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Coordinating Facilitation and Implementation of the Attoyac Bayou Watershed Protection Plan and Monitoring Implementation Effectiveness

The watershed coordinator will also focus on facilitating and supporting effective implementation of the WPP. This will be accomplished by continuing to work with watershed stakeholders to identify specific implementation needs across the watershed. Support will also be provided to assist stakeholders acquire the needed funds to implement the plan. Maintaining contact with parties implementing aspects of the WPP and documenting implementation success will also be critical. This successful implementation of the plan will also be relayed to watershed stakeholders and agencies alike.

Coordinating the delivery of education and outreach programming will also be carried out. The watershed coordinator will work with local entities to schedule programs such that they do not oversaturate stakeholders with information at any specific time. Evolving educational needs will also be noted and efforts will be made to address those needs if possible. When pertinent, news releases, newsletters, and email updates will be provided to update stakeholders on implementation progress being made across the watershed.

In support of other WPP implementation activities funded with separate resources; instream water quality monitoring will be conducted to document BMP implementation effectiveness. The SFASU WET Center will coordinate with ANRA to conduct targeted water quality monitoring across the watershed to document implementation impacts on instream water quality that complements existing Clean Rivers Program monitoring. Monthly monitoring will be carried out at five locations across the watershed where ANRA has monitored in the past. Water samples collected will be delivered to ANRA for Nitrate-N, Nitrite-N, Ammonia-N, Total Phosphorus, Chloride, Sulfate, Total Suspended Solids, Total Dissolved Solids, and E. coli. Field parameters including pH, dissolved oxygen, temperature, conductivity and stream flow volume will also be collected during each sampling event. 

Lastly, the watershed coordinator will also evaluate the overall progress made toward WPP implementation. In the final year of this project, an implementation report will be developed and the WPP will be updated as needed through the adaptive management process. These documents will describe all activities carried out through this and other implementation projects and will serve as the project final report.

Project Location: The Attoyac Bayou Watershed upstream of Sam Rayburn Reservoir in San Augustine, Nacogdoches, Shelby and Rusk Counties.

Project Costs: Federal ($249,902);Total ($416,516)

Project Workplan:  16-12

Project QAPP: 16-12

 

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