National expert in river restoration teaches course
Forty-four Texas water resources professionals met at the Mayan Dude Ranch outside of Bandera, Texas, on Jan. 28-Feb. 1 to learn about river restoration from a nationally recognized expert.
Dr. Dave Rosgen, a registered professional hydrologist with more than 40 years of experience, taught the weeklong Applied Fluvial Geomorphology Course. The course was coordinated by the Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) and was part of the Texas Watershed Planning Short Course project, funded by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
Rosgen, the principal hydrologist of Wildland Hydrology Consultants, gave the participants in-depth knowledge of natural processes in river basins, including fluvial geomorphology, sedimentation, hydraulics, and streambank erosion. He also taught participants about best management practices to restore impaired stream segments and improve fish habitat. Rosgen conducted field exercises with the group in West Verde Creek, located in the Hill Country State Natural Area.
Participants were from TCEQ, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Forest Service, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, and TWRI.
Kevin Wagner, TWRI project manager, said the course was very successful. "Based on our evaluations, participants' overall satisfaction with the course was excellent," Wagner said. "Much time and effort went into coordinating this, but it was well worth it."
Wagner said he is keeping a waiting list for possible future offerings of the course. "With additional funding, we may offer the same course again or Dr. Rosgen's second course, River Morphology and Applications Short Course," he said.