Urban Riparian and Stream Restoration program workshop set for Feb. 21


LEWISVILLE – The Texas Water Resources Institute’s Urban Riparian and Stream Restoration Program will host a workshop from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 21 in Lewisville for professionals interested in conducting stream restoration projects around the Dallas area.

The morning session will be at the Upper Trinity Regional Water District, 900 N. Kealy St. The afternoon session will be outdoors along a river, where attendees will learn stream surveying techniques.

The workshop, a new urban riparian program training, is co-hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Denton County, the Upper Trinity Regional Water District, the North Texas Municipal Water District and Tarrant Regional Water District.

Clare Entwistle, research associate at the institute’s San Antonio office, said attendees must register by Feb. 16.

Registration can be done online at http://bit.ly/2E6m2xh. Cost includes all training materials, lunch and a certificate of completion at the end of the course. Attendees are encouraged to register early as the workshop is limited to 40 people.

“Riparian and stream degradation is a major threat to water quality, in-stream habitat, terrestrial wildlife, aquatic species and overall stream health,” said Dr. Fouad Jaber, AgriLife Extension program specialist art the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas. “Proper management, protection and restoration of these riparian areas will improve water quality, lower in-stream temperatures, improve aquatic habitat and fish community integrity.”

Jaber said the goal of the workshop is for participants to better understand urban stream functions and impacts of development on urban streams. It will also help them recognize healthy versus degraded stream systems, assess and classify a stream using the Bank Erosion Hazard Index, and understand differences between natural and traditional restoration techniques.

Workshop presentations will be given by representatives of the Texas Water Resources Institute and the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas.

Entwistle said the institute is able to offer the workshop through a Clean Water Act nonpoint source grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Participants will receive a certificate of completion and appropriate continuing education unit certificates at the conclusion of the training.

The workshop offers many types of continuing education units. Foresters and professional loggers can receive six hours from the Society of American Foresters. It offers one unit from the Texas Water Resources Institute, seven hours for Certified Crop Advisors, and six hours for Texas Nutrient Management Planning specialists. The program may also be used for continuing education units for professional engineers.

For more information, contact Entwistle at 210-277-2092 ext 205 or clare.entwistle@ag.tamu.edu or visit http://texasriparian.org or go to Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TexasRiparianAssociation.

The urban riparian stream 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.


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