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Adaptation of AVGWLF watershed model for use in Texas: Phase I

Project Goals/Objectives: The purpose of this project is to test and modify the AVGWLF watershed model for use in selected areas of Texas and surrounding states: Phase 1

Project Location: Outcomes of this project will impact many stream segments and watersheds in Texas and surrounding states.

Projects Participants: Penn State Institutes of Energy and the Environment

Project Costs: Federal ($122,623); Non-Federal Match ($0); Total Project ($122,623)

Agricultural NPS Remediation in the Cedar Creek Reservoir Watershed

Project Goals/Objectives: This project consists of the Kaufmann-Van Zandt Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB), United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS), Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Urban Solutions Center at Dallas, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas Water Resource Institute (TWRI), and Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) working together to implement agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs) and education programs in the Kaufmann-Van Zandt

Arroyo Colorado Agricultural Nonpoint Source Assessment

Project Goals/Objectives: The primary focus of this project is to better characterize agricultural runoff in the Arroyo Colorado, assess and demonstrate the effects of BMP implementation at the field and sub-watershed level, and measure progress towards meeting WPP goals. A secondary focus is to evaluate the natural phosphorus reduction capabilities of drainage ditches on runoff from irrigated cropland in the Arroyo Colorado watershed.

Assessing Water Quality Management Plan Implementation in the Middle and South Bosque River and Hog Creek Watersheds

Project Goals/Objectives: This project will provide storm and routine monitoring of the Middle and South Bosque River and Hog Creek watersheds in order to assess agricultural nonpoint source reductions associated with implementation of water quality management plans (WQMPs) within waterbodies of concern for nitrite-nitrate nitrogen.

Assessment and Mitigation of Agricultural and Other Nonpoint Source Activities in the Cypress Creek Basin

Project Goals/Objectives: The primary goal of this project is to evaluate the effectiveness of selected Best Management Practices (BMPs) in reducing nutrient inputs to Big Cypress Creek and Lake O' the Pines by documenting runoff quality from sites representing dominant soil and land use types, with and without BMPs implemented, and replace failing septic systems. The project will support determination of the steps that could be taken to implement the current Lake O' the Pines total maximum daily load (TMDL) as it relates to non-point source nutrient input.

Assessment of Bacterial Sources Impacting Lake Waco and Belton Lake

Project Goals/Objectives: The objective of this project was to develop publicly available and comprehensively characterized genetic fingerprint and antibiotic resistance libraries of unique E. coli bacteria isolates for determining the animal or human NPS contamination of surface water. These BST libraries were applied to classify E. coli isolated from ambient water samples from Lake Waco and Lake Belton and their main tributaries, the Bosque and Leon Rivers, to identify the likely sources of bacterial contamination.

Assessment of Contact Recreation Use Impairments and Watershed Planning for Big Cypress Creek and Tributaries

Project Goals and Objectives:  Big Cypress Creek (and its tributaries) are located in the Cypress Creek Basin. The headwaters of Big Cypress Creek originate in southeast Hopkins County. From there, Big Cypress Creek flows east into Lake Cypress Springs and then into Lake Bob Sandlin in Franklin County. After leaving Lake Bob Sandlin, Big Cypress Creek, which forms the county line between Titus and Camp Counties, flows southeast to Lake O' the Pines and then finally to Caddo Lake before entering Louisiana.

Assessment of Contact Recreation Use Impairments and Watershed Planning for Five Tributaries of the Little Brazos River

Project Goals/Objectives: To assess contact recreation use impairments and support watershed planning for five tributaries of the Little Brazos River by 1) facilitating public participation and coordinating stakeholder involvement in decision-making, 2) developing a comprehensive GIS inventory and conducting a watershed source survey, and 3) collecting water quality monitoring data.

Assessment of NPS Pollution from Cropland in the Oso Bay Watershed

Project Goals/Objectives:  The long-term goal of this project is to support program implementation efforts of the Texas State and Water Conservation Board and the Nueces SWCD to protect and restore the water quality of Oso Bay and Creek from agricultural nonpoint source pollution.

Assessment of Springtime Contributions of Nutrients and Bacteria to the North Bosque River Watershed

Project Goals/ Objectives: This project will provide storm and routine monitioring of tributaries that contribute nonpoint source (NPS) loadings in the North Bosque River, an impaired stream, in order to assess agricultural NPS reductions. This project will focus on springtime contributions of nutrients and bacteria to water quality within tributaries of the North Bosque River assessing reductions in pre- and post- TMDL implementation periods.

Project Location: North Bosque River Watershed

Assessment of Water Quality and Watershed Planning for the Leona River

Project Goals/Objectives:  Provide stakeholders and agencies with sufficient information to address bacteria impairments on the Leona River through verification of use attainment, revision of water quality standards, or development of a WPP or TMDL.   

Project Location:  Leona River (Segment ID 2109) (Leona River Watershed includes Frio, Uvalde, and Zavala Counties)

Project Costs: $861,714

Project Websites: http://leonariver.org/

Atrazine Remediation in the Lake Lavon Watershed of Collin County

Project Work Plan: 01-04 (PDF, 36 kB)

Final Report: 01-04 (PDF, ## kB)

Atrazine Remediation in the Lake Lavon Watershed of Fannin County

Project Workplan: 01-06 (PDF, 36.1 kB)

Final Report: 01-06 (PDF, ## kB)

Atrazine Remediation in the Lake Lavon Watershed of Grayson County

Project Workplan: 01-07 (PDF, 36 kB)

Final Report: 01-07 (PDF, ## kB)

Bacteria Growth, Persistence, and Source Assessment in Rural Texas Landscapes and Streams

Project Goals and Objectives: Building upon results from TSSWCB Project 07-06 and further focusing on addressing informational needs identified in the “Bacteria TMDL Task Force Report,” this project will focus on two primary tasks: 1) evaluating the predominant water quality parameters affecting instream bacterial fate and 2) evaluating and quantifying contributing E. coli loading to designated LU/LC types. These specific tasks were selected as those that will provide the most valuable information to watershed managers and practitioners who are faced with accurately predicting and planning to manage E. coli loading in Texas Watersheds. This will be supported by education and outreach efforts that deliver project results to personnel at local, regional, state and national levels.

