Plum Creek (Segment 1810) rises in Hays County and flows southeast to its confluence with the San Marcos River. The Plum Creek watershed covers 288,240 acres primarily in Caldwell County, and includes portions of Hays and Travis Counties.
Based on the 2004 303(d) List, Plum Creek is impaired due to bacteria and is also listed as having concerns for nutrient enrichment by nitrate, and orthophosphorus. Through the TSSWCB led Regional Watershed Coordination Steering Committee, Plum Creek was identified as a prime candidate for the development of a stakeholder driven watershed protection plan (WPP). Through a collaborative effort between TSSWCB, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Texas AgriLife Extension, and the US Environmental Protection Agency, the "Plum Creek Watershed Protection Plan" was developed in February 2008.
Nonpoint source pollution is considered a significant contributor to water quality issues in Plum Creek. Based on information gathered in the watershed and through discussions with local stakeholders, key potential pollutant contributors were determined to be urban runoff, wastewater, agriculture, and non-domestic animals (feral hogs). Implementation of the WPP is underway to coordinate the implementation, implement agricultural components of the WPP, and to monitor Surface Water Quality in the Watershed.
Guadalupe Blanco River Authority has received a CWA Section 319(h) grant to hire a local watershed coordinator to provide support and facilitate the Plum Creek Watershed Partnership in implementation of management measures to improve water quality, develop proposals to acquire funding for implementation of management measures, manage and track implementation project as well as encourage adoption of best management practices. The project continues to support the Plum Creek Watershed Partnership in their efforts to deliver educational programs, manage and track implementation projects, and seek future funding for watershed projects. For more information about the Plum Creek Watershed Partnership please visit the partnership's website, http://plumcreek.tamu.edu Also, you can find the current project workplan here: 14-10.
Implementing Agricultural Nonpoint Source Components of the WPP
The Caldwell Travis Soil and Water Conservation District has received a Clean Water Act Section 319(h) grant to hire a technician that will provide technical assistance to agricultural producers within the watershed. The project provides agricultural producers in the Plum Creek watershed with an opportunity to participate in water quality educational activities and receive technical and financial assistance for the development of Water Quality Management Plans (WQMPs) and implementation of best management practices (BMPs). For more information about Water Quality Management Plans please visit the WQMP webpage here. To see the current TSSWCB project workplan, click here.
Surface Water Quality Monitoring in the Plum Creek Watershed
Guadalupe Blanco River Authority currently conducts Surface Water Quality Montoring in the watershed through a CWA Section 319(h) grant from the TSSWCB. This project supports the implementation of the Plum Creek Watershed Protection Plan by collecting water quality data of known and acceptable quality for use in evaluating the effectiveness of BMPs, and in assessing water quality improvement and progress in achieving restoration. GBRA communicates water quality conditions to the public and the Plum Creek Watershed Partnership Steering Committee in order to support adaptive management of the Plum Creek WPP and to expand public knowledge on Plum Creek water quality data.