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. The project includes the establishment of a public outreach program to educate the public about nonpoint source water quality issues, particularly the role of agricultural activities in basin-wide nutrient loading.
Project Location: Lake O' the Pines watershed, Segments 0403, 0404, and tributaries; and septic system replacement in Franklin, Titus, Camp, Morris, Upshur, Harrison, Marion, and Cass Counties.
Project Costs: Federal ($ 442,805), Non Federal Match ($ 295,220), Total Project ($ 738,025)
Project Participant(s): TSSWCB, Texas AgriLife Extension Servie, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Northeast Texas Municipal Water District, area SWCDs, and area County Extension Agents
Project Workplan: 04-14
Final Report: 04-14