The Attoyac Bayou Watershed Partnership will meet Dec. 10 to discuss Attoyac Bayou Watershed Protection Plan implementation opportunities with stakeholders.
The meeting will be from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Nacogdoches County Expo Center, 3805 N.W. Stallings Drive in Nacogdoches. It is hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas Water Resources Institute, TWRI, and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board.
The meeting will give an overview of the two ongoing projects in the watershed focusing on implementing the watershed protection plan, which was developed by local stakeholders and published in 2016. Efforts include a septic system repair and replacement project, and developing water quality management plans and monitoring activities. Printed copies of the Attoyac Bayou Watershed Partnership fall newsletter will also be available.
Emily Monroe, AgriLife Extension program specialist at the TWRI, College Station, said the institute is collaborating with the Angelina and Neches River Authority, Stephen F. Austin State University and Pineywoods Resource Conservation and Development to carry out watershed protection programs.
Ricky Thompson, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent for Nacogdoches County, will give an update about related activities occurring in the county. Texas A&M Forest Service staff will discuss ways in which managing water resources, forestry and wildlife are codependent.
The Attoyac Bayou extends 82 miles through Rusk, Nacogdoches, San Augustine and Shelby counties before emptying into Sam Rayburn reservoir. Monroe said it is currently listed as an impaired water body due to elevated levels of bacteria.
Funding for the Attoyac Bayou Watershed Protection Plan implementation is provided by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board through its State Nonpoint Source Management Program.