Natural Resources Training Program

Riparian and Stream Ecosystems – Lavon Lake Watershed & Denton County

Due to an overwhelming response of RSVPs, we are almost at our max number of 100 participants for the facility and so any new RSVPs will be put on a waiting list. We will notify individuals on the waiting list as spots open. If the waiting list becomes very long we will look at holding another workshop in the area. We are removing the online lunch payment so that we can better track RSVPs. We appreciate your understanding!

September 13, 2017
8:00 am – 4:00 pm


Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary
1 Nature Place
McKinney, TX 75069 (map)

This workshop is being co-hosted by the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD), Upper Trinity Regional Water District, and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offices in Denton and Collin counties, 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 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.

Lavon Lake is the upper most reservoir on the East Fork of the Trinity River and provides drinking water to over 1.6 million residents in North Texas. The 491,520-acre watershed that drains to Lavon Lake includes parts of Collin, Grayson, Fannin and Hunt counties. In partnership with AgriLife Extension, NTMWD is proactively developing a non-regulatory watershed protection plan to help protect and improve water quality in Lavon Lake. 

Denton County is rapidly transforming from a largely rural county to one with more urban character.  As development continues, several partners in the county are working to preserve high-value watershed areas, particularly along creeks and rivers, with the development of the Denton County Greenbelt Plan. Voluntary in nature, the Greenbelt Plan advocates for a common vision for the protection of greenbelt corridors along creeks, rivers and lakes within the county to protect water quality and enhance the quality of life for residents.

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
  • 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 September 6, 2017. RSVP online through the online form below or by email to A catered lunch including a veggie option is available for $10 or participants may bring their own lunch. Please make sure to choose your lunch option while signing up below. Attendees can pay for lunch with cash at the door.

For more information, questions please contact Nikki Dictson at 979-575-4424 or

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The riparian education program is managed by the Texas Water Resources Institute, part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research AgriLife Extension and the College 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.

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