Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Training - Mid and Lower Cibolo Creek Watershed

Mar 8, 2018 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Bexar Bowling Alley & Social Hall, 15681 Bexar Bowling, Marion, TX 78214

This workshop is being co-hosted by the San Antonio River Authority, The AgriLife Extension Office in Guadalupe 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.

In 2004, and still in 2014, the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) listed the Lower Cibolo Creek as an impaired water body due to elevated levels of E. coli bacteria. Several other water quality concerns are present in the Mid and Lower Cibolo Creek watershed including low levels of depressed dissolved oxygen and excessive nutrients.

These one-day trainings in watersheds across the state include both indoor classroom presentations and outdoor stream walks. Instructors are experts from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Texas A&M Forest Service, and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

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 – 6 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 Mar. 5, 2018. RSVP online through the online form below or by email to This workshop is free because the program is funded through a Clean Water Act grant provided by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

A catered lunch is available for participants for $10 or participants may select to bring their own lunch. Please make sure to choose your lunch option while signing up below. Attendees can pay for lunch by credit card using the online system at TAMU Marketplace or pay in cash at the door the day of the event.

Dress is casual and comfortable for the weather as we will be outside at the creek during the afternoon.

For more information or questions, please contact Clare Entwistle at 210-277-0292 x205 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 Universit

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