Watershed includes parts of Mills, Hamilton, Lampasas, Coryell, Burnet, Bell and Williamson counties
OAKALLA — The Lampasas River Watershed Partnership will host a one-day “Proper Functioning Condition Riparian” workshop May 2 at the Oakalla Community Center, 29111 Farm-to-Market Road 963 in Oakalla.
The watershed encompasses parts of Mills, Hamilton, Lampasas, Coryell, Burnet, Bell and Williamson counties, said Lisa Prcin, Texas A&M AgriLife Research associate at Temple and Lampasas River Watershed coordinator.
“The workshop will focus on assessing riparian and wetland conditions, and will offer three continuing education units for holders of Texas Department of Agriculture private pesticide applicator licenses — one unit in integrated pest management, one in laws and regulations, and one general,” Prcin said.
Prcin said the course will be conducted by U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service personnel. There is no charge for the public to attend the workshop, which will consist of classroom and field instruction along nearby Clear Creek.
Sign-in will be at 8 a.m. with classroom instruction lasting until noon. After lunch, which will be provided, the workshop will move outdoors to the nearby Clear Creek, and finish about 3:30 p.m., she said.
“Be prepared for the possibility of chiggers and/or ticks,” said Ricky Linex, conservation service wildlife biologist and one of the course instructors. “Wear long pants, sturdy shoes, sunscreen and a hat. We will be walking adjacent to and in the creek with some rough ground to cross. A walking stick will come in handy for navigating the terrain.”
Participants will learn the basic interaction of hydrology, erosion and vegetation for Central Texas creeks and rivers, Prcin said.
“Among topics to be covered are channels, floodplains, water table, vegetation, base flow, flood flow, sediment and how these things in combination are what make up the riparian area,” she said.
Riparian and wetland areas occur along watercourses or water bodies and occupy the transitional area between the upland and water ecosystems, Prcin noted. Typical examples would include floodplains, stream banks, and lake shores.
The Lampasas River Watershed Partnership is a collaborative effort by local stakeholders, AgriLife Research, and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation board.
Funding and support for the Lampasas Watershed Protection Plan is 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.