Texas Riparian & Stream Ecosystem Online Training - San Antonio Area Watersheds

Texas Riparian & Stream Ecosystem Online Training - San Antonio Area Watersheds
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Riparian and Stream Ecosystems – San Antonio Area Watersheds

December 8, 2020
10:00 am – 12:00 pm (Virtual)

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This two-part online workshop will feature a virtual training on the nature and function of stream and riparian zones and their benefits to be viewed at the participants’ leisure before the December 8th virtual meeting. The December 8th meeting will include a discussion with course instructors and local watershed coordinators. The online education 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. This event is being co-hosted by the San Antonio River Authority, the AgriLife Extension Office in Bexar County, the Texas Riparian Association, and the Texas Water Resources Institute.

This virtual training will be made available to registrants two weeks prior to the virtual meeting on December 8, 2020. This will allow participants to listen to the course at their own schedule. After finishing the course, join us on December 8th from 10 a.m. to noon to hear about local watershed activities and engage in a discussion with the course instructors. 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.

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
  • Society of American Foresters – 8.5 hours Cat. 1
  • Certified Crop Advisor- 7 CEUs (Nutrient Mgmt: 1, Soil & Water: 2.5, IPM: 1.5, Crop Mgmt: 1, Sustainability: 1)
  • 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 December 1, 2020. RSVP online through the online form above or by email to clare.entwistle@ag.tamu.edu. This free workshop is made possible through a Clean Water Act grant provided by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

For more information or questions, please contact Clare Escamilla 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 ResearchAgriLife Extension and the College at Texas A&M University.

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