated Cypress Creek stakeholders to develop and implement the watershed protection plan.

These one-day trainings in watersheds across the state include both indoor classroom presentations and outdoor stream walks. 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 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 29, 2017 and the workshop is provided 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 through the online form below, by email to n-dictson@tamu.edu, or by calling Dictson at 979-575-4424. The Hill Country Alliance is coordinating a catered lunch for $10 or participants may bring their own lunch. Attendees can pay for lunch by credit using the link from the website or pay in cash at the door.

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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.