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Plum Creek: Implementing the Watershed Protection Plan at the Headwaters in Kyle

Implementation of portions of the Plum Creek WPP by mapping and improving the storm water system in the city of Kyle.


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 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 have also been identified as a concern for water quality in the creek.

In 2005, the Plum Creek Watershed Partnership was formed to coordinate planning for the Plum Creek watershed, and pilot implementation efforts started soon afterwards. In 2008, the Partnership completed the development of the Plum Creek Watershed Protection Plan (WPP).

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Project Description

In this project, the City of Kyle reduced nonpoint source (NPS) pollution by implementing activities in the Plum Creek WPP. These activities reduced bacteria and nutrient loads to the headwaters of the Plum Creek watershed, which are located in Kyle.

Project activities included mapping and evaluating the existing stormwater system, retrofitting detention facilities to improve the quality of discharged water, implementing education and increasing awareness about storm sewers, installing dog-waste stations, facilitating creek clean-up days, and implementing city street sweeping.

By being proactive and partnering with other stakeholders in the watershed, the City of Kyle has taken a lead role in working towards improving 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

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