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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).

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.

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

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)

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)

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)

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.

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.

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.

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.