Urban stream processes, restoration workshop set for Nov. 29 in Belton

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

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

BELTON – The Texas Water Resources Institute’s Urban Riparian and Stream Restoration Program will host the Urban Stream Processes and Restoration workshop from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 29 in Belton.

A stretch of the Lampasas River. (Texas Water Resources Institute photo)

Coordinators said the workshop is for professionals interested in conducting stream restoration projects around the Lampasas River watershed area.

The morning session will be at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Bell County, 1605 N. Main. The afternoon session will be outdoors along a section of the Lampasas River, where attendees will learn stream surveying techniques.

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

Attendees must register by Nov. 24 to Clare Entwistle, TWRI research associate at the institute’s San Antonio office, at 210-277-0292, ext. 205 or clare.entwistle@ag.tamu.edu.  They can also register online at Texas A&M Marketplace.

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

“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 Center in Dallas. “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 and 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 TWRI, Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute, AgriLife centers in Dallas and Temple, and the Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research.

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 being added. Foresters and professional loggers can receive six hours of credit 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 be used for continuing education units for professional engineers and could 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 TWRI, 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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