Lampasas River Watershed Riparian Workshop set Sept. 26 at Briggs

Workshop will be the last one of the year

Dry Creekbed

This tributary of South Rocky Creek on the KeilseL Ranch is currently dry, as are many
Central Texas streams because of the drought. However, even without water, the creek can be used to assess the health of the stream by looking for certain benchmarks, said Lisa Prcin, Texas A&M AgriLife Research associate, Temple. (U.S. Department of Agriculture –Natural Resources Conservation Service photo by Ricky Linex)


Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu

BRIGGS — The Lampasas River Watershed Partnership will host a one-day workshop, “Proper Functioning Condition Riparian,” 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Briggs Community Center, 215 Loop 308 in Briggs.

“This will be the last Lampasas River Watershed workshop of the year, but we may have another in the spring,” said Lisa Prcin, Texas A&M AgriLife Research associate at Temple. Pricn has spent the last four years working with local stakeholders to develop and implement the Lampasas River Watershed Protection Plan.

The Lampasas River watershed encompasses parts of Mills, Hamilton, Lampasas, Coryell, Burnet, Bell and Williamson counties, according to Prcin.

“The workshop will focus on assessing riparian and wetland conditions, and will offer three continuing education units – one each in the laws and regulations, integrated pest management, and general categories — for holders of Texas Department of Agriculture private pesticide applicator licenses,” she 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 a tributary of South Rocky Creek on the KeilseL Ranch.

After lunch, which will be provided, the workshop will move to a walk along the nearby creek, 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.

Those wishing to attend should contact Prcin at 254-774-6008 or lprcin@brc.tamus.edu. A full agenda and a map are available at http://www.lampasasriver.org .

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.

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