The unified LSHS Program will bring the amassed body of work 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.
This project will continue and expand by:
Compiling the amassed body of work already developed through various TSSWCB and AgriLife Extension projects;
Developing standardized educational Resource Manuals on bacteria issues and BMPs for addressing bacteria runoff from grazing and dairy cattle, poultry, horses, and feral hogs;
Developing standardized educational presentations, for in-person LSHS Program delivery, on bacteria issues and BMPs for addressing bacteria runoff from grazing and dairy cattle, poultry, horses, and feral hogs; and
Developing an interactive website to disseminate the educational manuals and presentations assembled for grazing and dairy cattle, poultry, horses, and feral hogs.
Project Goals/Objectives: The goal of this project is to reduce the amount of bacteria entering Texas waterbodies from the major classes of livestock. To accomplish this, the Lone Star Healthy Streams (LSHS) education program will be expanded through integration of grazing cattle, horse, poultry, dairy cattle, and feral hog components into a synergistic, industry endorsed LSHS Program ready for statewide delivery.
Project Location: Statewide
Project Costs: Federal ($379,601); Non Federal Match ($253,219); Total Project: ($632,820)
Project Participant(s): TSSWCB, Texas Water Resources Institute, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, area SWCDs, Natural Resource Conservation Service, LSHS Program Development Committee and LSHS Steering Committee.
Project Website: http://lshs.tamu.edu
Project Workplan: 09-06