Protecting Texas Watersheds

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High nutrient, bacterial and salinity levels—along with low dissolved-oxygen levels—in some of the Texas watersheds have raised concerns among residents and state officials about public health, water quality, water use limitations, aquatic habitat, and reduced or lost recreational opportunities.  Potential sources of this water pollution include natural sources, feral hogs, onsite waste water treatment systems, livestock, pets, and fertilizer and chemical runoff from cropland, pasture, lawns and landscapes, parks and industrial sites.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has partnered with many local, state and federal agencies and organizations to inform and educate local residents about water quality concerns in several Texas watersheds.  AgriLife Extension is coordinating protection and education efforts in the following watersheds: Buck Creek, Plum Creek, Pecos River, Trinity River, Arroyo-Colorado River, and Geronimo and Alligator Creeks.



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