With an increasing focus on more holistic watershed management, three projects, the Lone Star Healthy Streams, Environmental Management of Grazing Lands and Bacteria Runoff Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Intensive Beef Cattle Operations, are expanding the overall knowledge of beef cattle producers regarding watershed management and measures for reducing bacteria contamination of streams. These projects are a partnership among federal and state natural resource agencies and industry groups.
Project cooperators are testing the effectiveness of a variety of BMPs. Based on this evaluation of BMPs, personnel will develop and test an educational program through Lone Star Healthy Streams. After the pilot program, the Lone Star Healthy Streams program will be delivered statewide to needed areas.
Implementation of watershed management principles and practices on grazing lands are critical to the success of water resource protection efforts in the state for years to come.
- Evaluate and demonstrate the effectiveness of value-added BMPs in reducing bacterial contamination
- Develop educational curriculum that provides production and environmental management training concerning grazing lands in association with watersheds
- Test and modify education program based on results of pilot program
- Promote statewide adoption of appropriate grazing land management practices
- Developed project Web site: grazinglands-wq.tamu.edu
- Initiated grazing management evaluation at Welder Wildlife Refuge and Riesel
- Began alternative water evaluation at 2S Ranch near Lockhart, TX
- Texas Water Resources Institute, Texas A&M AgriLife
- Texas AgriLife Extension Service
- Texas AgriLife Research
- USDA Agricultural Research Service
- Welder Wildlife Refuge
- Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service