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Implementation of Best Management Practices to Reduce Agricultural Nonpoint Source Pollution in Support of the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Protection Plan

Project Goals/Objectives: TSSWCB will administer federal CWA §319(h) funds through the HRO to provide technical assistance to agricultural producers in developing and implementing WQMPs in the Arroyo Colorado watershed. HRO will develop plans and assist producers in acquiring financial incentives for the implementation of BMPs. This project will improve and enhance the abilities of HRO, in coordination with the local SWCDs, to assist area landowners in preventing and abating agricultural nonpoint source pollution.

The HRO, with assistance from NRCS, will assist landowners in applying for and obtaining financial incentives to aid in implementation of BMPs prescribed in WQMPs. HRO will annually conduct status reviews on all WQMPs developed and certified through the course of this project and on existing WQMPs in the watershed to ensure that the landowners implement BMPs as specified and agreed to in the WQMP implementation schedule. The HRO will track utilization of obligated financial incentives and assist landowners in utilizing obligated funds on schedule. HRO will develop a final report which describes the success of the project including WQMPs developed, BMPs implemented, and financial incentives obligated and utilized.

Project Location: Arroyo Colorado Watershed located within Hidalgo, Cameron and Willacy Counties

Project Partners: TSSWCB, TSSWCB HRO, Southmost SWCD, Hidalgo SWCD, Willacy SWCD, NRCS, and Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership

Project Cost: Federal ($242,700); Non-Federal ($0): Total ($242,700)

Project Workplan: 23-05

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