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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.

Lampasas RiverThe Lampasas River above Stillhouse Hollow Lake is listed as imapired on the 2004 Texas Water Quality Inventory and 303(d) List for elevated bacteria levels. Water quality data also indicated nutrient enrichment in isolated areas within the watershed and a dissolved oxygen imapirment on North Fork Rocky Creek. The State requires water quality in the Lampasas River be suitable for contact recreation, a healthy aquatic ecosystem, fish consumption, and general use.

The purpose of this project is to foster the development of a Lampasas River Watershed Protection Plan (WPP) to address water quality issues and ensure long-term health of the watershed by coordinating watershed assessment and analysis, stakeholder and public involvement, and educational activities.

Project Costs: Federal ($498,422); Non-Federal Match ($332,281); Project Total ($830,703)

Project Participants: TSSWCB, TCEQ, Texas AgriLife Research, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Brazos River Authority, Soil and Water Conservation Districts (#506, #508, #534, #554), Ground Water Conservation Districts (Clearwater UWCD, Central Texas GCD, Fox Crossing Water District, Saratoga UWCD), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Texas Stream Team, municipal and county governments, Lake Stillhouse Hollow Cleanwater Steering Committee Inc., and Friends of Sulphur Creek.

Project Website: http://lampasasriver.org/ 

Project Workplan: 07-11 (PDF, 301 kB)

Project QAPP: 07-11 (PDF, 669 kB)

Project Final Report: 07-11 (PDF, 7.64 MB)