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All Nonpoint Source Projects

All NPS projects in alphabetical order by title
Title Description
Arroyo Colorado Watershed Protection Plan Implementation: Tracking and Inventory of Septic Systems Texas Water Resources Institute is developing a watershed-wide septic system database.
Arroyo Colorado Watershed Protection Plan Update A completed project that updated aspects of the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Protection Plan (WPP).
Arroyo Colorado Watershed: Continuing Coordination Two projects that supported the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership and its implementation efforts through February 2020.
Arroyo Colorado: Coordinating Watershed Protection Plan Implementation A grant-supported project to hire and pay a watershed coordinator to facilitate the implementation of the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Protection Plan.
Arroyo Colorado: Implementing Low Impact Development (LID) Practices, Phase 1 A project that implemented the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Protection Plan (WPP) by funding low impact development (LID) projects in various cities in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
Arroyo Colorado: Implementing Low Impact Development (LID) Practices, Phase 2 A project to fund additional LID projects in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, implementing part of the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Protection Plan (WPP)
Arroyo Colorado: Implementing Low Impact Development (LID) Practices, Phase 3 Texas A&M University at Kingsville implemented part of the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Protection Plan (WPP) by funding a third set of LID projects in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
Arroyo Colorado: Improving the McAllen Stormwater Facilities Texas A&M University at Kingsville installed and monitored improvements at three regional stormwater detention facilities (RSDFs) in the City of McAllen.
Arroyo Colorado: Los Fresnos Nature Park LID and Wetland Enhancement Texas Water Resources Institute installed several low impact development features at a nature park, monitored stormwater features at nearby Los Fresnos High School, and used native vegetation to improve the function of a stormwater wetland.
Arroyo Colorado: Monitoring Low Impact Development Techniques Texas A&M University at Kingsville will conduct water quality monitoring to determine the effectiveness of bioswales and bioretention systems.
Bastrop Bayou: Implementing a Watershed Protection Plan Continued development and implementation efforts of the Bastrop Bayou Watershed Protection Plan (WPP), including identifying implementation opportunities, replacing malfunctioning residential septic systems, and outreach and education.
Big Elm Creek: Developing a Watershed Protection Plan This project will develop a watershed protection plan (WPP) for Big Elm Creek.
Brady Creek Watershed: Hydrodynamic Separator and Public Outreach Upper Colorado River Authority is implementing best management practices to remove debris, sediment, and oil and grease from storm water in the City of Brady, and promote the restoration of Brady Creek.
Brady Creek: Developing a Watershed Protection Plan A project that developed a watershed protection plan for Brady Creek in the city of Brady, which is within the Colorado River Basin.
Caddo Lake: Developing a Watershed Protection Plan A project to develop a Watershed Protection Plan (WPP) for Caddo Lake in northeast Texas.
Carters Creek TMDL Data Project The Texas Water Resources Institute conducted water quality monitoring and gathered information on sources of bacteria in Carters Creek to inform and refine strategies in the Carters Creek Total Maximum Daily Load Implementation Plan.
Carters Creek: Implementing Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) A completed project to gather additional information about water quality in Carters Creek and its tributaries, and about potential sources of bacteria in the watershed, to help stakeholders target and refine strategies of the Carters Creek Total Maximum Daily Load Implementation Plan.
City of Austin: Lawn and Garden Chemical Education The City of Austin conducted a multimedia advertising campaign to educate the public on the proper use of lawn and garden chemicals.
Clear Creek Tidal: Implementing TMDLs through Low Impact Development in League City This grant-supported project installed low impact development (LID) features in League City to support the TMDL Implementation Plan (I-Plan) for Clear Creek Tidal.
Coastal Communities Water Quality Education and Outreach A project to provide coordinated, comprehensive outreach campaigns in six communities in the coastal zone of Texas to reduce fecal bacteria pollution.
Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments: On-Site Sewage Facilities A multi-phase project to reduce pollution from on-site sewage facilities (septic systems) in the Texas Coastal Zone
Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments: On-Site Sewage Facilities Phase II A project that extended Phase I efforts to reduce pollution from septic systems in targeted coastal Texas counties.
Colorado River Below E.V. Spence Reservoir: Implementing Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) As part of implementing the total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) adopted by the Commision for this Colorado River segment, the Railroad Commission evaluated data from two sites, Ballinger and Wendkirk, to design, and determine where to locate, recovery systems that will reduce saline groundwater flows to the Colorado River.
Colorado River Below E.V. Spence: Investigating Sources of Chloride and Total Dissolved Solids The Upper Colorado River Authority is conducting a field study to identify the source of increasing salt content (chloride and total dissolved solids concentrations) in the Colorado River below E.V. Spence Reservoir.
Colorado River below Lady Bird Lake: Alluvium Case Study of Pathogens The Texas Water Resources Institute investigated pathogen movement between the Colorado River below Lady Bird Lake and its adjacent alluvial aquifer.
Comal River and Dry Comal Creek: Watershed Protection Plan Development The City of New Braunfels developed a watershed protection plan for Dry Comal Creek and the Comal River in two phases: characterization and watershed protection plan development.
Composted Manure Incentive Project A project in the North Bosque and Leon River watersheds that provided incentives for composting manure from dairy farms and exporting it from those watersheds for beneficial use.
Composting System to Control Water Hyacinth A Nonpoint Source Program (NPS) project to test and demonstrate large-scale composting to control invasive water hyacinth.
Continuous Water Quality and Discharge Monitoring at Selected Sites in Texas For this project, the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Texas Water Science Center monitored water quality continuously at selected sites on the Rio Grande and the Pecos and North Bosque rivers.
Cypress Creek in the Guadalupe River Basin: Developing a Watershed Protection Plan A grant-supported project to develop a watershed protection plan (WPP) for Cypress Creek, a tributary of the Blanco River within the larger Guadalupe River watershed.
Cypress Creek in the San Jacinto River Basin: Developing a Watershed Protection Plan A grant-supported project to develop a watershed protection plan for Cypress Creek, Segment 1009, in northwestern Harris County.
Cypress Creek Watershed Protection Plan Implementation: Education and Outreach The Meadows Center will implement watershed wide education and outreach programs in coordination with stakeholder committees.
Cypress Creek: Implementing a Watershed Protection Plan with Low Impact Development Demonstration and Guidance The Meadows Center installed low impact development (LID), recommended stormwater related ordinance updates, and improved LID proposal review processes as part of the initial implementation of the Cypress Creek Watershed Protection Plan.
Dickinson Bayou: Implementing a Watershed Protection Plan A project that implemented and demonstrated best management practices from the Dickinson Bayou Watershed Protection Plan (WPP). Practices included water-smart landscaping, low-impact development, and septic system maintenance and design.
Dickinson Bayou: Meeting the Requirements for a Watershed-Based Plan A grant-supported project that supplemented the existing total maximum daily load implementation plan (TMDL I-Plan) and a draft watershed protection plan (WPP) for Dickinson Bayou by developing a document to bridge differences in the TMDL I-Plan and draft WPP from the federal requirements for a watershed protection plan (WPP).
Dry Comal Creek and Comal River Watershed Protection Plan Implementation: Outreach and Monitoring in New Braunfels A project to implement best management practices to reduce pollutant loadings from urban wildlife and stormwater.
Effectiveness of Compost and Mulch Practices for Erosion Control in a Reclaimed Rock Quarry Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research compared the effectiveness of applying compost and mulch to control erosion and improve water quality through the establishment of vegetative cover.
Galveston Bay Low Impact Development The Bayou Preservation Association implemented low impact development practices and quantified reductions in nonpoint source pollutants through monitoring and modeling.
