Urban Stream Processes and Restoration Training slated for Nov. 19 in Corpus Christi

The Texas Water Resources Institute will present an urban riparian and stream restoration training Nov. 19 in Corpus Christi. (Texas Water Resources Institute photo by Ed Rhodes)

The Texas Water Resources Institute’s Urban Riparian and Stream Restoration Program will host an Urban Stream Processes and Restoration Training from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 19 in Corpus Christi for professionals interested in conducting stream restoration projects in that area.

The morning session will be at the South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St. The afternoon session will be outdoors along Oso Creek, where attendees will learn stream surveying techniques.

Early registration is encouraged as the workshop is limited to 40 people. The cost is $50 and includes all training materials, lunch and a certificate of completion.

Attendees must register by Nov. 13 to Clare Entwistle, research associate at the institute’s San Antonio office, at 210-277-0292, ext. 205, or clare.entwistle@ag.tamu.edu or online at Texas A&M Marketplace.

Fouad Jaber, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension 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 InstituteTexas A&M AgriLife Research and Nueces 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.

Participants will receive a certificate of completion and 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 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.

Master Naturalist or Master Gardener attendees should check with their local chapter to see if  the program is approved for their area.

For more information, contact Entwistle, visit the program’s webpage or the Texas Riparian Associations Facebook page.

The urban riparian stream education program is managed by TWRI, part of AgriLife Research, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University.

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