2013-01-22 / Agribusiness

Comments on Lampasas River plan accepted through Feb. 1

Texas A&M AgriLife Research has posted an online draft of the Lampasas River Watershed Protection Plan for formal comment. Public comments will be accepted on the draft plan until Feb. 1.

Comments may be sent via e-mail to Lisa Prcin, AgriLife Research watershed coordinator in Temple, at lprcin@brc.tamus.edu.

The public is urged to obtain a copy and read the plan. A digital copy of the draft plan is available for download from the project Web page at http:// lampasasriver.org.

For a printed copy, phone (254) 778-6008.

Printed copies also are available for review at the U.S. Department of Agriculture–National Resource Conservation Service offices in Burnet, Lampasas and Mills counties, the AgriLife Extension office in Hamilton County, and the Clearwater Underground Water Conservation District office in Bell County.

Comments also may be mailed to: Lampasas River Watershed Partnership, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, 720 E. Blackland Rd., Temple, TX 76502-9622.

The Lampasas River was identified for watershed protection plan development due to concerns about elevated levels of bacteria, as reported in the 2002 Texas Water Quality Inventory, published by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The Lampasas River watershed includes parts of Mills, Hamilton, Lampasas, Coryell, Burnet, Bell andWilliamson counties.

The Lampasas River Watershed Partnership, area residents and other stakeholders have worked diligently to develop this draft watershed protection plan to address water quality concerns within the watershed, Ms. Prcin said.

The partnership has evaluated water quality issues and made recommendations for voluntary pollutant load reductions and management measures.

“We want to allow stakeholders the opportunity to comment on the plan so that we can ensure that it accurately reflects their ideas and vision for improving and protecting water quality in the river and creeks,” Ms. Prcin said. “Once this has been accomplished, we will move forward with the implementation of the watershed protection plan.”

Funding and support for the development of the Lampasas River Watershed Protection Plan is provided through a Clean Water Act Nonpoint Source grant from the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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