Project Goals/Objectives: This project will extend statewide implementation of the TWON program, which builds institutional and local capacity to improve and protect both well water and surface water quality by improving awareness of water quality issues and increasing knowledge of BMPs. The training includes methods for safeguarding well water quality for landowners and their families and others relying on the availability of high-quality groundwater stored by aquifers. Because improved understanding of water quality, human impacts and management practices to improve well and surface water quality will help to forestall off-site transport of fecal indicator bacteria and nutrients to surface waters, TWON is an effective tool to bring to bear in WPP and TMDL implementation where investigations indicate bacterial and nutrient contributions. The program is delivered through (1) “Well Educated” programs of 4-6 hours, (2) “Well Informed” programs of 1-2 hours, and (3) evaluation of the program so that needed modifications and improvements can be made. Both versions of the program include opportunities for participants to have a water well sample screened for bacteria, nitrate and total dissolved solids (TDS).
Project Location: Statewide
Project Cost: Federal ($556,068); Non-Federal ($370,712)
Project Partners: TSSWCB, TWRI, Texas AgriLife Extension Service-Department of Soil and Crop Sciences (SCSC), Texas AgriLife Extension Service-Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering (BAEN), Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) and the Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts
Project Workplan: 20-03
Project Website: http://twon.tamu.edu/