Conservation Matters February 2012

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Attoyac Bayou partnership March 8 meeting will continue watershed planning

Attoyac BayouThe Attoyac Bayou Watershed Partnership will hold its next meeting March 8 to continue discussions on the development of the Attoyac Bayou watershed protection plan.

The meeting, hosted by the Texas 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 Drive in Nacogdoches. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m.

"Anyone interested in protecting and restoring water quality in the Attoyac Bayou and improving or protecting its watershed is invited to the meeting," said Crispin Skinner, Prairie View A&M University Cooperative Extension Program agriculture and natural resources agent for Nacogdoches County.

"The meeting will focus on continuing discussions on developing the watershed protection plan," said Lucas GregoryTexas Water Resources Institute project manager. "Specifically, this meeting will include a presentation comparing stream flow to monitored water-quality data, an overview of potential management practices to consider including in the plan, the presentation of initial SELECT model outputs, and the distribution of several draft chapters of the watershed protection plan."

Gregory said model inputs were the primary topic of discussion at the Dec. 8 meeting.

"The decisions made at that meeting were fed directly into this model, and the draft outputs that will be presented are a direct reflection of the input provided by partnership members," he said.

Anthony Castilaw of Catislaw Environmental Services, Attoyac Bayou watershed coordinator, said the content of this meeting will build off of previous meetings and get the partnership one step closer to the goal of developing an effective watershed protection plan for the Attoyac Bayou.

"The information presented here was developed using local watershed information and provides useful guidance for further fleshing out the watershed protection plan," Skinner added. "The thing stakeholders need to remember is that this plan will only be as good as the information that goes into its development. Continued local participation in this process is critical."

Several chapters of the Attoyac Bayou Watershed Protection Plan, including the "Watershed Management Approach," "Watershed History," "Watershed Characteristics" and "Watershed Source Survey," will be distributed at this meeting.

"We want partnership members to review them at their leisure and have time to provide comments to project personnel so they can be addressed in a timely fashion," Skinner said. "As always, watershed stakeholders are strongly urged to attend all partnership meetings and become directly involved in this process. These meetings provide a direct opportunity to participate in developing the watershed protection plan and ensure that it meets local needs."

Funding for the development and support of the Attoyac Bayou 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.

For more information, see attoyac.tamu.edu, or contact Gregory at lfgregory@ag.tamu.edu or 979.845.7869.

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