Urban Stream Processes and Restoration program set for Oct. 29 in New Braunfels

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) ’s Urban Riparian and Stream Restoration Program will host a Urban Stream Processes and Restoration Training from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 29 in New Braunfels for professionals interested in conducting stream restoration projects around the I-35 corridor.

The morning session will be at Landa Haus, 360 Aquatic Circle. The afternoon session will be outdoors along the Guadalupe River to learn stream surveying techniques.

Attendees must register by Oct. 25 to Clare Entwistle, research associate at the institute’s San Antonio office, at 210-277-0292 ext 205 or clare.entwistle@ag.tamu.edu or online at Texas A&M Marketplace. Attendees are encouraged to register early, as the workshop is limited to 40 people. Registration cost is $50 and includes all training materials, lunch and a certificate of completion at the end of the course.

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, 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.

Workshop presentations will be given by representatives of the TWRI, the Texas A&M AgriLife Research, and the City of New Braunfels.

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 certificates at the conclusion of the training. The workshop offers many types of continuing education units 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 TWRI, seven hours for Certified Crop Advisors, and six hours for Texas Nutrient Management Planning specialists. The program may also be used for continuing education units 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, visit the program’s webpage, or go to the Texas Riparian Association’s Facebook page.

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As communications manager for TWRI, Kathy Wythe provides leadership for the institute's communications, including a magazine, newsletters, brochures, social media, media relations and special projects. 

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