A message from the Plum Creek Watershed Partnership
The Plum Creek Watershed Partnership has developed a Watershed Protection Plan as a proactive approach to restoring and protecting Plum Creek and its tributaries in Caldwell and Hays Counties in South Central Texas. The watershed planning process led to key recommendations including public outreach and best practices. Through focused local effort, implementation is underway to address water quality issues, including E. coli bacteria and nutrient levels. Browse the website to find out more and get involved!
May News and Notes
- The Plum Creek Watershed Partnership Steering Committee will be holding a business meeting on May 14 in Uhland, TX. AGENDA
- The Luling Foundation will hold its 88th Annual Field Day on May 21.
- Check out upcoming meetings and archived meeting materials.
Highlights in Hindsight...
- Keep Lockhart Beautiful and the City of Lockhart were notified in April that the City has been selected to receive the 2015 Governor's Community Achievement Award at the Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) Annual Conference to be held June 15-17, 2015. This prestigious award recognizes ten Texas communities with the best grassroots environmental programs in the state each year. CONGRATULATIONS LOCKHART!!!
- Congratualtions to the Caldwell County Feral Hog Task Force, which received a 2015 County Hog Out Management Program (CHOMP) Grant in the amount of $25,000 to continue feral hog managment efforts in Caldwell County.
- Dr. Terry Gentry with the Texas A&M University Department of Soil and Crop Sciences spoke with Partnership stakeholders about the value and application of Bacterial Source Tracking for the Plum Creek Watershed. Download Dr. Gentry's presentation here.
- Dec. 1, 2014 - Draft 2014 Update to the Plum Creek Watershed Protection Plan open for public comment through December 30, 2014. Official press release.
- The fall 2014 Caldwell County Feral Hog Bounty program wrapped up Sunday, November 30 with 1,333 wild pigs removed from the Plum Creek watershed and surrounding areas. Over 500 landowners, hunters, trappers and other local citizens attended at least one educational workshop. Click here to find out more about the Caldwell County Feral Hog Task Force and how you can be a part of shaping critical invasive species management decisions in the Plum Creek watershed.
- The Caldwell County CWA 319(h) grant proposal to incorporate LID into the new Caldwell County Judicial Center has selected by TCEQ for submittal to the EPA for funding. We are currently working with TCEQ to address comments and revise the application. Looking forward to another great opportunity to spotlight the dedication of our stakeholders to the continued implementation of the Plum Creek Watershed Protection Plan. Check out the award letter here.
- The First Annual Caldwell Co. Feral Hog Task Force Veterans' Day Salute was a great success! Big THANK YOU to the veterans, speakers, Lockhart High School Band and over a dozen Task Force volunteers for helping spread the word about the damage feral hogs inflict on the Plum Creek watershed.
- A CWA Sec. 319 grant in the amount of $363,384, including over $145,000 in local funding, has been awarded to the Plum Creek Watershed Partnership by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board. This grant will allow for the continued implementation of the Plum Creek Watershed Protection Plan through 2017!
- Keep Lockhart Beautiful has received a $2,000 grant from HEB to be used for numerous workshops and events in 2014 and 2015. THANK YOU HEB!!!
- Our FREE homeowner workshop series was a great success with over 40 people attending workshops in Lockhart, Kyle and San Marcos. More to come in 2015 and 2016. See our Homeowner Septic System Workshop brochure for more details.
- Over 200 braved the wind and rain for the 7th Annual Keep Lockhart Beautiful Cleanup - Plum Creek/Town Branch/Lockhart Springs. Thank you volunteers and sponsors!!!
2014 KLB Volunteers pretending to be excited about stuffing envelopes!
- Many hardworking people turned out for the first annual "Keep Lytton Springs Beautiful" cleanup on October 4, 2014! The event included a variety of tasks benefiting the Lytton Springs Park as well as a roadside cleanup. The roadside teams collected 38 bags of garbage, 2 bags of aluminum, 2 tires and an automobile gas tank. Thank you Lytton Springs!!!
