Project Goals/Description: This project will initiate statewide implementation of the feral hog management education program by conducting watershed-based trainings in selected watersheds. Priority watersheds will be selected in collaboration with development or implementation phases of WPPs or TMDLs. Other watersheds may be selected based on need and in response to collaborations with other groups and organizations, including river authorities, SWCDs, local citizen groups/watershed associations. Watersheds selected will be conisitent the State's implementation of the Texas NPS Management Program and specific CWA 319(h)- funded projects.
Project Background: All watersheds in Texas are threatened by nonpoint source (NPS) pollution which is detrimental to the valuable water resources of the state. To help combat this threat, federal and state water resource management agencies have adopted the Watershed Approach for managing water quality. Feral Hogs are quickly emerging as, and soon will be, one of the greatest wildlife damage management challenges in the United States. Feral Hogs have established themselves across Texas and pose a variety of challenges, including agricultural damage, predation, transmittal of disease and parasites, and environmental damage to both urban and rural environments.The yearly crop damages and control cost were reported to be >$1.5 billion across the United States, annually. Feral hogs have caused a high level economic, biologic, and natural resources damage as their numbers rapidly expand and their impact is now considered a national threat. This non-native invasive species is a liability to Texas waterways and ecosystems.
Project Location: Bastrop Bayou Watershed in Brazoria County; Dickinson Bayou in Brazoria and Galveston Counties; Geronimo Creek Watershed in Guadalupe and Comal Counties; Gilleland Creek in Travis County; Lake Granbury Watershed in Hood, Parker, Palo Pinto, Ranger, Erath, and Jack Counties; Lake Houston Area Watersheds in Grimes, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Walker, and Waller Counties; Lampasas River Watershed in Bell, Burnet, Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, Mills, and Williamson Counties; Leon River Watershed below Proctor Lake and above Belton Lake in Comanche, Hamilton, Erath, Coryell, Mills and Bell Counties; Lower San Antonio River Watershed in DeWitt, Goliad, Guadalupe, Karnes, Refugio, Victoria, and Wilson Counties; Plum Creek Watershed in Caldwell, Hays, and Travis Counties; San Bernard River Watershed in Austin, Colorado, Wharton, Fort Bend, and Brazoria Counties; Upper Oyster Creek in Fort Bend County.
Project Participation: Texas AgriLife Extension Service- Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences
Project Costs: Federal ($ 491,227); Non-Federal Match ($ 312, 768); Total Project ($ 803, 995)
Project Website: http://lshs.tamu.edu
Project Workplan: 12-06