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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.

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.

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.

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

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.