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Ellis-Prairie SWCD Water Quality Project

This project will address sediment, nutrient, and pesticide runoff in the four main public surface water supplies in the Richland and Chambers Creeks Watershed (Bardwell Reservoir, Richland Chambers Reservoir, Lake Navarro Mills, and Lake Waxahachie).

Best management practices (BMPs) to reduce the runoff will be implemented through the development of Water Quality Management Plans (WQMPs). The objective of WQMP implementation is to achieve a level of pollution prevention or abatement determined to be consistent with State water quality standards.  Highest priorities will be given to the implementation of cost effective pollution abatement practices.  The TSSWCB and SWCDs will determine which landowners receive technical assistance for the development
and implementation of WQMPs.  Potential BMPs may include:

  • Filter Strips
  • Critical Area Planting
  • Terraces and grassed waterways
  • Grade Stabilization Structure
  • Pasture and Hayland Planting
  • Pest and Nutrient Management

Project Goals/Objectives: This project will provide producers with an opportunity to participate in water quality educational activities, technical assistance, and financial assistance to implement Best Management Practices to reduce the runoff of sediment, nutrients, and pesticides.

Project Location: Lake Waxahachie, Segment 0816; Bardwell Reservoir, Segment 0815; Richland Chambers Reservoir, Segment 0836; and Navarro Mills Reservoir, Segment 0817

Project Costs: Federal ($433,700); Non Federal Match ($304,500); Total Project ($738,200)

Project Participant(s): TSSWCB and Ellis-Prairie SWCD

Project Workplan:  05-03

Project Final Report:  05-03

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