Geronimo and Alligator Creeks Watershed Protection Plan Implementation: Environmental Education and Bacteria Source Tracking A project to expand education activities and conduct targeted monitoring.
Geronimo Creek: Implementing Education Measures in a Watershed Protection Plan A project that developed educational programs about nonpoint source pollution and gave on-site demonstrations of best management practices (BMPs), including Low Impact Development (LID) features at the Seguin Outdoor Learning Center.
Geronimo Creek: Implementing Septic System Measures in a Watershed Protection Plan The City of Seguin implemented management measures of the Geronimo and Alligator Creeks Watershed Protection Plan (WPP) by decommissioning failing septic systems and extending sewer service to some areas.
Gilleland Creek Stormwater Retrofits The University of Texas monitored the effectiveness of a stormwater detention basin retrofit in reducing bacteria pollution in Gilleland Creek.
Guadalupe-Blanco River: Continuous Water Quality Monitoring Installation and operation of additional stations to continuously monitor water quality; establishment of real-time monitoring displays at public locations in the watershed.
Halls Bayou-Westfield Estates: Watershed Protection Plan Implementation Houston-Galveston Area Council implemented low-flow water devices, a pet-waste program, and outreach for managing on-site wastewater facilities in Westfield Estates.
Healthy Lawns and Healthy Waters Education Project A project to deliver "Healthy Lawns and Healthy Waters" citizen training programs in the watersheds of Cypress Creek, Upper Cibolo Creek, Plum Creek, Geronimo Creek, Upper San Antonio River, and Lavaca River.
Hickory Creek Watershed: Watershed Protection Plan Implementation The City of Denton implemented best management practices from the Hickory Creek Watershed Protection Plan.
Houston-Galveston Area Trash Bash Once a year, thousands of volunteers gather along Texas waterways to do their part in cleaning up the environment by participating in the largest single-day waterway clean-up in the state.
Joe Pool Lake: Developing a Watershed Protection Plan Trinity River Authority and stakeholders will complete a watershed characterization which will be used to develop a watershed protection plan (WPP).
La Nana Bayou Watershed Characterization A project to determine the causes and sources of pollution in La Nana Bayou.
Lake Arlington and Village Creek: Developing a Watershed Protection Plan A project to develop a watershed protection plan (WPP) for Lake Arlington, a drinking water source, and for Village Creek, a tributary to the lake.
Lake Granbury: Implementing a Watershed Protection Plan A project that supported a Watershed Coordinator and public outreach programs in the Lake Granbury area.
Lake Houston: Wetland Demonstration and Education Exhibits A completed project to build a large-scale constructed wetland and install water quality exhibits at the Houston WaterWorks Education Center.
Lake Sam Rayburn and Attoyac Bayou: Septic System Inventory, Repair and Replacement Projects to improve water quality by identifying and addressing issues with septic systems in the area draining to Sam Rayburn Reservoir.
Lampasas River Watershed Protection Plan Implementation: Septic System Remediation Texas A&M University is updating an existing septic system database and conducting septic system inspections, repairs, and replacements in the watershed.
Lampasas River: Implementing a Watershed Protection Plan with a Septic System Database This project implemented a septic system management measure in the Lampasas River Watershed Protection Plan by developing a watershed-wide septic system database.
Lavaca River: Coordinating Implementation A completed project to support a wide range of implementation measures for the Lavaca River Watershed Protection Plan (WPP); primarily outreach, education, and water quality monitoring.
Leon River: Implementing a Watershed Protection Plan with Financial Incentives for Septic System Repairs and Replacement Texas A&M and the Institute of Renewable Natural Resources supported a Technical Assistance and Financial Incentive Program for Coryell County to replace or repair failing septic systems along the Leon River under two projects.
Little River, San Gabriel River, and Big Elm Creek: Characterizing the Watershed A project to collect and analyze water quality data for Little River, San Gabriel River, and Big Elm Creek as a first step toward developing a watershed protection plan.
