New Waves April 2010

Breaking news about water resources research and education in Texas

New TWRI projects

The Texas Water Resources Institute recently acquired funding for the following new projects:

  • Statewide Implementation of Lone Star Healthy Streams The Lone Star Healthy Streams Program will bring work done on other, separate projects together under the umbrella of the Lone Star Healthy Streams Program and provide a coordinated and comprehensive education program designed to increase awareness of the bacteria issues associated with grazing and dairy cattle, poultry, horses, and feral hogs; and encourage voluntary implementation of BMPs to reduce the runoff of bacteria which will ultimately lead to improved water quality. Principal Collaborators: Texas Water Resources Institute, Texas AgriLife Research, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, USDA Agricultural Research Services, Welder Wildfie Foundation. Funding Agencies: Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Environmental Effects of In House Windrow Composting (IWC) of Poultry Litter In recent years, poultry production has significantly expanded in Falls, Limestone, and surrounding counties. Litter (a combination of bedding material and manure) from these facilities is often applied to nearby land, resulting in runoff with high bacterial and nutrient content. This project will evaluate and demonstrate the potential benefits of in-house windrow composting as a best management practice to improve water quality of runoff. Principal Collaborators: Texas Water Resources Institute, Texas AgriLife Research, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, USDA Agricultural Research Service. Funding Agencies: Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Implementing the Pecos River Watershed Protection Plan through Invasive Species Control (Saltcedar) and by providing Technical and Financial Assistance to Reduce Agricultural Nonpoint Source Pollution and Implementing the Pecos River Watershed Protection Plan through Continuous Water Quality Monitoring and Dissolved Oxygen Modeling The two projects are working to implement the actions in the Watershed Protection Plan for the Pecos River to restore and improve water quality. Principal Collaborators: Texas Water Resources Institute, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas Forest Service, Upper Pecos and Crocket Soil and Water conservation Districts, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Funding Agencies: Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Carter Creek TMDL Implementation Plan Development Carters Creek and Burton Creek, located in central Brazos County, are not meeting their designated contact recreation use standards due to elevated levels of E. coli bacteria. In this project, the Texas Water Resources Institute is developing a TMDL Imple­mentation Plan (I-Plan), which will describe pollution control measures needed to restore water quality in Carters and Burton creeks. Principal Collaborators: Texas Water Resources Institute, Texas Institute for applied Environmental Research. Funding Agency: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

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