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Addressing Agricultural NPS Pollution in the Arroyo Colorado Watershed through Continuing Education of Best Management Practices

Project Goals/Objectives:
  • Develop materials needed to educate agricultural producers focused on technical and financial information of best management practices (BMPs)
  • Deliver a focused education program on irrigation techniques and specifics to agricultural producers to increase adoption of BMPs

Continuation of the LCRA Creekside Soil and Water Conservation Program

Project Goals/Objectives: To protect the Texas Lower Colorado River watershed by providing education, technical assistance, and financial incentives to landowners through LCRA’s Creekside Conservation Program.

Continued Restoration of Coastal Prairie Wetland at Sheldon Lake State Park

Project Goals/Objectives: The overall objectives of this project are to:
  • Support implementation of the Galveston Bay Plan by restoring 57.2 acres of coastal prairie wetlands at Sheldon Lake State Park
  • Utilize innovative BMPs to demonstrate cost-efficient water quality abatement through wetland restoration

Continued Statewide Delivery of the Lone Star Healthy Streams Program

The unified Lone Star Healthy Streams (LSHS) Program will bring the amassed body of work together under the umbrella of the Lone Star Healthy Streams Program and provide a coordinated and comprehensive education program designed to increase awareness of the bacteria issues associated with grazing and dairy cattle, poultry, horses, and feral hogs; and encourage voluntary implementation of BMPs to reduce the runoff of bacteria which will ultimately lead to improved water quality.

Continued Statewide Delivery of the Texas Well Owner Network

Project Goals/Objectives: This project will continue statewide implementation of the TWON program. Watersheds and aquifers will be selected in collaboration with the TSSWCB and with input from other interested groups including groundwater conservation districts (GCDs), County Extension Agents (CEAs), river authorities and Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs). Many of the watersheds and aquifers selected are described in the Texas NPS Management Program or identified as impaired in the 2012 Texas Integrated Report.

Coordinating Facilitation and Implementation of the Attoyac Bayou Watershed Protection Plan and Monitoring Implementation Effectiveness

The watershed coordinator will also focus on facilitating and supporting effective implementation of the WPP. This will be accomplished by continuing to work with watershed stakeholders to identify specific implementation needs across the watershed. Support will also be provided to assist stakeholders acquire the needed funds to implement the plan. Maintaining contact with parties implementing aspects of the WPP and documenting implementation success will also be critical. This successful implementation of the plan will also be relayed to watershed stakeholders and agencies alike.

Coordinating Implementation of the Cedar Bayou Watershed Protection Plan

Project Goals/Objectives: Project Goals include: 1) Facilitating ongoing stakeholder involvement and participation in the Cedar Bayou Watershed Partnership (CBWP), 2) Coordinating implementation efforts by watershed partners, 3) Continuing evaluation of water quality data, 4) Supporting and facilitating the CBWP in identifying management measures to improve water quality, developing proposals to acquire funding for implementation of management measures, managing and tracking implementation projects as well as encouraging adoption of best management practices, 5) evaluating

Coordinating Implementation of the Lampasas River Watershed Protection Plan

Project Goals/Objectives: This project will coordinate assistance to the Lampasas River Watershed Partnership through regular stakeholder meetings to encourage citizen participation, provide partners with updates on progress, and seek stakeholder input and recommendations on needed activities. Water resources and related environmental outreach and educational workshops will be conducted across the watershed.

Coordinating Implementation of the Lower Nueces River Watershed Protection Plan

Project Goals/Objectives: Through a local presence in the watershed, the NRA, as watershed coordinator, will serve as the primary conduit for interaction with landowners, citizens, and entities to facilitate the implementation of the WPP. NRA will coordinate meetings with the NRWP Steering Committee and Work Groups to update them, seek their input and recommendations on needed activities, and continue to support and facilitate implementation efforts of the plan.

