Riparian & Streams Ecosystem Training in Lockhart on Sept. 26, 2017

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Riparian and Stream Ecosystems –Plum Creek

September 26, 2017
8:15 am – 4:00 pm

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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 n-dictson@tamu.edu. 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 n-dictson@tamu.edu.

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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.

Riparian and Stream Ecosystems –Lower Nueces River Watershed

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October 3, 2017
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Nueces County Emergency Services District #4
5781 FM 666
Robstown, TX 78380 (map)

This workshop is being co-hosted by The Nueces River Authority, the AgriLife Extension Office in Nueces 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 Lower Nueces River includes 39 river miles from Lake Corpus Christi to the saltwater barrier dam in Corpus Christi. Rocky Freund, the Nueces River Authority’s deputy executive director, said water quality testing conducted on the Lower Nueces River showed high levels of total dissolved solids and the nutrient chlorophyll-a.

“Not only is the Lower Nueces River our main water source, it is a beautiful river with many miles of natural areas and abundant wildlife,” Freund said. “It is rich in history related to the early Native American inhabitant, Texas Independence and development of the area.”

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 September 27, 2017. Please RSVP online or by email to clare.entwistle@ag.tamu.edu. A catered lunch from Nolan’s Restaurant including a sausage or sliced brisket sandwich, beans, fries, and tea is available for $10 or participants may select to bring their own lunch. Please make sure to choose your lunch option while signing up below. Attendees can pay for lunch by credit using the online system at the TAMU Marketplace 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. 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.

Riparian and Stream Ecosystems – Lavon Lake Watershed & Denton County on Sept. 13

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September 13, 2017
8:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary
1 Nature Place
McKinney, TX 75069 (map)

This workshop is being co-hosted by the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD), Upper Trinity Regional Water District, and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Denton and Collin counties, 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 program 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.

Lavon Lake is the upper most reservoir on the East Fork of the Trinity River and provides drinking water to over 1.6 million residents in North Texas. The 491,520-acre watershed that drains to Lavon Lake includes parts of Collin, Grayson, Fannin and Hunt counties. In partnership with AgriLife Extension, NTMWD is proactively developing a non-regulatory watershed protection plan to help protect and improve water quality in Lavon Lake. https://www.ntmwd.com/watershed-planning/

Denton County is rapidly transforming from a largely rural county to one with more urban character.  As development continues, several partners in the county are working to preserve high-value watershed areas, particularly along creeks and rivers, with the development of the Denton County Greenbelt Plan. Voluntary in nature, the Greenbelt Plan advocates for a common vision for the protection of greenbelt corridors along creeks, rivers and lakes within the county to protect water quality and enhance the quality of life for residents.

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
  • 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 September 6, 2017. RSVP online or by email to Clare.Entwistle@ag.tamu.edu. A catered lunch including a veggie option is available for $10 or participants may bring their own lunch. Please make sure to choose your lunch option while signing up below. Attendees can pay for lunch by credit using the online system at TAMU Marketplace Link or pay in cash at the door.

For more information, 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.