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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.


According to the 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 more pollutants, such as fecal bacteria and excess nutrients; less dissolved oxygen; and less abundant plant and animal life 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) will offer professional-level training programs on restoration of streams and riparian areas in several major urban centers of Texas. Day-long workshops will provide classroom instruction and field demonstration of restoration methods tailored to address any local water quality impairments (failures to meet Water Quality Standards). TWRI will also conduct a demonstration project involving stream and riparian restoration in an eroding portion of an impaired stream. It will monitor 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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