Bacterial Source Tracking for Little Brazos River Tributaries Bacteria Assessment

Project Goals/Objectives: To assess contact recreation use impairments and support watershed planning for five tributaries of the Little Brazos River by conducting bacterial source tracking (BST)

Project Location: Robertson County, Little Brazos River Tributaries (Campbells Creek-Segment 1242I, Mud Creek-Segment 1242K, Pin Oak Creek-Segment 1242L, Spring Creek-Segment 1242M, Walnut Creek-Segment 1242O)

Bacterial Source Tracking to Support Adaptive Management of the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Protection Plan

Project Description: The Arroyo Colorado currently has low dissolved oxygen levels within the tidal segment, not meeting the aquatic life use designated by the State of Texas and described in the Water Quality Standards. This has been the case for every 303(d) list prepared by the state since 1996. In addition, bacteria has always been a parameter of concern and as of 2006, the Arroyo became impaired due to high bacteria levels. There are many challenges associated with restoring water quality in the Arroyo Colorado Watershed.

Bacterial Source Tracking to Support the Development and Implementation of WPPs for the Lampasas and Leon Rivers

Project Goals/Objectives: This project will collect water samples ans stream flow data at 15 sites in the Leon River and 15 sites in the Lampasas River watersheds over a 12 month periord for bacterial source tracking (BST). The water samples will assess and identify different sources contributing to the bacterial loading of each waterbody. The results will assist stakeholders through on-going watershed protection planning processes.  

Best Management Practice (BMP) Verification in the Richland-Chambers Watershed

Project Goals/Objectives: The goals of the project are to verify the effectiveness of nutrient Best Management Practices (BMPs) installed on a portion (Mill Creek) of the Richland-Chambers reservoir watershed to provide supporting information for BMP implementation within the entire Richland-Chambers reservoir watershed.

Project Location: Richland Creek, Segment 0837; Chambers Creek, Segment 0814; and Richland-Chambers reservoir, Segment 0836

BMPs to Reduce Nitrate Impacts in Ground Water and to Assess Atrazine and Arsenic Occurrences in Private Water Wells

Project Goals/Objectives: Demonstrate the effectiveness of winter cover crops in removing nitrate-nitrogen from the soil profile to minimize nitrate leaching; Demonstrate the ability of zeolite to reduce atrazine and arsenic concentrations in water; Assess the extent of atrazine and arsenic detections in private groundwater in the Seymour and Ogallala Aquifers.

Project Location: The Texas High Plains (Ogallala Aquifer) and Texas Rolling Plains (Seymour Aquifer)

Broad-based Communication and Forecasting for Environmental Quality

Project Goals/Objectives: The goal of this project is to develop a plan of action to create and maintain a website for water quality & other environmental issues and environmental quality broadcast spots to educate the public in the target watersheds in partnership with StormCenter Communications Inc.

Buck Creek Water Quality Sampling / Assessment Project

Buck Creek (Segment 0207A) was listed as an impaired waterbody on the 2002 and 2004 Texas Water Quality Inventory and 303(d) List because it did not meet bacterial water quality standards.

Building Partnerships for Cooperative Conservation in the Trinity River Basin

Project Goals/Objectives: The goal of this project is to develop a peer network of private landowners engaged in cooperative conservation to advance the restoration and protection of water quality within the Trinity River Basin by:

Classification of Current Land Use/Land Cover for Certain Watersheds Where TMDLs or WPPs Are In Development

Project Goals/Objectives: To classify land use/land cover for the Big Cypress Creek, middle Brazos River, Navasota River, Lake Granger, and Buck Creek watersheds for use in TMDL and WPP development.

Coastal Prairie Wetland Restoration at Sheldon Lake State Park

Project Goals/Objectives: The overall objectives of this project are to:

Composting Support Project in the Bosque River Watershed

Project Goals/Objectives: This project will provide additional funding for the ongoing composting activities in the North Bosque and Leon River watersheds. The project will continue to provide technical assistance to composters and dairy operations in order to aid in the development of a marketable-composted product. Financial assistance will be provided to Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) approved contract haulers in order to offset the cost of transportation of raw manure from dairies to the compost facility(s).

Continued Statewide Delivery of the Texas Watershed Steward Program

Project Background:All watersheds in Texas are threatened by nonpoint sources (NPS) of pollution which are detrimental to the valuable water resources of the state. To help combat this threat, federal and state water resource management agencies have adopted a watershed-scale approach for managing water quality. One vital component of this approach involoves engaging local stakeholders to become actively involved in planning and implementing water resources managment and protection programs in their watershed.

Continuous Water Quality Monitoring and Dissolved Oxygen Modeling in the Pecos River

Project Goals/Objectives: There are two main objectives to the project with the first objective is to facilitate the construction, installation, monitoring and maintenance of a CWQM station on the Pecos River near Girvin, TX. The station will be incorporated into TCEQ’s CWQM network and will provide critical data for evaluating management practice implementation activities associated with the Pecos River WPP.

Coordinating Implementation of the Leon River Watershed Protection Plan

Project Goals/Objectives: A key part of implementation of a watershed protection plan is establishing a local watershed coordinator. This project seeks to hire a watershed coordinator for the Leon River watershed who will work towards fulfilling the following goals:

Coordinating Implementation of the Plum Creek Watershed Protection Plan

Project Goals/Objectives: This project will provide support and facilitate the PCWP in identifying managment measures to improve water quailty, developing proposals to acquire funding for implementation of management measures, managing and tracking implementation project as well as encourge adoption of BMPs.

Creekside Conservation Program

Valuable soil from thousands of acres is washed into tributaries and lakes every year.  Gullies and bare rock now exist where once rich topsoil and healthy plants occurred.  As farmers and ranchers lose topsoil to erosion, land productivity decreases.  Waterways also suffer from sedimentation and nonpoint source (NPS) pollution.  This sediment can build up to create flood management problems, threaten aquatic habitats, impair water quality, and reduce groundwater recharge.

