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Statewide Urban Riparian and Stream Restoration Training and Demonstration

A project to provide professional-level training on restoring streams and riparian areas in major Texas urban centers, and to demonstrate restoration methods in an eroding section of a creek.

Background

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's most recent assessment, roughly half of the miles of rivers and streams in the United States are in poor condition. The most widespread cause is poor vegetation cover and other physical disturbances in the riparian area bordering the streams. Streams in poor condition commonly have less dissolved oxygen, less abundant plant and animal life, and more pollutants such as fecal bacteria and excess nutrients than healthy streams. These poor conditions often contribute to stream impairments (failures to meet Water Quality Standards).

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Project Description

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) offers professional-level training programs on restoration of streams and riparian areas in several major urban centers of Texas. Day-long workshops provide classroom instruction and field demonstration of restoration methods tailored to address any local water quality impairments (failures to meet Water Quality Standards). TWRI has also conducted a demonstration project involving stream and riparian restoration in an eroding portion of an impaired stream. They are monitoring the health of this stream to evaluate the success of the restoration activities.

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For More Information

To find out more about the NPS Program, call 512-239-6682 or e-mail us at nps@tceq.texas.gov.

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