Urban Riparian and Stream Restoration Training set for May 1 in Killeen

Contacts: Clare Entwistle, 210-277-0292, ext. 205, clare.entwistle@ag.tamu.edu

Dr. Fouad Jaber, 512-213-7389, Fouad.Jaber@ag.tamu.edu

KILLEEN – The Texas Water Resources Institute, or TWRI, will host a workshop from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. May 1 for professionals interested in conducting stream restoration projects around Killeen and Temple.

An urban riparian and stream workshop related to the Killeen and Temple area watershed will be held May 1. (Texas Water Resources Institute photo)

The Urban Riparian and Stream Restoration Program is managed by the TWRI, part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University.

The morning session will be at the Founder’s Hall of Texas A&M University-Central Texas, 1001 Leadership Place in Killeen. The afternoon session will be outdoors along North Reese Creek where attendees will learn stream surveying techniques.

The workshop is co-hosted locally by the Lampasas River Watershed Partnership, AgriLife Extension office in Bell County, Texas A&M Natural Resource Institute, the Blackland Research and Extension Center and Texas Institute of Applied Environmental Research at Tarleton State University.

Clare Entwistle, research associate at TWRI’s San Antonio office, said attendees must register by April 28. Attendees are encouraged to register early as the workshop is limited to 40 people.

Registration is $100 and can be done at https://bit.ly/2Fa5h0t. Cost includes all training materials, lunch and a certificate of completion at the end of the course.

“Riparian and stream degradation is a major threat to water quality, in-stream habitat, terrestrial wildlife, aquatic species and overall stream health,” said Dr. Fouad Jaber, AgriLife Extension program specialist for the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas. “Proper management, protection and restoration of these riparian areas will improve water quality, lower in-stream temperatures, improve aquatic habitat and fish community integrity.”

Jaber said the goal of the workshop is for participants to better understand urban stream functions and impacts of development on urban streams.

“It will show attendees how to evaluate healthy versus degraded stream systems, assess and classify a stream using the Bank Erosion Hazard Index, and understand differences between natural and traditional restoration techniques,” he said.

Entwistle said TWRI is able to offer the workshop at a reduced cost thanks to program funding provided through a Clean Water Act nonpoint source grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Workshop presentations will be given by representatives of the organizing institutions. Participants receive appropriate continuing education unit certificates at the conclusion of the training.

The workshop offers many types of continuing education units and more credits are in the process of being added. Foresters and professional loggers can receive six hours from the Society of American Foresters. It offers one unit from the TWRI, seven hours for certified crop advisors, six hours from the Texas Floodplain Management Association, and six hours for Texas Nutrient Management Planning specialists. The program may also be used for continuing education units for professional engineers.

Participants should check with their local Master Naturalist and Master Gardener chapter to see if the workshop is approved for credit in their area.

For more information, contact Entwistle at 210-277-2092, ext. 205, or clare.entwistle@ag.tamu.edu, or visit http://texasriparian.org or go to Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TexasRiparianAssociation.

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