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Statewide Delivery of Riparian and Ecosystem Education Program

Project Goals/Objectives: Riparian degradation is a major threat to water quality, in-stream habitat, terrestrial wildlife, aquatic species, and overall stream health. The State of Texas has more than 200,000 miles of rivers and streams that, along with closely associated floodplain and upland areas, comprise corridors of great economic, social, cultural, and environmental value. These riparian corridors are complex ecosystems that include the land, plants, animals, and network of streams within them. They perform a number of ecological functions such as modulating streamflow, storing water, removing harmful materials from water, and providing habitat for aquatic and terrestrial plants and animals. Simply put, the health of riparian systems is paramount to stream health.

Project Location: Statewide

Project Costs: Federal ($400,00); Non Federal Match ($266,671); Total Project: ($666,671)

Project Participant(s): Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB), Texas Water Resources Institute/Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources (TWRI/IRNR), Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS), Texas A&M AgriLife Research – Ecosystem Science and Management Dept. (ESSM), Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), Nueces River Authority (NRA), USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Texas Riparian Association (TRA), Texas Tech University Llano River Field Station (TTU-LRFS)

Project Website: http://texasriparian.org/

Project Workplan: 15-04

"Protecting and Enhancing Natural Resources since 1939."

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