Delivering Education Programs Focused on Stakeholder Needs to Address Agricultural NPS in the Arroyo Colorado Watershed

Project Goals/Objectives: Project goals are to: Distribute and develop materials needed to educate agricultural producers focused on technical information of BMPs; Educate agricultural producers on various financial and technical assistance programs available to help implement and pay for BMPs; Host field tours with producers currently using BMPs to highlight their effectiveness; Host demonstrations for agricultural producers to observe the effects of BMPs; Increase the number of producers that participate in incentive programs and install BMPs; Host a soil testing campaign

Development and Implementation of an Environmental Training Program for Manure and Compost Haulers/Applicators in the Texas High

This project will be the first of its kind that targets a diverse group of stakeholders and is specific to the independent business relationship (feedyards, manure/compost haulers, certified crop advisors and crop producers) and cropping systems that are implemented in the Texas High Plains. The Texas Cattle Feeders Association (TCFA) is uniquely situated to facilitate the development and implementation of this environmental training curriculum.

Development and Testing of a Texas BMP Evaluation Tool to Aid Decision-Making in Conservation Planning on Agricultural Lands

Project Goals/Objectives: To develop an easy-to-use Texas BMP Evaluation Tool to aid in science-based BMP selection, cost-effective conservation spending, and program benefit analysis. Specifically this tool will be designed to assist land managers and agency planners in conservation practice decision-making related to on-farm (field-scale) alternatives and effectiveness and facilitate evaluation and reporting of agricultural nonpoint source load reductions from WQMP implementation.

Development of a Synergistic, Comprehensive Statewide 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.

This project will continue and expand by:

Development of a Watershed Protection Plan for Attoyac Bayou

This project shall serve as a means for establishing and engaging a watershed stakeholder group to assist in the development and future implementation of a Watershed Protection Plan (WPP) for the Attoyac Bayou watershed. This project will utilize portions of the “Three-Tier Approach for Bacteria TMDL Development” as recommended in the Bacteria TMDL Task Force Report submitted to TCEQ and TSSWCB.

Development of a Watershed Protection Plan for Cedar Bayou

Project Goals/Objectives: To develop a nine element Watershed Protection Plan (WPP) for the Cedar Bayou watershed by: 1) targeted water quality sampling and analysis, 2) conducting a watershed source survey and developing a comprehensive GIS inventory, 3) analyze water quality data using Load Duration Curves and spatially explicit modeling, 4) establish and provide direction for a stakeholder group that will serve as a decision making body.

Development of a Watershed Protection Plan for Double Bayou

Project Goals/Objectives: To develop a nine element Watershed Protection Plan (WPP) for the Double Bayou watershed by 1) establishing and providing direction for a stakeholder group that will serve as a decision-making body, 2) conducting targeted water quality sampling and analysis, 3) identifying and analyzing spatial and temporal patterns in watershed data; and 4) increasing education among targeted audience.

Project Location: Double Bayou watershed in Chambers and Liberty Counties.

Development of a Watershed Protection Plan for Geronimo Creek

Project Goals/Objectives: Based on routine water quality sampling of the stream, Geronimo Creek is impaired by elevated bacteria concentrations and has nutrient enrichment concerns and for nitrate-nitrogen as elevated for the 2008 Texas Water Quality Inventory. High bacteria concentrations do not support contact recreation use and high levels of nitrogen can cause excessive growth of aquatic vegetation leading to a decreased ablilty to support aquatic life use.

Development of a Watershed Protection Plan for the Concho River Basin

Project Goals/Objectives: This project provided an assessment of existing and potential water quality threats related to on-going nonpoint source (NPS) water pollution within the Concho River basin and will also provide a Watershed Protection Plan (WPP). Information obtained from this project was made available to state, federal, and local decision makers to promote the orderly restoration of the basin aquatic environment and to prevent additional degradation.

Development of the Lower Nueces River Watershed Protection Plan

Project Goals/Objectives:  Develope a Watershed Protection Plan (WPP) for the Lower Nueces River Watershed (segment 2101) through establishing and providing direction for a stakeholder group that will serve as  decision-making body, identifying analyzing spatial and temporal patterns in watershed data; and increasing education among targeted audience.

Development of the Plum Creek Watershed Protection Plan

Project Goals/Objectives: The purpose of this project is to provide an assessment of existing and potential water quality threats in the Plum Creek Watershed, to coordinate the development of a Watershed Protection Plan (WPP), and to facilitate beginning phases of implementation.

Education of Best Management Practices in the Arroyo Colorado Watershed

Project Goals/Objectives: The overall objective of this project is to educate agricultural producers on how to better produce and manage their acreage while reducing the potential for nonpoint source (NPS) pollution. Secondly, the project will support and promote associated programs implementing best management practices related to water quality protection.

Education Program for Improved Water Quality in Copano Bay

Data assessed in 2002 showed that Copano Bay was not suitable for harvesting oysters because of elevated bacteria concentrations. In response to these conditions, a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) was initiated by Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to determine the sources of fecal coliform bacteria and the measures necessary to restore the oyster waters use in Copano Bay. In 2004, the tidal segments of the Aransas and Mission Rivers were added to the TMDL as a result of their listing on the 2004 303(d) list for contact recreation.

Efficient Nitrogen Fertilization: Accounting for Field Nitrogen Mineralization

Project Goals/Objectives: This project will demonstrate an enhanced soil test methodology that accounts for all sources of plant available N in the soil, including NO3-N, available NH4-N, and mineralizable N. These soil N sources provide N to crops and represent N that is not adequately accounted for by producers. The project will demonstrate the potential for reduced N runoff due to reduced N application based on this soil test methodology by establishing demonstration sites on research facilities and on private land.

Ellis-Prairie SWCD Water Quality Project

This project will address sediment, nutrient, and pesticide runoff in the four main public surface water supplies in the Richland and Chambers Creeks Watershed (Bardwell Reservoir, Richland Chambers Reservoir, Lake Navarro Mills, and Lake Waxahachie).

Environmental Effects of In-House Windrow Composting of Poultry Litter

Project Goals/Objectives: This project will demonstrate the environmental effects of treating poultry litter using In-House Windrow Composting (IWC). The effect of IWC-treated litter on runoff water quality when the litter is land applied will be assessed as well as other benefits of this practice. Data is needed to evaluate parameters such as nutrient load and solubility and E. coli content in runoff water from land upon which IWC-treated poultry litter has been applied. It is anticipated that the IWC procedure should eliminate most E.

