Creek health demands action

A stream of problems with aquatic invasive species was the topic at the Hill Country University Center last Thursday during the final Texas Water Symposium of the 2016-2017 series.

The free symposium — a partnership project of Schreiner University, Texas Tech University, Texas Public Radio and the Hill Country Alliance — considered potential costs of invasive species to native wildlife and infrastructure, approaching threats, and the most effective ways for Hill Country boaters, ranchers and landowners to protect waterways.

“Invasions of non-native plants, animals and parasites are regarded by biologists as a major threat to biological diversity and can have major impacts on water resources and economics,” said Tim Birdsong, ecosystem and assessment chief of inland fisheries of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and moderator of the symposium. “They threaten the survival of native plants and animals, interfere with ecosystems and hybridize with native species.” More from the Fredericksburg Standard