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Cypress Creek: Implementing a Watershed Protection Plan with Low Impact Development Demonstration and Guidance

This project will demonstrate low impact development (LID) and provide local development review guidance on these systems and practices as part of the initial implementation of the Cypress Creek Watershed Protection Plan.


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 develop a watershed protection plan. This project will implement that plan.

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Project Description

This project implements years one through three of the implementation schedule for the Cypress Creek Watershed Protection Plan. Activities include reviewing city and county ordinances to identify the effectiveness of current water quality protection provisions and potential improvements.

A plan review process will be developed for cities to use for development proposals with LID components. The project also includes installing LID best management practices, outreach events, workshops, and stakeholder meetings.

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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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