Abstract: Session E  1:55 pm (Back to Session E)
Takeaways from the Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Program and Urban Riparian and Stream Restoration Program

Clare Entwistle
Texas Water Resources Institute
San Antonio, TX

Authors: Entwistle C., N. Dictson, F. Jaber, S. Nelle, S. Lewey, H. Simpson, W. Gibson and T.A. Berthold.

Two trainings in Texas are geared towards protecting and restoring stream and riparian systems in priority watersheds across Texas. The Texas Stream and Riparian Ecosystem Program has been educating riparian landowners on fluvial geomorphology, riparian vegetation, and land stewardship for the past 6 years. Evaluations given out after the workshop and then 6-month later have shown increases in adoption of best management practices and economic savings for landowners. The Urban Riparian and Stream Restoration Program began in 2017 and is geared toward professionals interested in stream restoration projects. This program focuses on natural stream restoration and surveying techniques to evaluate restoration projects. The goal is to improve Texas stream and riparian areas through educating private landowners and professionals, as well as connecting interested parties to financial and technical assistance. A summary of both programs, techniques, and training course evaluations conducted to date will be discussed.