Education and Awareness of Riparian Zones

“For every complex problem, there is a solution
that is simple, neat and wrong.”
— H. L. Menken

Lifestyle Change

Your Remarkable Riparian Owner's Manuel

"A common-sense approach to managing riparian areas-special places that need preferential treatment." 


Texas Riparian Listserv

The Riparian Listserv was created to encourage the exchange of information on riparian issues among the citizens of Texas. You do not need to be a member of TRA to subscribe. Notices about recent riparian research, conferences, training, and activities are posted daily. The list is a moderated list and all submissions will require administrative approval before being posted to the List.


Managing Riparian Habitats For Wildlife

In addition to their aesthetic and economic value, riparian areas perform key ecological functions.

Innovations in Market Based Watershed conservation

Payment for Watershed Services for Agricultural and Forest Landowner

Payment for Ecosystem Services

This primer is designed to provide you with a solid understanding of what Payments for Ecosystem Service (PES) are and how PES deals work. It is intended for an audience interested in exploring the potential of PES — either as prospective PES sellers themselves or as staff of organizations that work directly with communities or landowners who may be interested in PES.

Streamside Management in Hill Country

This workbook is for use in the field. It will help you learn the basics of evaluating the riparian health of a stream or small river system. Riparian health assessment requires instruction and practice; both should be easier with the use of this workbook. 

Thinking Like a Creek

"During my travels, I heard a story about a man who had put short fences across a cattle trail in the sandy bottom of a canyon in Navajo country. This forced the cattle to meander in an S-pattern as they walked, encouraging stormwater to meander too and thus slowing erosion. I thought this idea was wonderfully heretical.. .. (read more).



By: University of Maryland  |  October 2017

Guidance for Local Governments.


What do native plants and grasses do for our riparian buffers?

Riparian and Watershed Management Practices. Presented by Steve Nelle at the Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Workshop for the Plum Creek Watershed on June 25, 2013 in Lockhart, Texas. Visit for more information.

Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Workshop for the Plum Creek Watershed- on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 in Lockhart, Texas
Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Workshop for the Plum Creek Watershed- on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 in Lockhart, Texas
April 2012 Wildlife for Lunch webinar presented by Sky Jones-Lewey.

Recovery after the 2015 Memorial Day weekend flood. 15 inches of rain in 48 hours fell onto the headwaters of the Blanco River. Uploaded by Hill Country Alliance.

The videos in this section below are a Riparian Mini-Module video lecture series developed by the Nueces River Authority.

Debunking commonly held myths that can get in the way of good management on our creeks and rivers.

Learn the definition of riparian and how to recognize a functioning riparian area.

Take a look at the many ways humans value their creeks and rivers and how riparian function produces these values.

Lear more on how a river works.

Learn the interaction between soil and water in riparian areas and how channel deargation occurs when these are out of balance.

This lesson focuses on the importance of vegetation to riparian function

We'll see how to identify the hindrances to riparian function and recovery.

    We'll see how a perfectly functioning riparian landscape can easily "loved to death," and what it takes for recovery to happen and functionality to return.



    Educational Links

    Wetland Plants for Central Texas

    Central Texas native plants that work well in riparian and other wetland areas.


    Nelle’s Riparian Notes

    Steve Nelle is retired from the Natural Resources Conservation Service where his career spanned 28 years as a range conservationist, district conservationist, wildlife biologist and zone biologist. Steve often engages as an advisor, teacher and leader in spreading riparian understanding.

    Managing Riparian Habitats For Wildlife

    In addition to their aesthetic and economic value, riparian areas perform key ecological functions.


    Riparian Function for Water Quality

    Riparian proper functioning condition assessment to improve watershed management for water quality

    Managing Riparian Roads

    Management objectives change as soil properties, such as climate, elevation, steepness, and aspect, change.

    The Thirsty Tree

    Confronting Invasive Salt Cedar in the American Southwest

    Monitoring the Vegetation Resources in Riparian Areas

    Until the mid 1970’s only minimal effort had been directed at monitoring the vegetation resources in riparian areas. Since that time considerable attention and research have been directed toward gaining a better understanding of the vegetation on these areas. This increased attention has been due mainly to recognition of the important sociological and economic values these areas provide to society in general.

    Climate Change Riparian Restoration

    Why climate change makes riparian restoration more important than Ever. Recommendations for practice and research

    Hydraulic Considerations for Pipelines Crossing Stream Channels

    High flow events have the potential to damage pipelines that cross stream channels, possibly contaminating runoff. A hydrologic analysis conducted during the design of the pipeline can help determine proper placement.

    A Scientific Assessment of the Effectiveness of Riparian Management Practices

    This chapter evaluates the ecological effectiveness of the major purposes and expected benefits of 21 riparian management practices as described in the US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA NRCS), National Conservation Practice Guidelines.

    Streamside Management in Hill Country

    This workbook is for livestock producers, landowners, land/resource managers and others who want to learn to judge riparian health. Community groups, municipalities, counties and watershed groups will find this workbook helpful in understanding the procedures of riparian health assessment and to interpret the results of watershed level inventories.

    Riparian Restoration on Farms and Ranches in Texas

    The state of Texas has 191,000 miles of natural waterways with riparian areas— the green vegetation zones along streams, rivers and lakes—that collectively provide great economic, social, cultural and environmental value to the state.