Riparian, stream ecosystem workshop set for Sept. 3 in Georgetown

GEORGETOWN — 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. 3 in Georgetown for area residents interested in land and water stewardship in the San Gabriel River watershed.

The free workshop is co-hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Williamson County and the city of Georgetown.

The morning session will be at the Georgetown Community Center, 445 E. Morrow St. The afternoon session will include a walk and presentations along the San Gabriel River.

The program will include a lunchtime presentation, and the city of Georgetown is providing a free catered lunch from Chick-Fil-A. Attendees may bring their own lunch if they prefer.

Attendees must RSVP by 5 p.m. on Aug. 31 to Nikki Dictson at 979-458-5915 or n-dictson@tamu.edu, or online at http://texasriparian.org/trainings/upcoming-training-locations/.

Dictson, Texas Water Resources Institute Extension program specialist and coordinator of the program in College Station, said the workshop 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.

Dictson said workshop topics will include riparian and watershed management principles, water quality, riparian vegetation, hindrances to healthy riparian areas, stream processes, management practices and discussion of local resources.

Workshop presentations will be given by representatives of the Texas Water Resources Institute, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, AgriLife Extension, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Williamson County and the city of Georgetown.

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

The workshop offers over five types of continuing education units including three units – 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, and six hours for Texas Nutrient Management Planning specialists. The program may also be used for continuing education units for professional engineers.

For more information, contact Dictson or visit http://texasriparian.org or go to Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TexasRiparianAssociation.

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