Urban riparian, stream restoration workshop set for Nov. 7 in San Antonio

Contacts: Clare Entwistle, 210-277-0292 x205, clare.entwistle@ag.tamu.edu

Dr. Fouad Jaber, 972-952-9672, Fouad.Jaber@ag.tamu.edu

SAN ANTONIO – The Texas Water Resources Institute’s Urban Riparian and Stream Restoration Program will host a workshop from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 7 in San Antonio for professionals interested in conducting stream restoration projects around the area.

The San Antonio River. (Texas Water Resources Institute photo)

The morning session of the Urban Stream Processes and Restoration Training workshop will be at the San Antonio River Authority, 100 E. Guenther St. The afternoon session will be outdoors along a section of the San Antonio River, where attendees will learn hands-on stream surveying techniques.

Early registration is encouraged as the workshop is limited to 40 people. The $100 cost includes all training materials, lunch and a certificate of completion.

The workshop is co-hosted locally by the San Antonio River Authority and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Bexar County.

Attendees must register by Nov. 2 to Clare Entwistle, research associate at the institute’s San Antonio office, at 210-277-0292, Ext. 205 or clare.entwistle@ag.tamu.edu.

“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, Dallas.

Jaber said proper management, protection and restoration of these riparian areas will improve water quality, lower in-stream temperatures, improve aquatic habitat and ultimately improve macrobenthos and fish community integrity.

He said the goal of the workshop is for participants to better understand urban stream functions, impacts of development on urban streams, recognize healthy versus degraded stream systems.

“Attendees will also assess and classify a stream using the Bank Erosion Hazard Index, and comprehend differences between natural and traditional restoration techniques,” Jaber said.

Workshop presentations will be given by representatives of the Texas Water Resources Institute, the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas and the San Antonio River Authority.

Entwistle said the institute 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.

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 Texas Water Resources Institute, seven hours for Certified Crop Advisors, and six hours for Texas Nutrient Management Planning specialists. The program may also be used for continuing education units for professional engineers. It may also provide units for Texas Master Naturalists and Texas Master Gardeners.

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

The urban riparian stream 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.

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