Coordinating Implementation of the Upper Llano Watershed Protection Plan

Project Goals/Objectives: Through a local presence in Upper Llano watershed (see map below), the watershed coordinator will serve as the primary conduit for interaction with landowners, citizens, and entities to facilitate the implementation of the WPP. The watershed coordinator will coordinate meetings with the Upper Llano WCC and stakeholders, to update them, seek their input and recommendations on needed activities, and continue to support and facilitate implementation efforts of the plan.

Development of a Watershed Protection Plan for Mid and Lower Cibolo Creek

Project Goals/Objectives: Project Goals include: 1) Develop local watershed committee to solicit input and encourage participation of local stakeholders; 2) Complete assessment of pollutants by reviewing existing water quality data, conducting an inventory of point and nonpoint sources, land use data and known stressors influencing water quality; 3) Conduct water quality monitoring, analyze data, assess loadings and determine origin and distribution; 4) Develop watershed protection plan, establishing goals and objectives, load allocations, strategies and timetables for impl

Development of the Mill Creek Watershed Protection Plan

Project Background: Mill Creek (Segment 1202K) is a 256,000-acre watershed in the Brazos River Basin that is identified as imparied on the 2012 303(d) list due to bacteria contamination. Data used for the 2012 Integrated Report were 25 samples taken during the 7-year period between December 2003 and November 2010. The geometric mean of these data for E. coli bacteria was 177 colony forming units  per 100 milliliters (cfu/100 mL.), which exceeds the state standard of 126 cfu/100 mL.

Development of the Upper Llano River Watershed Protection Plan

Project Goals/Objectives: Implement EPA’s Healthy Watersheds Initiative by developing a Watershed Protection Plan (WPP) for the Upper Llano River watershed through 1) empowering local stakeholders, 2) characterizing historical and current water quality conditions, 3) analyzing watershed data using models, and 4) increasing education among the targeted audience.

Enhancing Feral Hog Management Through Statewide Implementation of Lone Star Healthy Streams

Project Goals/ Description: This project will enhance statewide implementation of feral hog mangement education by conducting watershed-based trainings in selected watersheds initiated by TSSWCB project 12-06, Statewide Delivery of Lonestar Healthy Streams Feral Hog Component and Providing Technical Assistance on Feral Hog Management in Priority Watersheds. The goals of this project include the following:

Implementation of the Leon River Water Protection Plan through Technical and Financial Assistance to Repair or Replace Failing On-Site Sewage Facilities in Hamilton County

Project Goals/Objectives: 1) Identify and inspect on-site sewage facilities (OSSFs); 2) Promote the availability of technical and financial assistance to homeowners; 3) Provide technical and financial assistance to homeowners for the repair, replacement, or removal of OSSFs; 4)Educate the homeowners on proper OSSF maintenance

Implementation of the Mill Creek Watershed Protection Plan

Project Goals/Objectives: Extension will continue to facilitate the Mill Creek Watershed Partnership through coordination with all key stakeholder groups and partner agencies. This will include organizing and conducting quarterly public meetings with the Partnership Steering Committee, as well as other planning and implementation meetings, as necessary and appropriate.

Implementing Agricultural Nonpoint Source Components of the Attoyac Bayou Watershed Protection Plan

Project Goals/Objectives: As identified during development of the WPP, nonpoint agricultural sources of pollutant loading may be addressed by implementing BMPs on agricultural operations. Agricultural producers, along with SWCDs, TSSWCB and NRCS, have been collaborating to protect the natural resources in Texas for decades.

