The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) Urban Riparian and Stream Restoration Program will host a workshop from 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Aug. 16 in Nacogdoches for professionals interested in conducting stream restoration projects in East Texas.
The morning session will be at Liberty Hall, and the afternoon session will be outdoors in and along La Nana Bayou to learn stream surveying techniques.
Attendees are encouraged to register early, as the workshop is limited due to space. Registration cost is $50 and includes all training materials, a catered lunch and a certificate of completion following the course.
Workshop presentations will be given by experts from TWRI and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
Threats to water quality
“Riparian and stream degradation is a major threat to water quality, in-stream habitat, terrestrial wildlife, aquatic species, and overall stream health,” said Fouad Jaber, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension program specialist in Dallas.
He said 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.
“The goal of the workshop is for participants to better understand urban stream functions, impacts of development on urban streams, recognize healthy versus degraded stream systems, assess and classify a stream using the Rosgen method, and comprehend differences between natural and traditional restoration techniques,” Jaber said.
Continuing education units
Neal said participants will receive a certificate of completion and appropriate continuing education unit certificates at the conclusion of the training.
He said the workshop offers many types of continuing education units. It offers seven hours for Certified Crop Advisors, six hours for Texas Floodplain Managers, and six hours for Texas Nutrient Management Planning specialists. The program may also be used for continuing education units for professional engineers and architects.
Check with local chapters for Master Naturalist and Master Gardener to see if it is approved for your area.
Neal 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.
The urban riparian stream education program is managed by TWRI, part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, AgriLife Extension and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University.