Natural Resources Training Program About Schedule Courses Conferences Instructors Subscribe Resources & Contact Riparian and Stream Ecosystems – Lower San Antonio River Watershed December 7, 2016 8:45 am – 4:30 pm FlyerAgendaTX Gulf Coast Stream and Wetland Initiative Kenedy City Auditorium 303 W. Main Street Kenedy, TX 78119 (map) This workshop is being co-hosted by the San Antonio River Authority, The AgriLife Extension Office in Karnes County, and the Texas Water Resources Institute. The training will focus on the nature and function of stream and riparian zones and the benefits and direct impacts from healthy riparian zones. The riparian education programs 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. Sediment is the #1 pollutant in our nation’s waters, and much of that sediment comes from erosion. An innovative and large-scale effort to improve the water quality, water quantity, and soil health throughout the 54 county area of the Texas Gulf Coast has begun titled The TX Gulf Coast Stream and Wetland Initiative. The San Antonio River Authority has partnered with the Resource Institute to provide match for this initiative within its four county jurisdiction (Bexar, Wilson, Karnes, and Goliad). A full description of this initiative is provided in the link above. These one-day trainings in watersheds across the state include both indoor classroom presentations and outdoor stream walks. 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 Available Texas Department of Agriculture Pesticide Applicators License - 3 CEUs Texas Water Resources Institute - 1 CEU Texas Nutrient Management Planning Specialists - 6 hours Texas Floodplain Management Association – 7 CECs Texas Forestry Association – 6 hours Society of American Foresters – 4 hours Certified Crop Advisor- 7 CEUs (Nutrient Mgmt: 1, Soil & Water: 1.5, IPM: 1.5, Crop Mgmt: 2.5, Manure Mgmt: 0.5) (NEW) Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying – 7 hours (NEW) 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 November 30, 2016. RSVP online at the link above by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to Nikki Dictson, 1500 Research Pkwy, Ste 110, College Station, TX 77843-2260. San Antonio River Authority is providing a catered boxed lunch to participants. Participants may also select to bring their own lunch. Dress is casual and comfortable for the weather as we will be outside at the stream during the afternoon. For more information or questions please contact Nikki Dictson at 979-458-5915 or email@example.com. Please join our listserv or like us on Facebook for more information on future programs! The riparian education program is managed by the Texas Water Resources Institute, part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, AgriLife Extension and theCollege of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University. It is funded through a Clean Water Act grant provided by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.