Implementing Agricultural Nonpoint Source Components of the Cedar Bayou and Double Bayou Watershed Protection Plan

Project Goals/Objectives: This project will provide agricultural producers in the Cedar Bayou and Double Bayou  watersheds with an opportunity to participate in water quality educational activities and receive technical and financial assistance for the development of Water Quality Management Plans (WQMPs) and implementation of best management practices (BMPs).This project provides funding to support implementation of recommended agricultural management measures identified for action in the WPPs during the first 3 years of the 10- year implementation schedu

Implementing Agricultural Nonpoint Source Components of the Geronimo and Alligator Creeks Watershed Protection Plan

Project Goals/Objectives:This project will provide agricultural producers in the Geronimo and Alligator Creeks watershed with an opportunity to participate in water quality educational activities and receive technical and financial assistance for the development of Water Quality Management Plans (WQMPs) and implementation of best management practices (BMPs).This project provides funding to support implementation of recommended agricultural management measures identified for action in the WPP during the first 3 years of the 10- year implementation schedule.

Implementing Agricultural Nonpoint Source Components of the Lampasas River Watershed Protection Plan

Project Goals/Objectives: Foster coordinated technical assistance activities in the Lampasas River watershed; Provide technical assistance to landowners to aid in the development and implementation of Water Quality Management Plans (WQMPs);

For more information about the Lampasas River Watershed Protection Plan please visit http://www.lampasasriver.org/

Project Location: Lampasas River Watershed in Bell, Burnet, Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, Mills, and Williamson Counties

Implementing Agricultural Nonpoint Source Components of the Leon Watershed Protection Plan

Project Goals/Objectives: Foster coordinated technical assistance activities in the Leon River watershed; Provide technical assistance to landowners to aid in the development and implementation of Water Quality Management Plans (WQMPs)

Implementing Agricultural Nonpoint Source Components of the Mill Creek Watershed Protection Plan

Project Goals/Objectives: This project will provide agricultural producers in the Mill Creek watershed with an opportunity to participate in water quality educational activities and receive technical and financial assistance for the development of Water Quality Management Plans (WQMPs) and implementation of best management practices (BMPs).This project provides funding to support implementation of recommended agricultural management measures identified for action in the WPP during the first 3 years of the 10- year implementation schedule.

Implementing Agricultural Nonpoint Source Components of the Plum Creek Watershed Protection Plan

Project Goals/Objectives: This project will provide agricultural producers in the Plum Creek watershed with an opportunity to participate in water quality educational activities and receive technical and financial assistance for the development of Water Quality Management Plans (WQMPs) and implementation of best management practices (BMPs). It will also provide education on feral hog management strategies and track feral hog management activities conductedby landowners.

Implementing Best Management Practices to Reduce Agricultural Nonpoint Source Pollution in Support of the Arroyo Colorado WPP

Project Background: The Arroyo Colorado Watershed is located in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas and flows through the middle of Hidalgo and Cameron counties. The lower 16 miles of the Arroyo Colorado is the boundary between Cameron and Willacy counties. The Arroyo Colorado drainage area is a subwatershed of the Nueces-Rio Grande Coastal Basin, also known as the Lower Laguna Madre Watershed.

Improving Runoff Water Quality from Small Pork Production Facilities Using Vegetative Treatment Areas

Project Goals/Objectives: The goal of this project is to continue to evaluate VTA effectiveness at small pork operations and transfer findings to natural resource agencies and pork producers. 

Project Location: Big Elm Creek in Bell County, Wickson Creek in Brazos County, Little Brazos River in Robertson County

Project Costs: State Funds ($28,697)

Investigation into Contributions of Nitrate-Nitrogen to Plum Creek, Geronimo Creek and the Underlying Leona Aquifer

Project Goals/Objectives: This project will analyze groundwater from the Leona Aquifer and surface water from Plum Creek and Geronimo Creek for nitrate-nitrogen and its isotopes of nitrgoen and oxygen to determine possible sources of nitrate-nitrogen, i.e.human, animal or fertillzer. Through this project there will be an increase in understanding of the interaction between surface water and underlying groundwater and evaluate strategies and practices for reducing nitrate levels in the surface water and groundwater.