Environmental Regulatory Oversight Assistance for Unpermitted Animal Feeding Operations

Project Goals/Objectives: Provide guidance and technical assistance to the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) with regard to animal feeding operations on the water quality management plan (WQMP) program, state and federal rule and statute interpretations, environmental requirements to satisfy state regulatory requirements and water quality standards, and revisions to the Memorandum of Understanding between the TSSWCB and the Texas

Establishment of a Watershed Coordinator for the North Bosque River Watershed

Project Goals/Objectives: A major goal is to provide a single point of contact for all activities in the watershed related to: demonstration, conservation, and pollution prevention projects; applicable Federal and State rules and regulations; and water quality data.

Evaluation and demonstration of VTA effectiveness to protect runoff water quality on small pork production facilities in Texas

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

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

Extending TMDL Efforts in the North Bosque River Watershed

Project Goals/Objectives: This project will provide storm and routine monitoring of tributaries that contribute nonpoint source loadings to an impaired water body in order to assess agricultural nonpoint source pollution reductions. A final report will be developed assessing pre-existing and post-TMDL implementation effects.

Fate and Transport of E. coli in Rural Texas Landscapes and Streams

Project Goals/Objectives: The main objectives of this proposal are to identify, characterize, and quantify E. coli loads resulting from various sources in an impaired watershed, monitor survival, growth, re-growth, and die-off of E. coli under different environmental conditions, monitor re-suspension of E. coli in streams, and educate stakeholders by disseminating qualitative and quantitative information acquired in this monitoring and demonstration project.

Field Validation of the Texas Phosphorus Index

Project Goals/Objectives: Determine the effects of selected soil properties in the Bosque and Leon River watersheds to measure and predict phosphorus runoff; Compare and correlate different soil test and soil solution soluble phosphorus extracts to runoff phosphorus; Validate and/or modify Texas Phosphorus Index as a predictive tool for classification of field sites relative to phosphorus loss potential.

Project Location: Leon River (Segment 1221) and North Bosque River (Segments 1255 and 1226)

Field Validation of the Texas Phosphorus Index in the Poultry Areas of Texas

Project Goals/Objectives: Determine the effects of selected soil to measure and predict phosphorus runoff; Compare and correlate Mehlich III and soil solution soluble phosphorus extracts to runoff phosphorus; Validate and/or modify Texas Phosphorus Index as a predictive tool for classification of field sites relative to phosphorus loss potential; Evaluate the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality soil sampling guidance for soil test phosphorus reproducibility.

Groundwater Nitrogen Source Identification and Remediation in the Texas High Plains and Rolling Plains Regions

Project Goals/Objectives: This project will (1) evaluate relative inputs of natural and fertilizer N in the Texas High Plains and Rolling Plains, (2) quantify nitrogen inventories under different agricultural land use management schemes, (3) identify and demonstrate strategies for reducing groundwater nitrogen levels (e.g. N crediting), and (4) transfer the results to farmers and others throughout the region through field days, workshops, and other venues.

Identify and Characterize NPS Bacteria Pollution to Support Implementation of Bacteria TMDLs in the Oso Bay Watershed

Project Goals/Objectives: To provide information on nonpoint sources of Enterococci in the upstream portions of Oso Creek to support development of the TMDL and targeting of implementation activities.

Implementation of the Leon River WPP through Technical and Financial Assistance to Repair or Replace OSSFs in Hamilton County

Project Goals/Objectives:1) Identify and inspect on-site sewage facilities (OSSFs); 2) To promote the availability of technical and financial assistance to homeowners; 3) To provide technical and financial assistance to homeowners for the repair, replacement, or removal of OSSFs; 4) Educate the homeowners on proper OSSF maintenance; 5) Educate inspectors, installers, and maintenance providers on proper installation, inspection, operation and maintenance of OSSFs

Implementation Support Project in the Richland-Chambers Reservoir Watershed

Richland Chambers Reservoir was listed on the 1999 State of Texas 303(d) List as threatened due to excessive atrazine. In November 2000 the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) initiated a CWA Section 319(h) project with the Navarro Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) to provide technical and financial assistance for the purpose of developing and implementing WQMPs to reduce atrazine runoff into the Richland Chambers Reservoir.

Implementation Support Project in the Sam Rayburn Reservoir and Toledo Bend Reservoir Watersheds

Project Goals/Objectives: Foster coordinated technical assistance activities; Provide technical and financial assistance to landowners to aid in the development, implementation, and/or maintenance of Water Quality Management Plans (WQMPs); Map the location and types of WQMPs and Best Management Practices (BMPs) implemented.

Project Location: Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend Reservoirs, Segment 0610 and 0504

Project Costs: Federal ($350,000); Non-Federal Match ($233,334); Total ($583,334)

Implementing Educational Components of the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Protection Plan Focused on Agricultural NPS Pollution

Project Goals/Objectives: 1) Developing a focused education effort on cost-share programs and Best Management Plans that protect water quality 2) Educating agricultural producers on how to better manage their acreage to reduce the potential for NPS pollution 3) Supporting and promoting cost-share programs that foster implementation of BMPs to protect water quality 4) Increasing the number of producers that participate in cost-share programs, adopt Water Quality Management Plans and install Best Managment Plans

Implementing the Arroyo Colorado WPP by Providing Technical and Financial Assistance to Reduce Agricultural NPS

Project Background: The Arroyo Colorado (Segment 2201 and 2202), an ancient distributary channel of the Rio Grande, extends about 90 miles from Mission, Texas to the Laguna Madre in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. Flow in the Arroyo Colorado is sustained by wastewater discharges, agricultural irrigation return flows, urban runoff, and base flows from shallow groundwater. Elevated levels of bacteria and low dissolved oxygen have severely impacted recreational use of the lower Arroyo Colorado for fishing and swimming.

Implementing the Pecos River Watershed Protection Plan

Project Goals/Objectives: This project will begin implementing portions of the WPP developed for the Pecos River watershed in Texas. It will focus primarily on implementing three of the highest priority management measures identified in the WPP. These three practices, chosen by landowners, are the control of saltcedar and other brush species in the riparian corridor, removing the debris left by saltcedar control, revegetating these areas through the development and implementation of WQMPs.

Improving Water Quality by Developing, Implementing, and Field Testing Innovative Methods

Project Goals/Objectives: Evaluate up to six technologies for decreasing nonpoint source pollution and improving surface water quality, through on-site demonstrations of reduction of total and soluble phosphorus in dairy effluent applied to waste application fields.

