TR-479 Texas Riparian & Stream Ecosystem Education Program Final Report 2015

Authors: N. Dictson, A. Berthold, C. Entwistle, H. Simpson, S. Lewey

The State of Texas has more than 191,000 miles of rivers and streams that comprise corridors of great economic, social, cultural, and environmental value. Riparian degradation is a major threat to water quality, in-stream habitat, terrestrial wildlife, aquatic species, and overall stream health. The Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Program is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board. The Texas Water Resources Institute coordinated and partnered with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWB), EPA, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, Texas A&M Forest Service, TTU Llano River Field Station, TCEQ, and Texas State University-River Systems Institute to conduct the Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem training project. The project supports the Texas Nonpoint Source Management Program’s goal of protecting and restoring water quality. It provides training to land owners, land managers, water and natural resource professionals, and the general public in impaired watersheds through the help of local partners.