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Implementing Agricultural Nonpoint Source Components of the Lavon Lake Watershed Protection Plan

Project Goals/Objectives: The goals of this project are to provide technical assistance to agricultural producers for the development of Water Quality Management Plans (WQMPs) and implementation of Best Management Practices (BMPs) and track progress.  Educational programs will be provided to increase stakeholders and citizens knowledge about water quality issues in the watershed. Status reviews will be conducted on WQMPs to track implementation success. Technical activities are fostered between TSSWCB, the local SWCD, and NRCS during the project. Throughout the project efforts are coordinated between the local Steering Committee, Watershed Coordinator, and other partners.

Participation in the TSSWCB WQMP Program by individual ranchers and farmers is voluntary. The decision to participate is based on a number of factors, including the producer’s ability to provide the cost-share match (40% in this project). Adoption of BMPs and participation in the WQMP Program by producers is highly dependent on the success or failure of outreach and education initiatives and social marketing campaigns. Effectiveness of particular BMPs in reducing pollutants is dependent on a myriad of factors, including natural weather phenomena and the ability of producers to correctly install, operate, maintain or manage the BMP. There will be complementary nitrogen and sediment load reductions achieved from livestock and cropland WQMPs, and supplementary bacteria load reductions achieved from livestock and cropland WQMPs. With these factors accounted for, the estimated load reductions to be expected, as presented above, should be regarded as the “best case scenario” with probability that actual load reductions achieved will be less.

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Project Location: Lavon Lake in Collin, Fannin, Grayson, and Hunt Counties

Project Partners: TSSWCB, Colin County SWCD, NRCS, NTMWD, LLWSC

Project Costs: $215,838 (Federal)

Project Workplan: 18-09

Final Report : 18-09

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