Project Location: North Bosque River, Segments 1226 and 1255

Project Costs: Federal ($227,793); Non-Federal Match ($173,336); Total Project ($401,129)

Instream Bacteria Influences from Bird and Bat Habitation of Bridges

Project Goals/Objectives: To develop and implement an experimental study design providing for the collection of environmental data to test the hypothesis that bridges containing significant numbers of roosting and nesting birds and bats increase ambient bacteria concentrations of streams under low flow conditions as compared to the situation where roosting and nesting is absent.

Project Location: Leon River below Proctor Lake and above Belton Lake, Lampasas River above Stillhouse Hollow Lake

Lake Granger Watershed Assessment and Implementation Project

Project Goals/Objectives: Facilitate the development of a watershed protection plan for the Lake Granger Watershed; install best management practices for the purpose of reducing erosion within the watershed; reduce sediment loadings by 20-30% (based on RUSLE calculations or other applicable means); reduce TSS concentration in the reservoir by 30%, reduce nutrient loadings from agricultural lands and monitor for results.

Lampasas River Watershed Assessment and Protection Project

The Lampasas River (Segment 1217 in the Brazos River Basin), rises in western Hamilton County 16 miles west of Hamilton and flows southeast for 75 miles, passing through Lampasas, Burnet, and Bell counties. In Bell County, the river turns northeast and is dammed five miles southwest of Belton to form Stillhouse Hollow Lake (Segment 1216). Below Stillhouse Hollow Lake, the Lampasas River flows to its confluence with Salado Creek and the Leon River to form the Little River.

LCRA Soil and Water Stewardship Program

The problem of soil erosion on farms, ranches and rangeland in the lower Colorado River basin can be attributed to overgrazing, a lack of vegetative, or riparian, buffers along creeks and other waterways, and the spread of invasive brush species that choke out native vegetation. As a result, thousands of acres of valuable soil wash into the waterways of the lower Colorado River basin every year. The result is build-up of sediment, which can harm water quality, worsen flooding and threaten aquatic habitats.

Leon River Watershed Protection Plan Project

Project Goals/Objectives: (1) To use a locally-driven, stakeholder process to develop a Watershed Protection Plan for the Leon River Watershed above Lake Belton; (2) To enhance data collection efforts to support and facilitate implementation activities; (3) To provide the TSSWCB and the TCEQ with recommendations on implementation strategies that can be incorporated into the TMDL Implementation Plan; and (4) To provide an overall assessment of the Leon River Watershed above Lake Belton.

Little River Atrazine Remediation Project (Central Texas SWCD)

Project Goals/Objectives: This project will provide corn and sorghum producers in the Little River watershed with an opportunity to participate in water quality educational activities, technical assistance, and financial assistance for the implementation of Best Management Practices (BMPs), in order to reduce the runoff of atrazine. The main goal of this project is to maintain the drinking water quality of these waterbodies and allow them to be removed from the State of Texas §303(d) List of Impaired Waters.

Little River Atrazine Remediation Project (Little River/San Gabriel SWCD)

Project Goals/Objectives: This project will provide corn and sorghum producers in the Little River watershed with an opportunity to participate in water quality educational activities, technical assistance, and financial assistance for the implementation of Best Management Practices (BMPs), in order to reduce the runoff of atrazine. The main goal of this project is to maintain the drinking water quality of these waterbodies and allow them to be removed from the State of Texas §303(d) List of Impaired Waters.

Lone Star Healthy Streams

According to the draft 2004 Water Quality Inventory and 303(d) List, 306 waterbodies are impaired in Texas with a total of 419 impairments. Of these, approximately half of the impairments are the result of excessive bacteria. Bacterial source tracking work completed in a number of these waterbodies (e.g., Peach Creek, Leon River) has identified a noticeable contribution from grazing cattle to the bacteria loading of these streams.

Maintaining Sediment Prevention Through Repair of Floodwater Retarding Structures in McCulloch County

Project Goals/Objectives: To provide coordinated assessment between the TSSWCB, the McCulloch Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), and Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), with respect to implementation, and restoration of water quality in the Brady Creek and Deep Creek Watersheds located within

Management Repository of Agricultural and Silvicultural Environmental Data

Project Goals/Objectives: The main objective of this project is to develop a comprehensive, user-friendly database that will house data collected via CWA §319(h) Grant Program fun

Mathematical Model for the Dispersal of the Leaf Beetle for Biological Control of Invasive Saltcedar

Project Goals/Objectives: The goal of this project is to aid in implementing the Implementation Plan for Sulfate and Total Dissolved Solids (TMDLs) in the J.B. Thomas, E.V. Spence and O.H. Ivey Reservoirs by biological control of saltcedar in riparian areas along the Colorado River of Texas and its tributaries in an effort to reduce nonpoint source pollution loadings resulting from invasive brush species on agricultural lands.

Microwatershed-Based Approach to Monitoring and Assessing Water Quality in the North Bosque River Watershed

Project Goals/Objectives: This project is designed to assess continuing reductions in agricultural nonpoint source (NPS) pollution associated with Implementation Plan (I-Plan) activities for two total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) for the North Bosque River (NBR).

Modeling Atrazine in Seven Texas Watersheds

Project Goals/Objectives: Collect GIS, landuse, management, and measured data for seven Texas watersheds; Calibrate watershed model to measured flow, sediment, and atrazine; Simulate atrazine load for current conditions; Assume application of BMPs on all cropland, and simulate atrazine load for treated condition.

Modeling Nutrient Loads from Poultry Operations in the Toledo Bend Reservoir and Sam Rayburn Reservoir Watersheds

Project Goals/Objectives: Collect GIS, landuse, management, and measured data for selected watersheds; Where measured data is available, calibrate SWAT watershed model to measured flow, sediment and nutrients; Simulate nutrient load for current conditions; Simulate for pre- and post- best management plan implementation conditions.

Project Location: Sam Rayburn Reservoir, Segment 0610 and Toledo Bend Reservoir, Segment 0504

Project Costs: Federal ($96,000); Non-Federal Match ($0); Total Project ($96,000)

Modeling Support for Little Brazos River Tributaries Bacteria Assessment

Project Goals/Objectives: To assess contact recreation use impairments and support watershed planning for five tributaries of the Little Brazos River by 1) developing a comprehensive GIS inventory and conducting a watershed source survey, and 2) analyzing data using Load Duration Curves and spatially explicit modeling.