Low Impact Development Projects NPS projects with significant involvement in Low Impact Development
Lower Laguna Madre, Southern Reaches: Watershed Characterization A project to analyze water quality data for southern portions of the Lower Laguna Madre coastal watershed as a first step in developing a watershed protection plan.
Lower Laguna Madre: Watershed Protection Plan (South) University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley and stakeholders will develop a Watershed Protection Plan (WPP) for the southern portion of the Lower Laguna Madre watershed and Brownsville Ship Channel.
Lower Laguna Madre: Watershed Characterization (North) This project will identify existing data and data gaps to characterize the hydrology, land use, and water quality in the northern portion of the Lower Laguna Madre coastal watershed.
Lower Nueces River Watershed: Feasibility Study for Septic System Conversion The Nueces River Authority evaluated the feasibility, cost-effectiveness, and water quality benefits of replacing septic systems with centralized wastewater services in a portion of Corpus Christi, Texas.
Lower Nueces River: Implementing a Watershed Protection Plan with a Septic System Assistance Program Nueces River Authority is implementing a septic system management measure identified in the Lower Nueces River Watershed Protection Plan (WPP) by remediating malfunctioning septic systems.
Mission and Aransas Rivers: Routine Monitoring A project to gather additional water quality data to help prioritize activities in the Total Maximum Daily Load Implementation Plan for reducing bacteria in the Mission and Aransas Rivers.
Nolan Creek and South Nolan Creek: Watershed Protection Plan Development The Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research and stakeholders characterized water quality in Nolan Creek and South Nolan Creek and developed a watershed protection plan for restoring the recreational use of the creeks.
Nolan Creek: Watershed Based Planning and Assessment A project that collected water quality data to characterize the creek and provide a basis for developing a watershed protection strategy.
North Bosque River: Continuous Water Quality Monitoring Operation of stations on the North Bosque River near Clifton to continuously monitor water quality.
North Bosque: Evaluating Effectiveness of TMDL Implementation A project that conducted routine and storm event monitoring on the North Bosque River to evaluate effects associated with changes in land management practices.
North Concho River: Bank Stabilization A project to stabilize a 2,000-foot section of the banks of the North Concho River to reduce erosion, sedimentation, and bacteria and increase dissolved oxygen levels in the river.
Plum Creek Watershed: Riparian Restoration for Town Branch in Lockhart This project is implementing a management measure identified in the Plum Creek Watershed Protection Plan (WPP) to address needed improvements in riparian conditions along the creek and its tributaries.
Plum Creek: Implementing a Watershed Protection Plan: Illicit Discharge Monitoring The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority monitored the City of Lockhart's stormwater conveyance system for illicit discharges.
Plum Creek: Implementing a Watershed Protection Plan in Lockhart A project that implemented portions of the Plum Creek WPP in Lockhart.
Plum Creek: Implementing Low Impact Development at the Caldwell County Justice Center A project to retrofit the Caldwell County Justice Center in Lockhart with low impact development features.
Plum Creek: Implementing Low Impact Development in the City of Kyle This project implements the Plum Creek Watershed Protection Plan by installing low impact development (LID) best management practices at the City of Kyle’s wastewater treatment facility.
Plum Creek: Implementing the Watershed Protection Plan at the Headwaters in Kyle Mapping and improving the stormwater system in the city of Kyle to implement portions of the Plum Creek Watershed Protection Plan (WPP).
Quarry Best Management Practices The University of Texas at Austin developed guidance for best management practices to reduce nonpoint source pollution from quarries and surface mining operations.
Rowlett Creek Watershed Characterization A project to collect and analyze water quality data for Rowlett Creek as a first step toward developing a watershed protection plan.
San Marcos River: Spring Lake Watershed Characterization The River Systems Institute at Texas State University identified and quantified primary sources of nutrients and turbidity in Spring Lake.
Shoal Creek: Developing a Watershed Protection Plan The Shoal Creek Conservancy developed a watershed-based plan for Shoal Creek in Austin.
