The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) is hosting free Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Program workshops Nov. 6 in Bishop and Nov. 13 in Temple for area residents interested in land and water stewardship.
The Nov. 6 workshop for area residents in the Petronila Creek and San Fernando Creek watersheds is from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The morning session will be at the American Legion Post 185, 440 Texas St in Bishop. The afternoon session will include a walk and presentations along the creek.
The Nov. 13 workshop for residents in the Big Elm Creek watershed is from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The morning session will be at Oscar Store, 8133 Oscar Spur in Temple. The afternoon session will include a walk and presentations along the creek.
Clare Entwistle, research associate at the institute’s San Antonio office, said attendees planning to attend the Nov. 6 workshop must RSVP by Nov. 1 online at Texas A&M Marketplace, to Entwistle at 210-277-0292 ext.205, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attendees to the Nov. 13 workshop must RSVP by Nov. 7 online at Texas A&M Marketplace, or to Entwistle.
Entwistle said proper management, protection and restoration of riparian areas directly influences water quality and quantity, plus stabilizes stream banks and improves fish and aquatic habitats and communities.
“The goal of the workshops is for participants to better understand riparian and watershed processes, the benefits of healthy riparian areas and what resources are available to prevent degradation while improving water quality,” she said.
Entwistle said the institute is able to offer the workshop without cost thanks to program funding provided through a Clean Water Act nonpoint source grant from the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.