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Preventing Water Quality Contamination Through the Texas Well Owner Network

Project Goals/Objectives: The Texas Well Owner Network (TWON) is a Statewide project designed to deliver a science-based, community-responsive education curriculum. The TWON will focus on protecting groundwater quality and aquifer integrity, but also will complement the successful Texas Watershed Stewards program by emphasizing BMPs addressing potential contamination of surface water by sources also contaminating private domestic and irrigation wells and jeopardizing aquifer integrity. The TWON will train Texans regarding water quality and BMPs for protecting their wells and surface waters, which will avert off-site transport of contaminants (bacteria and nutrients) to surface waters, prevent contamination of underlying aquifers, and safeguard the health of landowners and their families. As a result, this program will support on-going watershed protection planning efforts being conducted by TSSWCB and others by expanding the reach of these programs to additional audiences and resulting in greater implementation of BMPs for water quality improvement and protection. 

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Project Costs: Federal ($474,627); Non Federal Match ($312,296); Total Project: ($786,923)

Project Participant(s): TSSWCB, TWRI, Texas AgriLife Extension Service-Department of Soil and Crop Sciences (SCSC), Texas AgriLife Extension Service-Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering (BAEN)

Project Workplan: 10-04

Project Final Report10-04

"Protecting and Enhancing Natural Resources since 1939."

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