Watershed protection plans are coordinated efforts among stakeholders within a watershed to determine and implement a plan to improve water quality issues. These plans are an important part of protecting water quality.
Stakeholders, groups concerned for the area, often include residents of the impacted community, local businesses and representatives of governmental and other agencies that are concerned about the future of the watershed. This group then works with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to develop a plan and formulate programs to manage the identified issue.
The BRA was the lead author on the Lake Granbury, Leon River, and Lake Granger WPPs. The Lake Granbury and Leon River WPPs both address elevated bacteria levels in the watersheds while Lake Granger addresses sediment loading into the reservoir.
The EPA and the TCEQ approved the Lake Granbury Watershed Protection Plan, which was created to address concerns about levels of E. coli found in some of the man-made coves and canals at Lake Granbury. This project is no longer active.
The WPP in the Lake Granger watershed has been fully implemented by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and is no longer active.
Currently, the Brazos River Authority’s environmental team is a stakeholder in the implementation of the Leon River Watershed Protection Plan. The Leon River Watershed Protection Plan came about after water quality reports found E. coli concentrations in the Leon River between Lake Proctor and U.S. Highway 281 exceeded state water quality standards for contact recreation.
The BRA also participates as a stakeholder in various plans being led by other entities throughout the Brazos River basin, including the Lampasas River, Navasota River, Middle Yegua Creek, Davidson Creek and Deer Creek, and Big Elm Creek WPPs.
See a full list of watershed-based plans here. And check out the EPA’s handbook for developing watershed plans to restore and protect our waters here.
To learn more about implementation activities related to Leon River WPP, go here.
To learn more about the Lampasas River WPP, go here.
To learn more about the Middle Yegua Creek, Davidson Creek and Deer Creek WP, go here.
To learn more about the Big Elm Creek WPP, go here.