WELLINGTON – A public forum for comments on the draft Buck Creek Watershed Protection Plan is set for Jan. 10 in Wellington, according to Texas AgriLife Research personnel.
The meeting will be from 6-8 p.m. at the Wellington Auditorium, 802 10th Street. Light refreshments and meeting sign-in will begin at 5:30 p.m.
The complete draft watershed protection plan, developed by local stakeholders and drafted by Texas AgriLife Research at Vernon and the Texas Water Resources Institute, is now complete and available for review and comment, said Phyllis Dyer, AgriLife Research assistant and watershed coordinator in Vernon.
Dyer said the purpose of the meeting is to allow watershed partnership members the opportunity to voice comments on the plan and discuss them with those in attendance.
“Stakeholder feedback and comments are critical to development of a watershed protection plan that everyone can be supportive of,” she said.
Dyer said electronic or print copies of the draft plan have been distributed to members of the Buck Creek watershed partnership. She encouraged anyone wanting a copy to contact her at 949-414-0195 or email@example.com or visit the project website http://buckcreek.tamu.edu/ to download a copy.
Lucas Gregory, project manager for the Texas Water Resources Institute, said this meeting will provide a brief overview of what is in the plan, but will largely be unscripted to allow for stakeholder feedback.
“Feedback received throughout the course of the watershed protection plan development project was used in developing this draft of the plan, but until the plan is all pieced together it is difficult to visualize how earlier feedback will be incorporated,” Gregory said.
“The time between now and the Jan. 10 meeting will allow folks to read through this plan and formulate any comments or questions about the plan,” he said. “Discussing those comments and questions at the Jan. 10 meeting is our primary purpose for hosting this meeting.”
Comments on the plan can be sent to Gregory at firstname.lastname@example.org; or 1500 Research Parkway, Ste. 110, 2260 TAMU, College Station, Texas 77843-2260; or brought to the Jan. 10 meeting.
Funding for the development and support of the Buck Creek Watershed Protection Plan is through a Clean Water Act grant provided by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
For more information and to download the draft watershed plan, see the project website or contact Gregory at 979-845-7869 or email@example.com.