Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Training – Upper Llano River Watershed
October 23, 2019
8 AM – 4 PM
Texas Tech Llano River Field Station
254 Red Raider Ln,
Junction, TX 76849
This workshop is being co-hosted by the Texas Tech Llano River Field Station, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Kimble 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 program 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.
The Llano River is a clear spring-fed perennial river and major tributary to the Colorado River. The Upper Llano supports several unique plant and animal communities. Because of the importance of protecting and preserving this natural resource, a watershed protection plan was developed by local stakeholders from a 5-county region for the watershed to protect the quantity and quality of the surface water and groundwater in the area.
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 the Bandera County River Authority and Groundwater District.
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 14, 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.
Morning coffee, pastries, fruit and a catered lunch will be provided to participants during the day for $15. We ask that participants pay online with credit card or bring cash to the training to cover food costs. 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.
Read the AgriLife Today news release.
Please join our listserv or like us on Facebook for more information on future programs! The riparian education program is managed by the Texas Water Resources Institute, part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, AgriLife Extension and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University.