TWRI to host Urban Stream Processes and Restoration trainings in November

The Texas Water Resources Institute’s Urban Riparian and Stream Restoration Program will host Urban Stream Processes and Restoration trainings Nov. 14 in Waco and Nov. 19 in Corpus Christi for professionals interested in conducting stream restoration projects.

The Nov. 14 workshop will be from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. The morning session will be at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in McLennan County, 4224 Cobbs Drive, in Waco. The afternoon session will be outdoors along Waco Creek, where participants will learn stream surveying techniques.

The Nov. 17 workshop will be from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The morning session will be at the South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, 8545 S. Staples St. in Corpus Christi. The afternoon session will be outdoors along Oso Creek.

Early registration is encouraged as the Waco workshop is limited to 30 people and the Corpus Christi is limited to 40. Cost is $50 and includes all training materials, lunch and a certificate of completion at the end of the course.

Attendees must register by Nov. 11 for the Waco training and Nov. 13 for the Corpus Christi training to Clare Entwistle, research associate at the institute’s San Antonio office, at 210-277-0292 ext. 205 or or online at Texas A&M Marketplace.

Dr. Fouad Jaber, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service 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 the 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.

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.

Entwistle said participants will receive a certificate of completion and appropriate continuing education unit (CEU) certificates at the conclusion of the training. The workshop offers many types of CEUs 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 CEUs for professional engineers.

Participants should check with their local Master Naturalist and Master Gardener chapters to see if the workshop is approved for their area.

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

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