Lampasas River Watershed Partnership meeting to discuss conservation assistance

LAMPASAS — A meeting of the Lampasas River Watershed Partnership will be held from 6-8 p.m. on May 21 at the Lampasas County Farm Bureau Building, 1793 U.S. Highway 281, Lampasas.

“At the meeting, individuals will receive an update on the progress made on implementing the watershed protection plan over the past year,” said Lisa Prcin, Texas A&M AgriLife Research associate, Temple.

“Jacki Bakker, the newly hired technician by the Hill Country Soil and Water Conservation District, will be on hand to discuss the new project with the district. The project offers technical and financial assistance to landowners within the watershed for the development and implementation of water quality management plans in the watershed.”

Prcin said Dr. Matt Berg, an AgriLife Research postdoctoral research associate, College Station, will also be at the meeting to present results from a study that evaluated historical changes in the landscape from the 1930s to 2012.

The meeting is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be served, Prcin said.

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, according to Prcin. The Lampasas River watershed includes parts of Mills, Hamilton, Lampasas, Coryell, Burnet, Bell and Williamson counties.

The Lampasas River Watershed Partnership is facilitated by the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Temple and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board. Members of the partnership include area residents and other stakeholders from across the watershed, Prcin said.

“The Partnership has worked diligently to develop a watershed protection plan to address water quality concerns within the watershed by evaluating water quality issues and making recommendations for voluntary pollutant load reductions and management measures,” she said.

More information about the Partnership and a digital copy of the watershed protection plan can be found at , or by contacting Prcin at 254-774-6008 or .

The facilitation of the Lampasas River Watershed Partnership and development of the watershed protection plan is funded by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board through a Clean Water Act grant from the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board.

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