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Coordinated Watershed Protection in Southeast and South Central Texas


What will this project accomplish?
How are stakeholders involved in this project?
Regional Watershed Coordination Steering Committee
Scheduled WCSC Meetings
Meeting Summaries and Presentations
For More Information

What will this project accomplish?

Launched in November 2004, and funded through a CWA §319(h) NPS Grant, TSSWCB has initiated a pilot project providing guidance and technical assistance to local stakeholder groups in developing and implementing Watershed Protection Plans (WPPs) in southeast and south central Texas. This project will serve stakeholder groups in 47 counties comprising 40 Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

How are stakeholders involved in this project?

Stakeholder involvement occurs through two different, yet equally crucial, processes in this project.

First, a Regional Watershed Coordination Steering Committee (WCSC), meeting quarterly, is composed of water quality monitoring and improvement partners from across the service area including other state agencies, federal agencies, river authorities, national estuary programs, and councils of governments. This WCSC is tasked with steering the project toward achievement of successful WPP implementation by providing guidance and direction to the Regional Watershed Coordinator, most significantly by identifying those watersheds most in need of coordinated watershed protection planning.

Second, after the WCSC directs the Regional Watershed Coordinator to a specific watershed, a stakeholder group composed of individuals with a vested interest in water quality in that watershed will be formed. This local watershed action committee will develop a WPP for their watershed with technical assistance from the Regional Watershed Coordinator.

Regional Watershed Coordination Steering Committee

The objectives of the WCSC are described in this abstract (PDF, 27 kB).

Member Name Entity Represented
Jenna Barrett Brazos River Authority
Ray Allen Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program
Lisa Marshall
Galveston Bay Estuary Program

Mike Urrutia
Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority
Todd Running
Houston-Galveston Area Council
Chad Kinsfather
Lavaca-Navidad River Authority
David Cowan Lower Colorado River Authority
Andrew Bruno Lower Neches Valley Authority
Tomas Dominguez USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service - Zone 3
Vacant USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service - Zone 4
Rocky Freund Nueces River Authority
Jerry Wiegreffe
Sabine River Authority
Ernest Moran
San Antonio River Authority
Vacant Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Vacant Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Vacant Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service  
Vacant Texas Department of Agriculture
Hughes Simpson Texas A&M Forest Service
Blake Trandt Texas General Land Office
Cindy Hobson Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Coastal Fisheries
Timothy Birdsong Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Inland Fisheries
Comer Tuck Texas Water Development Board
Kevin Wagner Texas Water Resources Institute


October 2010 (PDF, 704 kB)

July 2007 (PDF, 713 kB)

May 2007 (PDF, 2.05 MB)

March 2007 (PDF, 0.97 MB)

February 2007 (PDF, 1.85 MB)

December 2006 (PDF, 297 kB)

August 2006 (PDF, 399 kB)

July 2006 (PDF, 1.9 MB)

June 2006 (PDF, 324 kB)

May 2006 (PDF, 248 kB)

April 2006 (PDF, 270 kB)

March 2006 (PDF, 249 kB)

Scheduled WCSC Meetings

Thursday, March 9, 2017

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Colorado Agriculture Building
316 Spring Street
Columbus, Texas
Link to Map and Directions

  Meeting Summaries and Presentations 

September 8, 2016

March 10, 2016

September 10, 2015

March 15, 2015

September 4, 2014

June 12, 2014

  March 6, 2014

  December 12, 2013

 September 5, 2013

March 7, 2013

December 13, 2012

September 6, 2012

June 7, 2012

March 15, 2012


December 1, 2011

September 1, 2011

June 2, 2011

March 3, 2011

December 3, 2010

September 2, 2010

June 3, 2010  

March 4, 2010

 December 3, 2009

September 3, 2009 

June 4, 2009 

March 12, 2009

December 11, 2008 

June 12, 2008

March 6, 2008

December 6, 2007

September 6, 2007

June 7, 2007

March 8, 2007

November 2, 2006

June 8, 2006

March 9, 2006

December 15, 2005

November 3, 2005

June 30, 2005

March 10, 2005

For More Information, contact:

For additional information or questions, contact Brian Koch at 979-532-9496, or by e-mail at bkoch [at]

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