Lampasas River Watershed Partnership meeting set for July 25 in Lampasas

LAMPASAS – The Lampasas River Watershed Partnership welcomes the public to participate in a stakeholder meeting July 25 in Lampasas.

The meeting will be hosted by Texas A&M AgriLife Research at the Lampasas County Farm Bureau Building, 1793 U.S. Highway 281.

Sign-in begins at 5:30 p.m., and the meeting will start at 6 p.m. Partnership meetings are free and open to the public. 

The Partnership formed in 2009 and is a group of local stakeholders who voluntarily work to improve and protect water quality of the Lampasas River Watershed.

The meeting will begin with an update of project activities within the watershed by Lisa Prcin, AgriLife Research associate and Lampasas River watershed coordinator. Prcin’s presentation will be followed by discussion from members of the partnership and the steering committee about revisions to the partnership ground rules and reorganization of the steering committee. 

“The current 15-member steering committee was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Lampasas River Watershed Protection plan, but recently voted to reorganize and simplify the structure to a 7-member board,” Prcin said.

Vacancies on the steering committee include one agriculture producer, one wildlife manager, three at-large positions and a position for one representative from county or city governments. Stakeholders who live or work in the Lampasas River watershed and are interested in serving on the steering committee should contact Prcin by July 22. 

“The Lampasas River watershed is undergoing a period of growth with many residents new to the watershed and the watershed protection planning process,”Prcin said. “If you live or work in the Lampasas River watershed and have a desire to join the wonderful community of stakeholders working to restore water quality in the Lampasas River and its tributaries, this is a meeting you should attend.”

The watershed encompasses approximately 1,250 square miles and includes portions of Mills, Hamilton, Lampasas, Coryell, Burnet, Bell and Williamson counties. 

For a map of the watershed and more information on how you can help restore and protect the Lampasas River, go to http://www.lampasasriver.org/.  You can also email Lisa Prcin at lprcin@brc.tamus.edu or call 254-774-6008

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

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