Dickinson Bayou: Implementing a Watershed Protection Plan
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.
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.
To find out more about the NPS Program, call 512-239-6682 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.