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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).

Background

Since 2004, high bacteria concentrations in Plum Creek have indicated a possible health risk to people who swim or wade in the water body—activities called “contact recreation” in the state’s standards for surface water quality. Bacteria are commonly found in the intestines of humans, livestock, wildlife, and pets. These bacteria in water may indicate the presence of disease-causing microorganisms. High levels of nutrients are also of concern in the creek.

In 2005, the Plum Creek Watershed Partnership was formed to coordinate planning for the Plum Creek watershed, and pilot implementation projects started soon afterwards. In 2008, the Partnership completed the Plum Creek WPPExit the TCEQ.

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Project Description

The City of Kyle reduced nonpoint source (NPS) pollution affecting Plum Creek by implementing activities to reduce bacteria and nutrient loads to the headwaters of the Plum Creek watershed, which are located in Kyle.

Project staff mapped and evaluated the City of Kyle stormwater system and retrofitted detention facilities to improve the quality of discharged water. Staff also implemented educational activities to increase residents' awareness about storm sewers by installing dog-waste stations, facilitating creek clean-up days, and implementing city street sweeping.

The City of Kyle has taken a lead role in supporting the WPP and working towards better water quality in Plum Creek.

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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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