Texas Riparian & Stream Ecosystem Education Program

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) has partnered with the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB), Texas Riparian Association (TRA), Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS), Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Nueces River Authority (NRA), Texas A&M AgriLife Research and AgriLife Extension, and the Texas Tech University Llano River Field Station (TTU-LRFS) to conduct Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education programs across the state.

Project goals:

  • Facilitate the promotion of healthy watersheds and improve water quality through the delivery of riparian and stream ecosystem education programs with a focus on priority watersheds
  • Increase citizen awareness, understanding and knowledge about the nature and function of riparian zones, their benefits and best management practices (BMPs) to protect them and minimize nonpoint source pollution
  • Connect landowners with local technical and financial resources to improve management and promote healthy watershed and riparian areas on their land

Program tasks:

  • Deliver 24 riparian education programs to participants in prioritized watersheds, typically watersheds with watershed planning or total maximum daily load efforts due to impaired water quality
  • Coordinate two statewide riparian conferences
  • Increase knowledge and understanding of riparian function and implementation of BMPs by individuals participating in the program, as measured by pre-/post-tests and post-follow up evaluation

Clare Entwistle Escamilla

Clare Entwistle Escamilla, TWRI research specialist, provides leadership for various research and extension projects, working with university faculty, state, local and federal governments and stakeholders, to address statewide water related issues.

Nathan Glavy

As program specialist for TWRI, Nathan Glavy works on the development and execution of watershed planning projects and trainings, the watershed coordinator development program, and the water quality and riparian education programs.


    The riparian education program, managed by Texas Water Resources Institute, will be co-hosting free riparian and stream ecosystem trainings in September 2021 with the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas Riparian Association.

    The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Program will host a workshop from 8 a.m-4 p.m. Nov. 9 in Centerville for area residents interested in land and water stewardship, to benefit stream and riparian areas along the Navasota River.

    The Texas Water Resources Institute’s (TWRI) Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Program will host a workshop from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. March 3 in Lampasas for area residents interested in land and water stewardship in the Lampasas River watershed.