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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.

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.

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.

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.

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)

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.

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.

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.

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.