The Eagle Mountain lake watershed. Residents living near the Eagle Mountain Lake watershed will be able to learn how to protect the stream and riparian ecosystems at a May 14 Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Program workshop in Azle.
Residents living near the Eagle Mountain Lake watershed will learn how to protect the stream and riparian ecosystems at a Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Program workshop in Azle on May 14. (Alexander Neal/Texas Water Resources Institute)

The Texas Water Resources Institute, TWRI, will host a free Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Program on May 14 in Azle.

The workshop will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Azle Memorial Library, 333 W. Main St. The morning session will be held at the library and the afternoon session will include a walk and presentations along Ash Creek.

Cohosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas Riparian Association and TWRI, the workshop serves residents who are interested in land and water stewardship in the Eagle Mountain Lake watershed.

All attendees must RSVP by May 7 online at or by email to [email protected].

The importance of community involvement

“Riparian education workshops motivate informed landowners and local residents to adopt and support practices to better manage riparian and stream ecosystems,” said Alexander Neal, TWRI program specialist, Bryan-College Station. “Not only are water quality and quantity directly benefited by the proper management, protection and restoration of these critical areas, but also enhanced are the soundness of stream banks, fish communities and aquatic habitats, just to name a few.”

The Eagle Mountain watershed is the focus of water quality improvement efforts by stakeholders.

“Stakeholders recognize successful water quality improvement requires implementing a variety of management strategies,” said Katie Myers, rural programs coordinator, Tarrant Regional Water District, Fort Worth. “The riparian and stream workshop is an educational event supporting this effort.”

Workshop will focus on function, economic benefits of riparian ecosystems

Neal said the workshop will focus on the nature and function of stream and riparian zones as well as the benefits and economic impacts from properly functioning riparian systems.

“Riparian areas – the green vegetated land areas adjacent to the bank of a stream, creek, bayou, river or lake – are unique and important ecosystems that provide many benefits including habitat and forage,” Neal said. “The goal of the workshop is for participants to better understand riparian and watershed processes, the benefits of healthy riparian areas and what resources are available to prevent degradation while improving water quality.”

Riparian and stream ecosystem workshop agenda

Presentations will be given by representatives of TWRI, the Tarrant Regional Water District, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, AgriLife Extension, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas A&M Forest Service and the Texas Riparian Association.

The program will include a lunchtime presentation with a catered lunch being offered for $15 or participants can opt to bring their own lunches.

Neal said they are able to offer the workshop without cost thanks to program funding provided through a Clean Water Act Section 319(h) nonpoint source grant from the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Ricky Linex, retired wildlife biologist, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Weatherford, said participants will receive a certificate of completion and appropriate continuing education unit certificates at the conclusion of the training.

Continuing education credits offered

The workshop offers many types of continuing education units, including three units — two general and one integrated pest management — for Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide license holders. Foresters and professional loggers can receive six hours from the Texas Forestry Association, six and a half hours from the Society of American Foresters, and eight hours from the International Society of Arboriculture.

It offers seven credits from Texas Floodplain Management Association, seven hours for certified crop advisers, and six hours for Texas nutrient management planning specialists. The program may also be used for continuing education units for professional engineers and architects.

The riparian education program is managed by TWRI, a unit of Texas A&M AgriLife Research that brings together expertise from across the Texas A&M University System.

For more information, contact Neal, visit or

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