The Texas Water Resources Institute has published the newsletter, Natural Resources Training Courses Update, with a list of scheduled trainings for 2020.
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.
- 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
- 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 2 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, TWRI research associate, 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.
EM-128 Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Training Booklet
Clare Entwistle and Nikki Dictson
The Texas Water Resources Institute is hosting free Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Program workshops Nov. 6 in Bishop and Nov. 13 in Temple for area residents interested in land and water stewardship.