New Waves December 2009

Breaking news about water resources research and education in Texas

Pecos River Basin Assessment Program moves into implementation phase

A series of public meetings for landowners around the Pecos River in West Texas were recently held to familiarize them with the watershed’s new watershed protection plan and help eligible landowners learn where to apply for the cost-share funding the program provides.

“A Watershed Protection Plan for the Pecos River in Texas” addresses issues in the watershed and recommends voluntary management strategies. The plan is the culmination of the Pecos River Basin Assessment Program, which began in September 2004.

“The objective of the program is to create a long-term, landowner-driven management plan that will restore water quality within the river,” said Gary Bryant, Texas AgriLife Extension Service program specialist and the project's coordinator headquartered at Fort Stockton.

Funding for the program and plan was provided by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with Clean Water Act Section 319(h) nonpoint source grant funds. Collaborators are Texas Water Resources Institute, Texas AgriLife Research, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas Forest Service, USDA - Natural Resource Conservation Service, International Boundary and Water Commission, Upper Pecos Soil and Water Conservation District, Crockett Soil and Water Conservation District and other soil and water conservation districts in the Pecos Basin.

To read the full AgriLife News story, visit here.

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