Project Location: Robertson County, Little Brazos River Tributaries (Campbells Creek-Segment 1242I, Mud Creek-Segment 1242K, Pin Oak Creek-Segment 1242L, Spring Creek-Segment 1242M, Walnut Creek-Segment 1242O)

Monitoring and Educational Programs Focused on Bacteria and Nutrient Runoff on Dairy Operations in the Leon Watershed

Project Goals/Objectives: The overall objective of the project is to collect watershed specific data in an effort to quantify the major sources of E. coli bacteria on dairy operations. Information and data collected during the monitoring phase will be used in the development of an educational program focusing on best management practices (BMPs) to reduce the movement of E. coli bacteria and nutrients to surface waters.

Monitoring Effectiveness of Nonpoint Source Nutrient Management in the North Bosque River Watershed

Project Goals/Objectives: To provide targeted surface water quality data for evaluating the effectiveness of agricultural NPS pollution abatement efforts associated with I-Plan activities for two phosphorus TMDLs in the North Bosque River watershed.

Project Location: North Bosque River Watershed within Erath, Hamilton, Bosque, Somervell, McLennan and Coryell Counties

Project Costs: Federal: $450,412; Non-Federal: $300,175; Total: $750,587

Project Participant(s): TSSWCB, TIAER, BRA, and TCEQ

Nueces Basin Headwaters Stewardship Project

The Nueces River Authority, with CWA §319(h) funding through the TSSWCB, implemented an innovative education project aimed at improving and protecting water quality in five Nueces Basin headwate

Peach Creek Water Quality Improvement Project

Project Goals/Objectives: This project will provide agricultural producers in the Peach Creek watershed with an opportunity to participate in water quality educational activities, technical assistance, and financial assistance for the implementation of Best Management Practices (BMPs), in order to improve water quality. The main goal of this project is to reduce the bacterial levels in the impaired Peach Creek watershed to a level compliant with Texas Water Quality Standards.

Project Location: Peach Creek, Segment 1803C

Phytoremediation of Excessively High Phosphorus Soils and Subsequent Reduced Phosphorus Runoff into the North Bosque River

Project Goals/Objectives: The general objective of this project is to reduce surface water contamination in the north Bosque River from soil-applied phosphorus (P) of dairy manure origin.

PLAN for Tomorrow: Poultry Litter Application on New Sites

Project Goals/Objectives: Educate 3rd party applicators of poultry litter to the environmental benefits of using proper application management techniques beginning on Day 1 of application on new sites; Demonstrate that poultry litter can be land applied in an environmentally friendly manner that supplies necessary crop nutrients without increasing nutrient levels in runoff and that multiple objectives (such as: profitability, resource utilization, and water quality protection) can be met with this fertilization strategy.

Preventing Water Quality Contamination Through the Texas Well Owner Network

Project Goals/Objectives: The Texas Well Owner Network (TWON) is a Statewide project designed to deliver a science-based, community-responsive education curriculum. The TWON will focus on protecting groundwater quality and aquifer integrity, but also will complement the successful Texas Watershed Stewards program by emphasizing BMPs addressing potential contamination of surface water by sources also contaminating private domestic and irrigation wells and jeopardizing aquifer integrity.

Recreational Use Attainability Analysis for Aransas Creek

Project Background: Aransas Creek reaches 20 miles from the confluence of the Aransas River northeast of Skidmore to the headwaters of the stream west of Beeville. The Aransas Creek watershed is largely rural ranchland with no major communities. Tributaries to Aransas Creek include Dry Creek, Elm Creek, and Olmos Creek.

Recreational Use Attainability Analysis for San Miguel Creek

Project Goals/Objectives: This project consists of performing a Comprehensive RUAA on San Miguel Creek (Segment 2108) for the purpose of ascertaining the level of recreational use occurring in the creek. This project will adhere to the procedures provided in the TCEQ Procedures for a Comprehensive RUAA and a Basic RUAA Survey.

Recreational Use Attainability Analysis for Ten Creeks in the Red River and Neches River Basins

Project Goals/Objective: Comprehensive RUAAs will be conducted on ten segments: Mud Creek (0201A), Bois D’Arc Creek (0202A), Choctaw Creek (0202F), Smith Creek (0202G), and Iron Ore Creek (0202K) in the Red River Basin and Prairie Creek (0606A), Kickapoo Creek (0605A), Neches River above Lake Palestine (0606), Mud Creek (0611C) and West Mud Creek (0611D) in the Neches River Basin.

Recreational Use Attainability Analysis of Buffalo Creek

Project Goals/Objectives: This project will collect data to evaluate factors affecting attainment of recreational use in Buffalo Creek (Segment 0214B). 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 of Dixon Creek

Project Goals/Objectives: This project will collect data to evaluate factors affecting attainment of recreational use in Dixon Creek (0101A). 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 of Paradise Creek

Project Goals/Objectives: This project will collect data to evaluate factors affecting attainment of recreational use in Paradise Creek (0230A). 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 of Sweetwater Creek

Project Goals/Objectives: This project will collect data to evaluate factors affecting attainment of recreational use in Sweetwater Creek (0299A). 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.

Reducing Atrazine Losses in Central Texas

Project Goals/Objectives: Demonstrate the effects of alternative tillage practices and atrazine application practices on protecting water quality by reducing atrazine losses; Develop educational materials and present the demonstration results at agricultural meetings, field days, and conferences; Validate the CroPMan simulation model with measured atrazine losses to facilitate simulating long-term losses of atrazine and the probabilities of meeting EPA standard for safe drinking water; Analyze the economic costs, profits, and the cost effectiveness of alternative tillage me

Saltwater Revegetation Demonstration Project

Project Goals/Objectives: This project will demonstrate alternatives to reclaim saltwater scarred areas in North Central Texas. Not only are these areas unproductive and an eyesore, but downstream sedimentation causes water quality degradation and loss of vegetation. The objective is to stabilize the area and reduce the soil loss to tolerable limits. The final product would be the area shaped with a good cover of vegetation.

