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August 26, 2011, 9:50pm
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Topics at Watershed Coordination Steering Committee Meeting

COLUMBUS, TEXAS -- The Southeast and South Central Texas Regional Watershed Coordination Steering Committee will meet at 10 a.m. on Sept. 1, 2011, at the Colorado County Agriculture Building in Columbus, Texas.

The Regional Watershed Coordination Steering Committee is composed of about two dozen water quality monitoring and restoration partners, including state and federal agencies, river authorities, national estuary programs and councils of governments. The group provides guidance to the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board on watershed planning activities in 47 counties across southeast and south central Texas.

Topics to be discussed during the meeting include an Inventory of Wetlands in San Antonio Bay; the Value of Coastal Prairie Potholes; the status of Recreational Use Attainability Analyses being conducted across the state; and Clean Water Act §319(h) Nonpoint Source Grant Funding Opportunities.

An inventory of wetlands in San Antonio Bay will be discussed by staff from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Working with the San Antonio Bay Partnership, this project will identify critical wetland habitats in the bay system that have been impacted by human activities and have potential for restoration and protection. The Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program is providing the funding this project.

Coastal prairie potholes around Galveston Bay have been identified as having an impact on water quality and quantity in the bay. Texas Sea Grant staff will present findings on research conducted on these unique wetland systems.

Staff from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will present information on the status of recreational use attainability analyses ongoing across the state. These projects are designed to document the physical characteristics of a stream that promote or hinder contact recreation and to ascertain the actual recreation occurring on a waterbody.

Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board staff will discuss watershed planning priorities in southeast and south central Texas. These priorities will be identified for the agency’s upcoming Request for Proposals for FY2012 Clean Water Act §319(h) grant funding.

“Several watershed planning efforts have already been identified in this area and received grant funding to develop watershed protection plans, including Plum Creek, Geronimo Creek, and Cedar Bayou,” said Brian Koch, Regional Watershed Coordinator with the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board. “The available funding is not limited to plan development, but also directed towards implementation of watershed plans, additional water quality monitoring, and demonstration of techniques that reduce nonpoint source water pollution from agriculture.”

For more information, contact Brian Koch at (979) 533-8836 or bkoch@tsswcb.state.tx.us. Additional information, including meeting materials, is available at http://www.tsswcb.texas.gov/cwp.

The Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board administers Texas’ soil and water conservation law and delivers coordinated natural resource conservation programs through the State’s 216 soil and water conservation districts. The Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board is the lead agency for planning, implementing, and managing programs for preventing and abating agricultural and silvicultural nonpoint sources of water pollution. The agency also administers a water supply enhancement program through the targeted control of water-depleting brush, works to ensure the State’s network of 2,000 flood control dams are protecting lives and property, and facilitates the Texas Invasive Species Coordinating Committee.

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August 26, 2011 9:51pm
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