New Waves May 2010

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Plum Creek initiative wins Envision Central Texas award

The Plum Creek Watershed Partnership, Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority and Texas AgriLife Extension Service were recently awarded a 2010 Envision Central Texas Community Stewardship Award for their public awareness program, "Taking Charge of Water Quality in the Plum Creek Watershed."

The award, announced at a luncheon at the Hilton Austin Hotel on May 7, was presented by Envision Central Texas, a nonprofit promoting regional cooperation and planning to "preserve and enhance the natural resources, economic vitality, social equity and overall quality of living in Central Texas," according to organization materials.

The campaign was chosen from numerous submissions received from throughout the five-county Central Texas statistical area of Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties.

"Awareness efforts have included educating city and county officials, residents, business and community leaders and other stakeholders in the Plum Creek Watershed," said Nikki Dictson, program coordinator with AgriLife Extension.

Dictson said the campaign's public awareness and education efforts address a variety water quality issues, including potential sources of bacteria, non-beneficial nutrients and pollutants, as well as wastewater treatment, storm water and storm drain management, urban growth issues, pet waste cleanup and disposal, illegal dumping, and the proper use and disposal of hazardous chemicals.

"The majority of these awareness efforts relate to water quality impacts through everyday actions by individuals at home or work, such as disposal of waste or chemicals," Dictson said.

Read the full article from AgriLife News here.

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