Project Location: Northwestern Young County in the Brazos River Watershed

Seymour Aquifer Water Quality Improvement Project

The Seymour Aquifer is a shallow aquifer in Northwest Central Texas and the only major source of groundwater in Haskell, Jones, and Knox Counties. The aquifer underlies over 300,000 acres and furnishes drinking and domestic water for many rural families. In addition, over 3,000 wells furnish water for irrigation and livestock use. The State of Texas has identified elevated nitrate levels as a concern in Haskell, Knox, and Jones Counties.

Soil and Water Conservation District Water Quality Management Plan Development, Implementation, and/or Maintenance Assistance

Project Goals/Objectives: Foster coordinated technical assistance activities; Provide technical and financial assistance to landowners to aid in the development, implementation, and/or maintenance of Water Quality Management Plans (WQMPs); Map the location and types of WQMPs and best management practices (BMPs) implemented.

Project Location: Statewide

Project Costs: Federal ($700,803); Non-Federal Match ($204,240); Total Project ($905,043)

Project Participant(s): TSSWCB and SWCDs

Statewide Bacterial Source Tracking Program for FY2015

Project Background: According to the 2012 Texas Integrated Report, there 272 impairments due to excessive bacteria. One key to effectively abating these impairments is the identification and assessment of fecal pollution sources. Proper evaluation of these sources is needed to target best management practices and develop bacterial total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) or watershed protection plans (WPPs).

Statewide Bacterial Source Tracking Program FYs 13-14

Protection of water resources is one of the most significant environmental challenges of the new millennium. Nonpoint sources (NPS) of pollution, including agricultural activities, can greatly impact water quality. One key component in effectively implementing a NPS pollution abatement program is the identification and assessment of sources of fecal pollution. Proper evaluation of these sources is needed to target best management practices (BMPs) and develop bacterial total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) or watershed protection plans (WPPs). This information may also be useful to properly assess risk in contact recreation, as many waterborne pathogens causing human illness do not colonize nonhuman hosts. According to the 2010 Texas Integrated Report, there are over 300 impairments due to excessive bacteria.

Statewide Delivery of LSHS Feral Hog Component and Providing Technical Assistance on Feral Hog Management in Priority Watersheds

Project Goals/Description: This project will initiate statewide implementation of the feral hog management education program by conducting watershed-based trainings in selected watersheds. Priority watersheds will be selected in collaboration with development or implementation phases of WPPs or TMDLs. Other watersheds may be selected based on need and in response to collaborations with other groups and organizations, including river authorities, SWCDs, local citizen groups/watershed associations.

Statewide Delivery of Riparian and Stream 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. The State of Texas has more than 200,000 miles of rivers and streams that, along with closely associated floodplain and upland areas, comprise corridors of great economic, social, cultural, and environmental value.

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.

Surface Water Quality Monitoring and Additional Data Collection Activities to Support the Implementation of the Plum Creek Watershed Protection Plan

Project Goals/Objectives: Through this project, GBRA will continue to collect surface water quality monitoring (SWQM) data to characterize the Plum Creek watershed, including the contributing wastewater effluents. Monitoring data will be used to assess and evaluate the effectiveness of the BMPs that have been or will be implemented in the watershed as a result of the Plum Creek WPP. The sampling regime will include diurnal, springflow, storm event and targeted monitoring under more typical base flow conditions over the next three years.

Surface Water Quality Monitoring to Support Development and Implementation of Bacteria TMDLs in the Copano Bay Watershed

Copano Bay is located in the San Antonio-Nueces Coastal Basin. The bay covers parts of Aransas and Refugio counties, while the watershed also encompasses Bee, Goliad, Karnes and San Patricio counties. Mission Bay and Port Bay are sub-bays of Copano Bay and are included in Segment 2472. Segment 2472 is the receiving body of the Mission and Aransas Rivers.

Surface Water Quality Monitoring to Support Plum Creek Watershed Protection Plan Development

Plum Creek rises in Hays County north of Kyle and runs south through Caldwell County, passing Lockhart and Luling, and eventually joins the San Marcos River at their confluence north of Gonzales County (see map below left). Plum Creek is 52 miles in length and has a drainage area of 389 mi2. According to the 2004 Texas Water Quality Inventory and 303(d) List, Plum Creek (Segment 1810) is impaired by elevated bacteria concentrations (category 5c) and exhibits nutrient enrichment concerns for ammonia, nitrate+nitrite nitrogen and total phosphorus.

SWAT Model Simulation of the Arroyo Colorado Watershed

Project Goals/Objectives: The project will consist of using a computer modeling software (SWAT model) and a geographic information system (GIS) to simulate the current sediment, BOD, and nutri

Targeted Brush Control in the E.V. Spence Reservoir Watershed

Project Goals/Objectives: The goal of this project is to aid in implementing the Implementation Plan for Sulfate and Total Dissolved Solids TMDLs in the E.V. Spence Reservoir by chemically treating saltcedar in riparian areas along the Colorado River and its tributaries in an effort to reduce nonpoint source pollution loadings resulting from invasive brush species on agricultural lands.

Project Location: E.V. Spence Reservoir, Segment 1411; Colorado River below Lake J.B. Thomas, Segment 1412

Technical Assistance and Implementation in the West Fork of the Trinity River Watershed

Project Goals/Objectives: Provide technical assistance to landowners in developing and implementing Water Quality Management Plans (WQMPs) within the West Fork of the Trinity River Watershed.

Project Location: West Fork of the Trinity River Watershed, Segment 0812

Project Costs: Federal ($100,000); Non-Federal Match ($20,000); Total Project ($120,000)

Project Participant(s): TSSWCB, Jack SWCD, and Natural Resources Conservation Service

Technical Assistance Supporting Cooperative Conservation in South Central Texas

Cooperative conservation is a voluntary and incentive-based concept where people associate together voluntarily to pursue common conservation goals. It describes the efforts of landowners, communities, conservation groups, industry, and governmental agencies who join together to conserve our environment. Through cooperative conservation, citizens from every walk of life enhance, restore, and protect land, water, air, and wildlife resources on public and private lands.

