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Big Elm Creek: Developing a Watershed Protection Plan

This project will develop a watershed protection plan (WPP) for Big Elm Creek.


Big Elm Creek was first identified in the 2010 Texas Integrated Report as impaired (not meeting Water Quality Standards) for primary contact recreation due to excessive fecal bacteria. In addition to the contact recreation impairment, Little Elm Creek, a tributary to Big Elm Creek, has concerns for dissolved oxygen, nitrate, and habitat. The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) identified potential sources of pollution, pollution loads, and possible management measures in a previous watershed characterization project. 

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Project Description

TWRI's project actions will:

  • identify management measures to include in the final WPP;
  • facilitate meetings for stakeholders to provide input to the WPP; 
  • provide a nine-element WPP for TCEQ and EPA acceptance. 

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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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