HANKAMER–The Texas Water Resources Institute’s Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Program will host a workshop from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 24 in Anahuac/Hankamer for area residents interested in land and water stewardship in the Double Bayou watershed.
The free workshop is co-hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Chambers County and the Double Bayou Watershed Partnership.
The morning session will be at the Whites Park Community Center, 214 White Park Road. The afternoon session will include an outdoor walk along the bayou.
Linda Shead, Double Bayou Watershed coordinator, said the goal of the partnership is to develop a voluntary watershed plan to improve water quality in the bayou. The watershed starts in southern Liberty County and drains to the east and west forks of Double Bayou, which join at the southern part of the watershed and discharge into Trinity Bay at Oak Island.
Water quality testing conducted on Double Bayou indicated that portions of the west fork contain high levels of bacteria, making it unsuitable for contact recreation activities. The west fork is also listed on the state’s impaired waters list for low dissolved oxygen levels.
Nikki Dictson, Texas Water Resources Institute and AgriLife Extension program specialist and coordinator of the program, said trainings will focus on the nature and function of stream and riparian zones, as well as the benefits and economic impacts from proper functioning riparian systems. A riparian zone is the land area adjacent to the bank of a stream, creek, bayou or river.
“Workshop topics will include riparian and watershed management principles, water quality, riparian vegetation, hindrances to healthy riparian areas, stream processes, management practices and local resources,” Dictson said.
Workshop presentations will be given by representatives of the Texas Water Resources Institute, U.S.Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas A&M Forest Service, AgriLife Extension and the Double Bayou Watershed Partnership.
“The goal is for participants to better understand riparian and watershed processes, see the benefits of healthy riparian areas and know what resources are available to prevent degradation while improving water quality,” Dictson said.
A free catered lunch will be sponsored by Samson Energy. The program will include a lunchtime presentation, and attendees may bring their own lunch if they prefer.
Attendees must RSVP by Sept.19 to Dictson at 979-458-5915 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or online at http://texasriparian.org/trainings/upcoming-training-locations/.
Tyler Fitzgerald, AgriLife Extension agent for Chambers County, said participants will receive a certificate of completion and appropriate continuing education unit certificates at the conclusion of the training.
The workshop offers a variety of continuing education units, including two general and one integrated pest management for Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide license holders. It offers one unit from the Texas Water Resources Institute, six hours from the Texas Forestry Association, 5.5 hours from the Society of American Foresters 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. 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.
For more information, contact Dictson or visit http://texasriparian.org or go to Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TexasRiparianAssociation.
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