Ecosystem workshop set
The Texas Water Resources Institute's Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Program will host a workshop from 8 am to 4 pm, Tuesday, May 13, in Kerrville for area residents interested in land and water stewardship in the Upper Guadalupe watershed.
The free workshop is co-hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Kerr County and the Upper Guadalupe River Authority.
The morning session will be held at the Upper Guadalupe River Authority Lecture Hall, 125 Lehmann Drive, in Kerrville, and the afternoon session will include an outdoor stream walk along the river.
"The goal of this project is to keep recreation safe in this segment of the river by reducing bacteria levels," said Tara Bushnoe, Upper Guadalupe River Authority natural resources coordinator. Water quality testing conducted prior to 2011 indicated concentrations of bacteria are sometimes too high in a segment of the Guadalupe River above Canyon Lake, she said.
"The adopted total maximum daily load and the approved implementation plan together are the roadmap to improving water quality in the river," Bushnoe said. "High concentrations of fecal bacteria, naturally found in both human and animal waste, may indicate a health risk to people who swim or wade in the river."
"The workshop training will focus on the nature and function of stream and riparian zones as well as the benefits and economic impacts from proper functioning riparian systems," said Nikki Dictson, Texas Water Resources Institute AgriLife Extension program specialist and coordinator of the program.
A riparian zone is the land area adjacent to the bank of a stream, creek or river.
Dictson said workshop topics will include riparian and watershed management principles, water quality, riparian vegetation, hindrances to healthy riparian areas, stream processes, management practices and local resources.
An RSVP is required for the workshop and the free catered lunch sponsored by the Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust. Attendees may also elect to bring their own lunch, as the program includes a lunchtime presentation.
Participants must RSVP by May 8 to Dictson at 979-458-5915 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or online at http://texasriparian.org/trainings/upcoming-training-locations/.
Roy Walston, AgriLife Extension agent for Kerr County, said participants would receive a certificate of completion and appropriate continuing education unit certificates at the conclusion of the training.
For more information, contact Dictson or visit http://texasriparian.org.