Draft plan to improve Attoyac Bayou water quality focus of April 3 meeting in Nacogdoches

NACOGDOCHES – The Attoyac Bayou Watershed Partnership will meet April 3 to discuss comments received from watershed stakeholders on the first draft of the Attoyac Bayou watershed protection plan.

The meeting, hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, will be from 6-8 p.m. at the Nacogdoches County Farm Bureau Conference Facility, 2302 NW. Stallings Dr. in Nacogdoches.

Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m.

There will be an Attoyac Bayou partnership meeting held April 3 in Nacogdoches (Texas Water Resources Institute)

There will be an Attoyac Bayou Watershed Partnership meeting held the evening of April 3 in Nacogdoches. (Texas Water Resources Institute)

“This meeting will focus on discussing comments received on the draft plan to reduce bacteria loading into the Attoyac Bayou,” said Anthony Castilaw of Castilaw Environmental Services,  Attoyac Bayou watershed coordinator. “The draft was released to watershed partnership members on Feb. 20 for review with comments being accepted through March 21.”

Lucas Gregory, a Texas Water Resources Institute project specialist, said initial responses to the comments received will be discussed with partnership members to ensure that the responses appropriately reflect the partnership’s views.

The Texas Water Resources Institute is part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, AgriLife Extension and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University.

“This plan belongs to the partnership and the review process held during this meeting will ensure that this ownership is sustained,” Gregory said. “At the end of the meeting, the goal is to have a draft watershed plan that is ready for public comment. Partnership members will decide if that is the case.”

The Texas Water Resources Institute is cooperating with the Angelina-Neches River Authority, Castilaw Environmental Services, Stephen F. Austin State University and Texas A&M AgriLife Research to carry out this program.

Funding for the development and support of the Attoyac Bayou Watershed Protection Plan is provided in part through a Clean Water Act  nonpoint source pollution grant provided by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

For more information, see the project website: http://attoyac.tamu.edu/ or contact Gregory at lfgregory@ag.tamu.edu or 979-845-7869.

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