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Watershed Protection Plan Projects

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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.

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.

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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.