Riverside Nature Center to host presentation on riparian area function in urban settings and watershed planning

Lucas Gregory, Ph.D., associate director of the Texas Water Resources Institute, will be presenting on topics in watershed management and urban riparian restoration at the Upper Guadalupe River Authority’s (UGRA) Riverside Nature Center in Kerrville, Texas.

The free presentation begins at 10:30 a.m. May 4 at the UGRA classrooms, 125 Lehmann Dr., Kerrville, followed by a guided tour of the EduScape.

Gregory’s presentation will provide attendees information on the link between uplands and riparian area, what a healthy riparian system looks like, and benefits of a properly functioning riparian area. Managing riparian areas in an urban setting and the watershed planning process will also be discussed. The presentation will conclude with next steps and personal involvement.

“Watersheds, riparian areas and waterways are connected systems that provide a suite of valuable natural resources and ecosystem services,” Gregory said. “Effective management of these systems must include all components for a positive change in water quality, riparian health, or watershed productivity and function to occur.”

Following the presentation, Gregory will lead a guided tour of the EduScape demonstration garden on the Riverside Nature Center grounds and discuss how seemingly small scale, local projects can positively impact onsite stormwater management and downstream water quality.

Gregory’s presentation is part of the EduScape Talk & Tour series, a public outreach program in partnership between UGRA and Riverside Nature Center. EduScape is a presentation garden that combines over 15 different examples of stormwater retention and water management practices.

To register, please call the Riverside Nature Center at 830-257-4837 or email rnc.kerrville@gmail.com.

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