Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Free Riparian Management Workshop - May 3, 2012

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The Lampasas Watershed Partnership will host a one-day “Proper Functioning Condition" Riparian workshop on May 3 in Hamilton, TX.

Riparian and wetland areas occur along watercourses or water bodies and occupy the transitional area between the upland and water ecosystems. Typical examples would include floodplains, stream banks and lakeshores.

Participants will learn the basic interaction of Hydrology, Erosion/Deposition, and Vegetation for central Texas creeks and rivers. Among topics to be covered are channels, floodplains, water table, vegetation, base flow, flood flow, sediment and how these things in combination are what make up the Riparian Area. The workshop, which is free and open to the public, consists of classroom and field instruction on the South Lampasas River.

The course primarily will be conducted by U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service personnel.

Three continuing education units will be available to holders of Texas Department of Agriculture private pesticide applicator licenses.

The workshop will be on May 3 at the Texas Game Warden Training Center, 4363 FM 1047, Hamilton, TX. Lunch will be provided for registered participants. The field portion will begin at the Texas Game Warden Training Center and then move down river to the Bettie Sheldon Black Ranch.

There is no fee required to attend these workshops, however, those who wish to attend must RSVP to Lisa Prcin by email or phone by May 1. For more information contact her at 254-774-6008 or lprcin@brc.tamus.edu. A draft workshop agenda is available at www.lampasasriver.org as well as maps to the workshop location.

The Lampasas River Watershed Partnership is a collaborative effort by local stakeholders, AgriLife Research, and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board to address water quality concerns within the Lampasas River watershed through the development of a watershed protection plan.  The Lampasas River watershed encompasses parts of Mills, Hamilton, Lampasas, Coryell, Burnet, Bell and Williamson counties.

Friday, April 20, 2012

New BMP Demonstration on the Jones State Forest

Texas Forest Service recently installed a new stream crossing demonstration on the W. Goodrich Jones State Forest in Conroe. The demonstration is part of the forestry Best Management Practices (BMPs) demo tour that provides an opportunity for the forestry sector to see how properly installed BMPs look and function. The tour currently has 10 demonstration sites.

The crossing utilizes 3 portable bridgemats (4' x 16' x 8') made out of sturdy hardwood cants fastened together with threaded rods. The bridgemat crossing provides reliable access across Mill Set Gully and replaces a failing timber bridge. Bridgemat crossings are a readily-available and proven method of crossing streams and ditches in a ‘low-impact’ manner that protects water quality. They are simple to install, and can be easily removed and transported to another location after an operation is completed.

To learn more about this and other BMP demonstrations stop by the Jones State Forest, or visit our virtual BMP tour.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Post-Fire Erosion Control Measures

On January 13, 2012, the Lost Pines Recovery Team in Bastrop County provided a free educational workshop for landowners affected by the recent wildfires. The topics covered a wide range of subjects, providing information useful to to any landowner impacted by the recent wildfires in Texas (not just those in Bastrop County). The Texas Forest Service Water Resources Program presented information on erosion control measures that landowners can take following wildfire to reduce the risks of soil and water degradation.

The presentations are available online as a standard PDF document, or as a video of the presentations. To access them click on the images below:

To view the PDF documents you will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. The software is available as a free download from the Adobe website. To view the video presentations you will need to have Apple QuickTime. The software is also available as a free download from the Apple website.

Additional information on post-fire erosion control can be found on the Bastrop County disaster recovery/relief website (http://www.co.bastrop.tx.us/bcdisaster/index.php/soilsaerosion).

Sunday, April 1, 2012

BMP Trivia Question

Streamside Management Zones (SMZs) are protective areas maintained on either side of perennial and intermittent streams, extending from the edge of each bank, to protect water quality during forestry operations. Among other things, these areas trap and retain sediments, maintain bank stability, and provide shade to maintain cool water temperatures. According to the BMP Handbook, what are 3 of the 11 Recommended Specifications for the protection and maintenance of SMZs?


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