Project Goals/Objectives: As identified during development of the WPP, nonpoint agricultural sources of pollutant loading may be addressed by implementing BMPs on agricultural operations. Agricultural producers, along with SWCDs, TSSWCB and NRCS, have been collaborating to protect the natural resources in Texas for decades. Through the TSSWCB’s WQMP Program, farmers and ranchers routinely implement BMPs on their land utilizing financial and technical assistance programs of SWCDs who receive state and federal funds from TSSWCB, EPA, and NRCS. A WQMP is a site-specific plan developed through, and approved by, SWCDs which includes appropriate land treatment practices, production practices, management measures, and technologies that prevent and abate agricultural and silvicultural nonpoint source pollution. The BMPs prescribed in a WQMP are defined in the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide. SWCDs provide technical assistance to producers seeking to develop a WQMP. TSSWCB and NRCS have various financial assistance programs that help producers implement a WQMP. Because of this, and similar programs, the State of Texas has been able to demonstrate major successes in the improvement of water quality conditions through on-the-ground conservation results.
This project will provide needed support for a SWCD Technician to be hired to initiate and support the implementation of this agricultural management measure identified in the WPP. To date, implementation has focused on the delivery of educational programs in and near the watershed that focus on pertinent natural resource issues such as coping with feral hogs, general watershed and water quality education, and livestock management strategies to protect water quality. This project will build upon those educational efforts and expand the delivery of landscape management education to the watershed’s stakeholder base.
Project Location:The Attoyac Bayou Watershed upstream of Sam Rayburn Reservoir in San Augustine, Nacogdoches, Shelby and Rusk Counties.
Project Costs: Federal ($153,494);Total ($153,494)
Project Participant(s): Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB), Nacogdoches Soil and Water Conservation District #401, Piney Woods SWCD (#429), Shelby SWCD (#449), Rusk SWCD (#447), United States Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Texas Water Resources Institute and Castilaw Environmental Services, LLC, Attoyac Bayou Watershed Partnership
Project Workplan: 16-08
Project Final Report: Under development