LOCKHART – A meeting for the Plum Creek Watershed Partnership will take place from 6:30-9 p.m. on Aug. 12 in Lockhart. It is free and open to the public.
The meeting, presented by Texas AgriLife Extension Service and Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, will be held at Lockhart State Park Recreation Hall, located at 4179 State Park Rd. and Farm-to-Market 20, west of U.S. Highway 183.
“The Plum Creek Watershed is used for a number of recreational purposes, plus provides an important habitat for a variety of aquatic plants and animals,” said Nikki Dictson, AgriLife Extension program specialist.
However, Dictson added, high levels of bacteria and non-beneficial nutrients from both human and animal sources are threatening this valuable water source.
“From May 2006 through February 2008, the partnership developed a plan to protect the water in the creek.â€ she said. â€œSince the plan was adopted in 2008, the partnership and partnering entities have been working to obtain funding and have been participating in projects related to implementation and community education about the water quality of the watershed,” she said.
She noted that the Plum Creek Watershed Partnership, Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority and Texas AgriLife Extension Service were recently awarded a 2010 Envision Central Texas Community Stewardship Award for their public awareness program called “Taking Charge of Water Quality in the Plum Creek Watershed.”
“Our partners and other stakeholders have been addressing a variety of water quality issues, including potential sources of bacteria, non-beneficial nutrients and pollutants, wastewater treatment, storm water and storm drain management, urban growth issues, pet waste cleanup and disposal, illegal dumping, proper disposal of hazardous chemicals and more,” she said.
Dictson said having an active and involved steering committee had been vital to past partnership efforts and will continue to be an important element in future activities.
She said sign-in and refreshments for the partnership meeting will begin at 6 p.m. with presentations beginning at 6:30. Topics at the meeting will include a discussion and update on meetings with stakeholders about long-term project sustainability; the 4b classification process for the watershed; the value of riparian areas; future implementation, outreach and funding opportunities; and updates on the potential Hillside Terrace Water Quality Project in Hays County and a review of the latest water quality data.
“We are also looking for a few people to fill open steering committee positions,” Dictson said. “If anyone is interested in, he or she can contact me for further information on those.”
Funding from this project was provided through a Section 319 non-point source grant from the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and Environmental Protection Agency.
For more information on the meeting, contact Dictson at 979-458-3478, firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information on the Plum Creek Watershed Partnership can be found at http://pcwp.tamu.edu .