Texas Riparian & Stream Ecosystem Training - Petronila and San Fernando Creek Watersheds

Texas Riparian & Stream Ecosystem Training - Petronila and San Fernando Creek Watersheds

Riparian and Stream Ecosystems – Petronila Creek and San Fernando Creek Watersheds

November 6, 2019
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM


American Legion Post 185
440 Texas St
Bishop, TX 78343 

This training is being co-hosted by the Texas Sea Grant, the Nueces River Authority, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Nueces County and the Texas Water Resources Institute. The training will focus on the nature and function of stream and riparian zones and the benefits and direct impacts from healthy riparian zones. The riparian education programs will cover an introduction to riparian principles, watershed processes, basic hydrology, erosion/deposition principles and riparian vegetation, as well as potential causes of degradation and possible resulting impairment(s), and available local resources including technical assistance and tools that can be employed to prevent and/or resolve degradation.

These one-day trainings in watersheds across the state include both indoor classroom presentations and outdoor stream walks. Instructors are experts from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Texas A&M Forest Service, Texas A&M Natural Resource Institute and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

Petronila Creek and San Fernando Creek watersheds encompass portions of Kleberg, Duval, Jim Wells and Nueces counties. Both creeks flow into Baffin Bay and are part of the greater Baffin Bay watershed. Baffin Bay is well known for its recreational value, especially fishing. In order to maintain and protect these values, proactive measures are being taken by locals to address water quality problems that have arisen.

The goal is for participants to better understand and relate to riparian and watershed processes, the benefits that healthy riparian areas provide, and the tools that can be employed to prevent and/or resolve degradation and improve water quality. At the conclusion of the training, participants will receive a certificate of completion.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) Available:

  • Texas Department of Agriculture Pesticide Applicators License – 3 CEUs
  • Texas Water Resources Institute – 1 CEU
  • Texas Nutrient Management Planning Specialists – 6 hours
  • Texas Floodplain Management Association – 7 CECs
  • Texas Forestry Association – 6 hours
  • Society of American Foresters – 4 hours
  • Certified Crop Advisor – 7 CEUs (Nutrient Mgmt: 1, Soil & Water: 1.5, IPM: 1.5, Crop Mgmt: 2.5, Manure Mgmt: 0.5)
  • Texas Board of Architectural Examiners “Acceptable for HSW credit”
  • The program may also be used for CEUs for Professional Engineers.
  • Check with your Chapter for Master Naturalist and Master Gardener to see if it is approved for your area.

RSVP is required by November 1, 2019. RSVP through the online form or by email to clare.entwistle@ag.tamu.edu. This workshop is free because the program is funded through a Clean Water Act grant provided by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

A catered lunch is available or participants may select to bring their own lunch. Please make sure to choose your lunch option during the RSVP process.

Dress is casual and comfortable for the weather as we will be outside along the river during the afternoon. For more information or questions, please contact Clare Entwistle at 210-277-0292 x205 or clare.entwistle@ag.tamu.edu

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The riparian education program is managed by the Texas Water Resources Institute, part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research AgriLife Extension and the College at Texas A&M University.

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