Texas Silvicultural BMP Effectiveness Study

 

Project Location: East Texas

Project Costs: Federal ($367,620); Non Federal Match ($245,080); Total Project ($612,700)

Project Participant(s): TSSWCB, Texas Forest Service, and area SWCDs

Project Workplan:  03-04 (PDF, 61.3 kB)

Final Report:  03-04 (PDF, 1.1 MB)

Texas Silvicultural Nonpoint Source Pollution Abatement and Prevention Project

Project Goals/Objectives: The goal of this project is to protect water quality during forestry operations. This is achieved by developing and refining BMPs based on scientific evidence, promoting their adoption, and monitoring their implementation. For more information on Forestry BMPs, please visit the Texas Forest Service website.

Project Location: East Texas

Project Costs: Federal ($574,521); Non Federal Match ($383,014); Total ($957,535)

Texas Silvicultural Nonpoint Source Pollution Prevention and Abatement

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),

The Impact of Proper Organic Fertilizer Management in Production of Agriculture

Project Goals/Objectives: Educate landowners on proper organic fertilizer management practices by implementing various organic fertilizer management practices on cultivated and pasture fields relating to application method, timing, and rate; Conducting demonstration and educational activities on the importance of proper organic fertilizer management; Demonstrating the difference in water quality for areas impacted and non-impacted by excessive nutrients.

Upper Colorado Saltcedar Control Project: Biological Control Component

Project Goals/Objectives: Aid in implementing the Implementation Plan for Sulfate and Total Dissolved Solids TMDLs in the E.V. Spence Reservoir by biologically treating saltcedar in the Colorado River Basin in an effort to reduce nonpoint source pollution loadings resulting from invasive brush species on agricultural lands. Demonstrate the effectiveness of the Leaf Beetle to control saltcedar in the E.V. Spence Reservoir Basin.

Project Location: E.V. Spence Reservoir, Segment 1411; Colorado River above Lake J.B. Thomas, Segment 1412.

Wastewater/ Manure Management System Demonstration: Edge-of-Field Monitoring

Project Goals/Objectives: This project will monitor and evaluate the phosphorus reduction capabilities of a state of the art methane digester installed on a dairy facility in the North Bosque River watershed operating in conjunction with a comprehensive nutrient management plan (CNMP). Edge-of-field monitoring will be initiated to determine the level of phosphorus reduction associated with the wastewater that has undergone treatment using methane digester technology and applied in accordance with the dairy's CNMP.

Water Quality Monitoring in the Geronimo Creek Watershed and Facilitation of the Geronimo and Alligator Creeks Watershed Partner

Project Background: In 2007, the TSSWCB Regional Watershed Coordination Steering Committee, using established criteria, ranked Geronimo Creek in the top 3 watersheds for selection of WPP development. The TSSWCB project 08-06 entitled, Development of a Watershed Protection Plan for Geronimo Creek, was begun in June 2008. The project included water quality monitoring, water quality modeling and WPP development. The development of the WPP for Geronimo and Alligator Creeks has been a stakeholder driven process lead by Extension with support from the GBRA.

Watershed Protection Plan Development for Buck Creek

The Red River Basin includes 29 classified segments and 11 major reservoirs covering 145,169 acres. Buck Creek, also known as Spiller Creek, is a small waterbody situated within the Red River Basin and is located within a subwatershed to the Lower Prairie Dog Town Fork of the Red River (Segment 0207). This stream segment is located within Ecoregion 27, Central Great Plains. Small streams within this region are typically characterized by widely varying flows and high levels of dissolved salts, generally originating from saltwater seeps and springs.

Watershed Protection Plan Development for the Navasota River below Lake Limestone

Project Goals/Objectives: 1) Characterize current bacteria loadings and sources for the watershed 2) Determine needed levels of loading reduction to restore the waterbody 3) Work with watershed stakeholders to select and prioritize management measures needed to restore the waterbody 4) Develop a watershed protection plan for the Navasota River below Lake Limestone

Watershed Protection Plan Development for the Pecos River

Project Goals/Objectives: Assess the existing and potential water quality problems in the Pecos River Basin; Increase landowner and stakeholder involvement through educational efforts; Develop a Watershed Protection Plan (WPP) based on the river basin assessment.

Project Location: Pecos River Basin in Texas

WQMP Implementation Assistance in the Arroyo Colorado Watershed

Project Goals/Objectives: Foster coordinated technical assistance activities in the Arroyo Colorado watershed; Provide technical assistance to landowners to aid in the development and implementation of Water Quality Management Plans (WQMPs); and Compile information on the location and types of Best Management Practices for each WQMP implemented.

Project Location: Arroyo Colorado Watershed, Segments 2201 and 2202

Project Costs: Federal ($970,478); Non-Federal Match ($520,000); Total Project ($1,490,478)

WQMP Implementation Assistance in the Falcon Reservoir Drainage Area in Zapata County

Project Goals/Objectives: Foster coordinated technical assistance activities in the Falcon Reservoir Drainage Area in Zapata County; Conduct an inventory and map land uses and current management practices within the targeted watershed; Provide technical and/or financial assistance to landowners to aid in the development and implementation of Water Quality Management Plans (WQMPs); Compile information on the location and types of Best Management Practices for each WQMP implemented; Measure water quality improvement in impaired water bodies.

WQMP Implementation Assistance in the Mountain Creek Watershed

Project Workplan: 00-06(PDF, 32.5 KB)

Final Report: 00-06

WQMP Implementation Assistance in the Oso Bay and Creek Watershed

Project Goals/Objectives: Foster coordinated technical assistance activities in the Oso Creek watershed; Conduct an inventory and map land uses and current management practices within the targeted watershed; Provide technical and financial assistance to landowners to develop and implement Water Quality Management Plans (WQMPs) on cropland; Map the location and types of WQMPs and Best Management Practices (BMPs) implemented; Measure water quality improvement in impaired waterbodies.

WQMP Implementation in the Middle and South Bosque River Watersheds

Project Goals/Objectives: The goal of this project is to enhance the efforts and activities of TSSWCB and the McLennan County SWCD to reduce and/or prevent nonpoint source pollution loadings from cropland by providing technical and financial assistance to landowners for the implementation of water quality management plans (WQMPs).

Project Location: Hog Creek, Middle Bosque, and South Bosque River watersheds

Project Costs: Federal ($527,770); Non Federal Match ($271,166); Total Project: ($798,936)