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Riparian and Stream Ecosystems – Leon River on June 8 in Gatesville

June 8, 2017
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Gatesville Civic Center
301 Veteran’s Memorial Loop
Gatesville, TX 76528 (map)

This workshop is being co-hosted by the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Coryell County. 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 Leon River, a 190-mile stream in north Central Texas, is the focus of watershed planning efforts by stakeholders. Andy James, AgriLife Extension associate and Leon River watershed coordinator is facilitating implementation of the watershed protection plan that requires implementing a variety of 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.

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 June 5, 2017 and is free since 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. RSVP online or by email to n-dictson@tamu.edu. A catered lunch 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.

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 n-dictson@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.

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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.

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.

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Riparian and Stream Ecosystems – Pedernales River on May 16

Riparian and Stream Ecosystems –Pedernales River

May 16, 2017
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Texas Tech University Hill Country University Center at Fredericksburg
2818 East U.S. Hwy 290
Fredericksburg, TX 78624 (map)

This workshop is being co-hosted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Hill Country Alliance, The Nature Conservancy and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Gillespie County. 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 Pedernales River is approximately 106 miles long and is fed by more than 1,000 springs as it runs through the Hill Country in central Texas.  It is a tributary of the Colorado River, and is home to 14 endemic species of fish, including the state fish of Texas, the Guadalupe Bass. 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 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 May 12, 2017 by email to n-dictson@tamu.edu, by calling Dictson at 979-575-4424. Hill Country Alliance is providing a catered lunch for $10 or participants may bring their own lunch. Attendees can pay for lunch by credit card using this online link bit.ly/2nLUPne or by cash at the door.

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 n-dictson@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. 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.

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RSVP Now – Riparian & Stream Ecosystem Training in Bandera on April 18th

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By: AgriLife Today

Contacts: Nikki Dictson, 979-575-4424, n-dictson@tamu.edu

Morgen Ayers, 830-796-7260, mayers@bcragd.org

Michael Haynes, 830-796-7755, michael.haynes@ag.tamu.edu

BANDERA–The Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Program of the Texas Water Resources Institute will host a free workshop from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. April 18 in Bandera for area residents interested in land and water stewardship in the Medina and Sabinal rivershed areas.

The morning session will be at the Mansfield Park Recreational Hall, 2886 Texas Highway 16 N. The afternoon session will include a walk and presentations along the river.

A Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Program will be held April 18 in Bandera. (Texas Water Resources Institute photo)

The workshop is co-hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Bandera County and the Bandera County River Authority and Groundwater District.

Bandera County contains the headwaters of the Medina River in the upper San Antonio River Basin as well as the headwaters of the Sabinal River in the upper Nueces River Basin, according to Morgen Ayers, the Bandera County River Authority and Groundwater District‘s water conservation and community outreach coordinator.

Nikki Dictson, AgriLife Extension program specialist, College Station, said the workshop will focus on the nature and function of stream and riparian zones in addition to the benefits and economic impacts from proper functioning riparian systems.

“Riparian areas – the green vegetated land area adjacent to the bank of a stream, creek, bayou, river or lake – are unique and important ecosystems that provide many benefits including habitat and forage for wildlife,” Dictson said. “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.”

Workshop presentations will be given by representatives of the Texas Water Resources Institute, Bandera County River Authority and Groundwater District, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, AgriLife Extension, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas A&M Forest Service.

All attendees must RSVP by April 14 to Dictson at 979-575-4424 or n-dictson@tamu.edu or online at http://nrt.tamu.edu/schedule/apr-18-2017-texas-riparian/.

The program will include a lunchtime presentation, with the river authority providing a free meal to participants.

Dictson 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.

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

The workshop offers various 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 Dictson or visit http://texasriparian.org or go to Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TexasRiparianAssociation.