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Development of a Synergistic, Comprehensive Statewide Lone Star Healthy Streams Program

K. Wagner, L. Redmon, J. Peterson

The Texas Water Resources Institute, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, and Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board worked with the livestock industry, natural resource agencies, soil and water conservation districts, and landowners to expand the Lone Star Healthy Streams Program and establish it as the State’s mechanism to 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.

Through this project, an online bibliography consisting of approximately 600 papers on BMP effectiveness for reducing bacteria was developed and made accessible to the public. These studies along with educational material developed by Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and AgriLife Extension projects were used to develop five standardized resource manuals and five presentations on bacteria issues and associated BMPs for four major classes of livestock as well as feral hogs.

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