The unified LSHS Program will bring the amassed body of work together under the umbrella of the Lone Star Healthy Streams Program and provide a coordinated and comprehensive education program designed to increase awareness of the bacteria issues associated with grazing and dairy cattle, poultry, horses, and feral hogs; and encourage voluntary implementation of BMPs to reduce the runoff of bacteria which will ultimately lead to improved water quality.
Project Goals/Objectives: The goal of this project is to promote healthy watersheds and improve water quality through delivery of the Lone Star Healthy Streams program, using both local and distance education in targeted watersheds across the state. This will be accomplished through the education of Texas livestock and poultry producers and land managers on how to best protect Texas waterways from bacterial contributions associated with the production of livestock and poultry. In addition, this project aims to better understand the barriers and factors associated with the adoption and implementation of BMPs known to reduce bacterial contamination in waterways and develop recommendations for enhanced landowner participation.
Project Location: Statewide
Project Costs: Federal ($318,056); Non Federal Match ($212,116); Total Project: ($530,172)
Project Participant(s): TSSWCB, Texas Water Resources Institute, Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications at Texas A&M University, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University
Project Website: www.lshs.tamu.edu
Project Workplan: 15-06
Previous Projects: 12-08
Final Reports: 12-08, 15-06: Under development