Urban stream processes, restoration workshop set for May 7 in Junction

The Texas Water Resources Institute will hold an urban riparian and stream restoration workshop May 7 in Junction.  (Texas Water Resources Institute photo by Ed. Rhodes)

JUNCTION – The Texas Water Resources Institute’s Urban Riparian and Stream Restoration Program will host a workshop from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. May 7 in Junction for professionals interested in conducting stream restoration projects in that area.

The morning session will be at the Texas Tech University Llano River Field Station, 254 Red Raider Lane. The afternoon session will be along Mary’s Creek, at which time participants will learn 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 at the end of the course.

Attendees must register by May 2 to Clare Entwistle, Texas A&M AgriLife Research associate at the institute’s San Antonio office, at 210-277-0292 ext. 205 or clare.entwistle@ag.tamu.edu or online at https://bit.ly/2WHlH9W.

Entwistle said a few rooms are available at the field station on a first come, first served basis for attendees traveling a long distance to the training. The cost is $70 for a single room or $80 for a double room. The double occupancy option must be shared by two people and both names should be included when the reservation is made.

Room reservations for the field station can be made at https://bit.ly/2UtRwp2. Entwistle said if the rooms at the field station are full, attendees can make reservations for lodging in Junction, which is about 20 minutes from the field station.

Dr. Fouad Jaber, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist in Dallas, said riparian and stream degradation is a major threat to water quality, in-stream habitat, terrestrial wildlife, aquatic species and overall stream health.

“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.

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

“Attendees will also learn to recognize healthy versus degraded stream systems, assess and classify a stream using the Bank Erosion Hazard Index and comprehend differences between natural and traditional restoration techniques,” he said.

Workshop presentations will be given by representatives of the Texas Water Resources Institute, AgriLife Research and the Llano River Field Station.

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. 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 Texas Nutrient Management Planning hours. The program may also be used for continuing education units for professional engineers. Participants should check with their local Master Naturalist and Master Gardener chapters to see if the workshop is approved for their area.

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 AgriLife Research, AgriLife Extension and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University.

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

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

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