Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Training – Plum Creek Watershed
October 15, 2019
8 AM – 4 PM
Lockhart State Park
2012 State Park Rd
Lockhart, TX 78644 (map)
This workshop is being co-hosted by the Plum Creek Watershed Partnership, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Caldwell 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.
Plum Creek is a 52-mile stream that begins in Hays County and flows southeast through Caldwell County before meeting the San Marcos River. Plum Creek is located in a quickly developing area, which increases stress on the watershed. A watershed protection plan was developed in 2005 and accepted by EPA in 2008 to address high bacteria loads and nutrient concentrations in the creek.
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, U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, Texas A&M Natural Resource Institute and AgriLife Extension.
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 Professional Land Surveying – 7 hours
- 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 October 11, 2019. RSVP online or by email to email@example.com. 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 for participants for $10 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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