Sims Bayou: Riparian Restoration Project The Student Conservation Association, Inc. (SCA) is restoring riparian habitat, leading volunteer events, and monitoring water quality at seven parks along Sims Bayou in the Houston area.
Statewide Training: Texas Watershed Protection Plans A project to provide training for people involved in developing watershed protection plans.
Statewide Urban Riparian and Stream Restoration Training and Demonstration A project to provide professional-level training on restoring streams and riparian areas in major Texas urban centers, and to demonstrate restoration methods in an eroding section of a creek.
Statewide: Low Impact Development Workshops The University of Texas provided intensive workshops and consultations to promote low impact development policies and practices in seven regions.
Statewide: Texas Stream Team - Volunteers Monitoring Water Quality Texas Stream Team coordinates a network of partner organizations and citizen scientists to increase the public's knowledge of water quality and nonpoint source pollution across the state.
Tres Palacios Creek: Coordinating Implementation Texas Water Resources Institute is implementing management measures of the Tres Palacios Watershed Protection Plan (WPP); primarily outreach, education, and water quality monitoring.
Tres Palacios Creek: Implementing a Watershed Protection Plan Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) is implementing stormwater education and outreach management measures.
Tres Palacios Creek: Septic System Repair and Replacement The Texas Water Resources Institute is offering septic system inspections and, if needed, repair or replacement of malfunctioning septic systems to homeowners in the Tres Palacios Creek watershed.
Tule Creek West: Sediment-Trap Pond and Channel Stabilization A completed project of the Aransas County government that installed a sediment trap pond, removed invasive vegetation, reshaped and stabilized portions of Tule Creek, and monitored and modeled the effectiveness of these practices.
Upper Cibolo Creek and Cow Creek Groundwater Conservation Education Initiative A completed project to produce a manual and educational materials about stewardship practices, including low impact development.
Upper Cibolo Creek: Developing A Watershed Protection Plan The City of Boerne developed a watershed protection plan (WPP) for Upper Cibolo Creek.
Upper Cibolo Creek: Implementing a Watershed Protection Plan The City of Boerne completed a project to reach out to residents with educational events and information, and developed and implemented a domestic waterfowl management program to improve water quality on Upper Cibolo Creek.
Upper Guadalupe River: A Plan to Reduce Bacteria This project aimed to reduce bacteria levels in a portion of the Upper Guadalupe River, within the City of Kerrville, by controlling waterfowl populations and bird nesting under river bridges, as well as implementing education programs about management of septic systems.
Upper San Antonio River Watershed Protection Plan Implementation: Green Stormwater Infrastructure Master Plan San Antonio River Authority is developing a master plan for using green stormwater infrastructure.
Upper San Antonio River: Implementing a Watershed Protection Plan in San Antonio San Antonio River Authority (SARA) installed low impact development features as part of implementing the Upper San Antonio River Watershed Protection Plan.
Upper San Antonio River: Incorporating LID Practices at the Mission Drive-In Redevelopment The City of San Antonio incorporated several low-impact development (LID) features into a multipurpose redevelopment project.
Upper San Antonio River: Watershed Protection Plan Update The San Antonio River Authority completed an update to the 2007 Upper San Antonio River Watershed Protection Plan.
Upper San Marcos River Watershed Plan: Beginning Implementation Texas State University implemented management measures including adding a watershed coordinator, installing several demonstration NPS practices, conducting public outreach, reviewing local ordinances affecting water quality, and reviewing monitoring data for water quality trends.
Upper San Marcos River: Developing a Watershed Protection Plan The Meadows Center and Partners completed a watershed protection plan for the Upper San Marcos River Watershed in April 2018.
Upper Trinity River-Dallas: Implementing TMDLs through Low Impact Development A completed project to address urban stormwater and legacy pollutants in Dallas by implementing and demonstrating low impact development (LID) practices