Learning How Rivers Work and Why Bulldozing Wild Buffalo Bayou Won’t Work

September 17, 2014

If more city people understood how rivers work, they would know why our wild Buffalo Bayou should be left alone in and around Memorial Park and why the project to bulldoze it is pointless, wrong, and won’t work.

Interested in learning about the living process of a stream and the importance of riparian zones? Want to find out more about proper land use and management to protect riverfront property against erosion?

Save Buffalo Bayou is developing an educational program about urban riparian areas. But the basic principles are the same for streams in the city and in the country, and for now you can learn from an expert at Texas A&M.

The Texas Riparian Association is holding a Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Workshop on September 24, 2014, from 8 am to 4 pm at Whites Park Community Center, 219 White Memorial Park Road in Hankamer near Anahuac, about an hour east of Houston.

Nikki Dictson, program specialist with the Texas Water Resources Institute/ Institute of Renewable Natural Resources and president of the Texas Riparian Association, is leading the free workshop, which is co-hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Chambers County and the Double Bayou Watershed Partnership.

Training will focus on the nature and function of stream and riparian zones and their benefits and direct economic impacts. The riparian education program covers an introduction to riparian principles, watershed processes, basic hydrology, erosion/deposition principles, and riparian vegetation, as well as potential causes of degradation and possible resulting impairment(s), and available local resources including technical assistance and tools that can be employed to prevent and/or resolve degradation.

These one-day trainings in watersheds across the state include both indoor classroom presentations and outdoor stream walks. For more information or questions, contact Nikki Dictson at 979-458-5915 or n-dictson@tamu.edu and visit http://texasriparian.org.

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