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Dickinson Bayou: Implementing a Watershed Protection Plan

Implementation and demonstration of best management practices under the Dickinson Bayou WPP. Practices include water-smart landscaping, low-impact development, and on-site septic system maintenance and design.

Background

Dickinson Bayou (Segments 1103 and 1104) has been impaired for bacteria and depressed dissolved oxygen since 1996. As a result, the bayou does not currently fulfill its aquatic-life or contact-recreation uses, creating environmental and public-health concerns. In 2004, the Dickinson Bayou Watershed Partnership formally came together through a shared interest in preserving and enhancing the natural integrity of the watershed. The Partnership completed a watershed-protection plan (WPP) in the spring of 2009. The WPP is currently under revision to incorporate new information developed in conjunction with a recent total maximum daily load for bacteria.

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Project Description

The primary goal of this project was to implement and demonstrate effective best management practices (BMPs) within the Dickinson Bayou watershed. Water-smart landscaping and low-impact development (LID) education were promoted through installation of two water-smart demonstration landscapes and two LID demonstration sites. Workshops about proper maintenance of on-site sewage facilities (such as septic tanks) were held, and a hazard map developed. The use of wetlands was promoted by working with local stormwater authorities and installing a stormwater-treatment wetland.

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For More Information

To find out more about the NPS Program, call 512-239-6682 or e-mail us at nps@tceq.texas.gov.

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