Photo essay: Planting day at the Urban Riparian Demonstration site

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) water team along with Ward Ling, Geronimo and Alligator Creek watershed coordinator, and volunteers recently planted native species along the Urban Riparian and Stream Restoration Program demonstration site located on Geronimo Creek at the Irma Lewis Seguin Outdoor Learning Center in Seguin, Texas.

Two demonstration sites along the stream that have moderate to highly erodible banks were selected for the demonstration. The upstream site will have no restoration activities implemented, and the downstream site has been planted with native species to revegetate.

Water quality monitoring will be performed before, during and after revegetation for up to two years to document changes of the stream.

The Urban Riparian and Stream Restoration Program, coordinated by TWRI in collaboration with Texas A&M AgriLife Research in Dallas, is bringing awareness, education and the value of stream restoration to urban areas around Texas.

The program, funded through the Clean Water Act nonpoint source grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is a three-year grant cycle that will host 15 one day trainings around Texas.

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