Conservation Matters November 2015

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Riparian and stream ecosystem workshop set for Dec. 3 in Nacogdoches

By Kathy Wythe

Riparian and stream ecosystem workshop set for Dec. 3 in Nacogdoches

The Texas Water Resources Institute’s (TWRI) Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Program will host a workshop from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 3 in Nacogdoches for area residents interested in land and water stewardship in the Attoyac Bayou watershed.

The free workshop is co-hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Nacogdoches County and the Attoyac Bayou Watershed Partnership.

The morning session will be at the Courthouse Annex, 203 W. Main St. The afternoon session will include a walk and presentations along the bayou.

Attendees must RSVP by Nov. 27 to Nikki Dictson at 979-458-5915 or n-dictson@tamu.edu, or online.

The program will include a lunchtime presentation and a catered barbecue lunch is available from C.C.’s Smokehouse for $10 with RSVP prior to Nov. 27. After Nov. 27, lunch is $15 payable at the door the day of the event. Attendees may bring their own lunch if they prefer.

Dictson, AgriLife Extension program specialist for TWRI and coordinator of the program, said the workshop will focus on the nature and function of stream and riparian zones, as well as the benefits and economic impacts from proper functioning riparian systems.

A riparian zone is the land area adjacent to the bank of a stream, creek, bayou or river.

Dictson said workshop topics will include riparian and watershed management principles, water quality, riparian vegetation, hindrances to healthy riparian areas, stream processes, management practices and discussion of local resources.

Workshop presentations will be given by representatives of TWRI, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, AgriLife Extension and Texas A&M Forest Service

Lucas Gregory, a project specialist for TWRI, said the goal of the watershed partnership is to promote the long-term conservation and stewardship of the Attoyac Bayou watershed that improves and sustains water quality, protects the natural resources it contains and maintains its economic viability. 

Gregory said the Attoyac Bayou Watershed Partnership developed a watershed protection plan in 2014 to help mitigate the water quality concerns.

Ricky Thompson, AgriLife Extension agent for Nacogdoches County, said participants will receive a certificate of completion and appropriate continuing education unit certificates at the conclusion of the training.

The workshop offers more than five types of continuing education units including three units – two general and one integrated pest management – for Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide license holders. It offers one unit from the Texas Water Resources Institute and six hours for Texas Nutrient Management Planning specialists. Foresters and professional loggers can receive six hours from Texas Forestry Association and 5.5 hours from Society of American Foresters. The program may also be used for continuing education units for professional engineers and architects.

The riparian education program is managed by TWRI and is funded through a Clean Water Act grant provided by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

For more information, contact Dictson or visit the Texas Riparian Association website or Facebook page.

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