LCRA Creekside Conservation and Land Stewardship Program

Project Goals/Objectives: To protect the Texas Lower Colorado River watershed by providing education, technical assistance, and financial incentives to landowners through LCRA’s

Lesser Prairie Chicken Initiative

The Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are working together in an effort with agricultural producers to accelerate the development of conservation plans and adoption of conservation practices in the Lesser Prairie Chicken (LPC) range. The Lesser Prairie Chicken is a grassland-nesting bird found in mixed grass, sand sage, and shinnery oak prairies of western Kansas, southeast Colorado, northwest Oklahoma, the northeastern Texas Panhandle, and the southwestern Texas South Plains, and eastern New Mexico.

Provide Silvicultural Educational Programs and Technical Assistance to Promote BMP Implementation

Project Goals/Objectives:  The major goals of this project is to protect and improve water quality in Texas.  The extensive education, training, and outreach components of this project will lead to an increase in forestry BMP implementation, as well as preventing unnecessary erosion and sedimentation from occurring.  Another goal is to provide technical assistance to the forestry community on emerging issues – biomass, urban forestry, and land stewardship in Central Texas.  Lastly, effectively coordinating project efforts with Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs),

Recreational Use Attainability Analysis for One Segment in the Red River Basin and One Waterbody in the Sabine River Basin

Project Goals/Objectives: This project will collect data to evaluate factors affecting attainment of recreational use in Lower Prairie Dog Town Fork Red River (0207)  and Little Cypress Bayou (0501B). Possible sources of bacteria will be assessed by developing a comprehensive GIS inventory, evaluating historical water quality data, and conducting a watershed source survey. To ensure decision-making is founded on local input and that watershed action is successful, public participation and stakeholder interaction will be a critical component of this project.

Recreational Use Attainability Analysis for One Waterbody in the Sulphur River Basin and One Waterbody in the Cyress Creek River Basin

Project Goals/Objectives: This project will collect data to evaluate factors affecting attainment of recreational use in White Oak Creek (0303B) and South Lilly (0409B). Possible sources of bacteria will be assessed by developing a comprehensive GIS inventory, evaluating historical water quality data, and conducting a watershed source survey. To ensure decision-making is founded on local input and that watershed action is successful, public participation and stakeholder interaction will be a critical component of this project

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.

Statewide Delivery of the Lone Star Healthy Streams Program

 The unified LSHS Program will bring the amassed body of work together under the umbrella of the Lone Star Healthy Streams Program and provide a coordinated and comprehensive education program designed to increase awareness of the bacteria issues associated with grazing and dairy cattle, poultry, horses, and feral hogs; and encourage voluntary implementation of BMPs to reduce the runoff of bacteria which will ultimately lead to improved water quality.

Surface Water Quality Monitoring to Support Implementation of the Plum Creek Watershed Protection Plan

Project Goals/ Objectives: Through this project GBRA will continue to support the implementation of the Plum Creek Watershed Protection Plan by collecting water quality data of known and acceptable quality for use in evaluating the effectiveness of BMPs, and in assessing water quality improvement and progress in achieving restoration.

Surface Water Quality Monitoring to Support the Implementation of the Lampasas River Watershed Protection Plan

Project Goals/Objectives: The goals of this project are one, generate data of known and acceptable quality for surface water quality monitoring of mainstem and tributary stations on the Lampasas River. Two, support the implementation of the Lampasas River WPP by collecting water quality data for use in evaluating the effectiveness of BMPs and in assessing water quality improvement.

Texas Bacterial Source Tracking Program FY16–FY17

Project Goals and Objectives: Bacteria are the number one cause of water quality impairment in Texas. Bacterial Source Tracking (BST) is a valuable tool for identifying human and animal sources of fecal pollution to support development of watershed plans, TMDLs, and other strategies for addressing these impairments. Comprehensive BST has been completed by UTSPH EP and Texas A&M AgriLife SCSC in numerous watersheds throughout Texas with support provided by the TSSWCB. As a result of these joint efforts over the last decade, the Texas E.