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Cypress Creek: Developing a Watershed Protection Plan

A project to develop a WPP for Cypress Creek, a tributary of the Blanco River.


Cypress Creek originates in western Hays County and flows into the Blanco River. Jacob's Well, an artesian spring, contributes perennial flow to Cypress Creek. Flow from the spring is critical for maintaining adequate dissolved oxygen levels in the creek.

Concerns about possible loss of flow from Jacob's Well and increases in bacteria and nutrient levels in Cypress Creek led local stakeholders to pursue development of a watershed protection plan (WPP).

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Project Description

This project developed a WPP for Cypress Creek in two phases.

In Phase I, completed in November 2010, a stakeholder group formed, staff completed a characterization of the watershed, and stakeholders agreed on a decision-support system for selecting management measures to address water quality concerns.

In Phase II, completed in 2013, the stakeholders completed their WPP for improving the creek. EPA accepted the WPP in

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For More Information

To find out more about the NPS Program, call 512-239-6682, or e-mail us at

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