September 6, 2014 was the HOT Dogs Day of Service sponsored by the Texas Lutheran University Center for Servant Leadership. Twenty-one student volunteers from TLU and seven volunteers from the Pegasus School in Lockhart took on 7 illicit dumping sites and high litter areas in the Plum Creek watershed and came out victorius!
- June 24 Smart Growth Workshop Presentations now available. Click here for PDF. Thanks to all of our attendees and speakers for putting on a great workshop!
- Here a Pig, There a Pig...April 2014 issue of Texas Co-op Power recognizes efforts of the Plum Creek Watershed Partnership and the Feral Hog Task Force
- City of Lockhart Places 2nd for 2014 Keep Texas Beautiful, Governor's Community Achievment Award, Local Volunteer Receives 2014 O.P. Schnabel Senior Citizen Award
- February 2014, Watershed Coordinator Update now available: Assessing Our Progress Download PDF
- Plum Creek Watershed Partnership 2013
- The 6th Annual, Keep Lockhart Beautiful Cleanup and Environmental Fair was held September 28, 2013.
200 volunteers cleaned 7 parks and 4.5 stream miles on September 28, 2013. This event was funded 100% by local sponsors. THANK YOU LOCKHART!!!
- November 2013, Watershed Coordinator Update: The Plum Creek Watershed, from Feral Hogs to Landfills Download PDF
- August 30, 2013 - "Plant to add 1.5 million gallons per day to creek" from Lockhart Post Register interview with Plum Creek Watershed Coordinator.
- August 15, 2013, Hays Free Press - "Plant deemed hazardous downstream"
- August 12, 2013 - Caldwell County and Hays County receive first ever Texas Department of Agriculture, CHAMP Grant for $30,000!!!
- Another great turnout for our August 8, 2013 Plum Creek Watershed Partnership meeting featuring exclusive screening of award winning documentary, "Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West". To download the August 2013 watershed coordinator update, click here.
- Check out a special preview of "Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic for the New West"
Plum Creek friends and neighbors show up in force for 2013 Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Workshop. Photo by Leslie Lee, TWRI.
- Thanks everyone for a great May meeting! Here is the link to a recent article in The Economist, as promised...Pork, Chopped.
- The Animal Planet program featuring feral hogs in Caldwell County made its world premier during Monster Week 2013. Check out "Invasion" (TV-14 Parents Stongly Cautioned) for interviews with local landowners, leading experts and your Plum Creek watershed coordinator. The feral swine around here are getting to be as famous as the BBQ... well maybe not that famous.
- April 24, 2013 article in the Hays Free Press - Hillside Terrace to flush septic woes
- Planning and Design funding approved for Hillside Terrace Subdivision wastewater improvement!
- For the latest news on the Hillside Terrace wastewater project, Community Cleanup Events, a major wastewater spill in Kyle, the feral hog competition and more, check out the Februrary 2013 Watershed Coordinator Summary Report.
- $5,000 grant from TDA to fund feral hog survey and wireless trapping system for Caldwell County!
- Check out a special presentation by Dr. Kevin Wagner revealing valuable insight into Agricultural BMPs for Improving Water Quality from the February 7, 2013 Plum Creek Watershed Partnership Meeting.
- Please continue to check our website for updates as we expect a very busy and very exciting 2013. Some of our plans include new feral hog projects and competitions, riparian workshops, watershed clean ups, domestic well testing for stakeholders, a soils testing campaign, wastewater workshops and more...
2012 - 2013 Watershed Clean Ups
- Over 1,000 tires were collected at the final Caldwell County Community Collection Event held in Lockhart on June 1, 2013. After four collection events this fiscal year, over 2,100 tires and just under 80,000 lbs of solid waste won't be finding their way into Plum Creek!
- Thank you, Lockhart!!! Over 300 volunteers turn out for the 5th Annual Plum Creek/Town Branch/Lockhart Springs Cleanup and Environmental Fair.