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Water Quality Monitoring in the Geronimo Creek Watershed and Facilitation of the Geronimo and Alligator Creeks Watershed Partnership

Project Background: In 2007, the TSSWCB Regional Watershed Coordination Steering Committee, using established criteria, ranked Geronimo Creek in the top 3 watersheds for selection of WPP development. The TSSWCB project 08-06 entitled, Development of a Watershed Protection Plan for Geronimo Creek, was begun in June 2008. The project included water quality monitoring, water quality modeling and WPP development. The development of the WPP for Geronimo and Alligator Creeks has been a stakeholder driven process lead by Extension with support from the GBRA. The Geronimo and Alligator Creeks Watershed Partnership (the Partnership) Steering Committee includes local officials, land and business owners and citizens and is supported by state and federal agency partners. With technical assistance from project staff, the Steering Committee has identified issues that are of particular importance to the surrounding communities, and has contributed information on land uses and activities that has been helpful in identifying the sources of nutrient and bacterial impairments, and in guiding the development of the WPP.

Project Objective:Maintaining an effective monitoring program will provide critical water quality data that will be used to judge the effectiveness of WPP implementation efforts and serve as a tool to quantitatively measure water quality restoration. This effort will continue stakeholder engagement through semi-annual newsletters, maintaining the project website, and hosting Partnership Steering Committee and work group meetings. Continuing these efforts is critical to effectively bridging the gap between projects that developed the Geronimo Creek WPP and beginning WPP implementation efforts.

Project Participants: TSSWCB and GBRA

Project Costs: Federal: $292, 421, Non-Federal: 191,435, Total: $483,856

Project Workplan: 11-06

Project QAPP: 11-06

Project WebsiteGeronimo and Alligator Creeks Watershed Protection Plan website

Final Report11-06

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