2017-10-10 / Life

Watershed protection meeting set Thursday

Those interested in the Lampasas River Watershed Protection Plan are invited to attend the Lampasas River Watershed Partnership meeting on Thursday.

The meeting, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the Lampasas County Farm Bureau Building at 1793 U.S. Highway 281 in Lampasas. It is being hosted by Texas A&M AgriLife Research.

Registration will be at 5:30 p.m. with the meeting to begin at 6 p.m.

“This meeting will address a number of issues relating to the Lampasas River, including the findings of a recently concluded water quality monitoring project as well as the beginning of a new monitoring project,” said meeting host Lisa Prcin, AgriLife Research associate and Lampasas River Watershed coordinator.

There also will be a quick update about the ongoing technical and financial assistance available to agriculture producers in the watershed.

“We will highlight the accomplishments of the partnership over the past year, along with a focus on events scheduled in the coming months, particularly the upcoming soil fertility test program,” Mrs. Prcin said. “The soil fertility test program will offer homeowners, landowners and agriculture producers within the watershed a free soil test. This is particularly exciting because it is important, for both economic and environmental reasons, to apply fertilizer at rates needed by the soil and not in excess.”

There also will be a discussion about Phase 1 of a new septic system program and what future opportunities it may bring to the citizens of the watershed.

“The partnership is a voluntary group of local stakeholders that have been working to improve and protect the water quality in the Lampasas River watershed,” Mrs. Prcin said. “We are able to facilitate the partnership thanks to program funding provided through a Clean Water Act non-point source grant from the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.”

A meeting agenda can be found at http:// lampasasriver.org/.

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