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Posted: Monday, June 10, 2013 4:30 am

LAMPASAS — Texas A&M AgriLife Research will have a stakeholders meeting Thursday to discuss details of the Lampasas River Watershed Protection Plan, which was released in January for public review and comments.

Agrilife spent the past few months incorporating the comments into the watershed protection plan, said Lisa Prcin, an AgriLife research associate at the Blackland Research & Extension Center in Temple.

“We want to allow stakeholders the opportunity to review the updated plan so we can ensure that it accurately reflects their ideas and vision for improving and protecting water quality in the river and creeks,” Prcin said. “Once this has been accomplished, we will move forward with the implementation of the watershed protection plan.”

The Lampasas River watershed includes parts of Bell, Burnet, Coryell, Hamilton, Lampasas, Mills and Williamson counties. Concerns about elevated bacteria levels bacteria were first raised in a 2002 Texas Water Quality Inventory report released by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

As a result, landowners began developing the protection plan in 2009.

“Now, we’re on the verge of finalizing this document,” said Pamela Casebolt, the nonpoint source grant coordinator for the Texas State Soil & Water Conservation Board. “This is their plan; we want to make sure (stakeholders) agree it contains everything they want it to have.”

The protection plan should be read by anyone planning to attend the meeting, which is open to the public. Copies of the plan can be downloaded at www.lampasasriver.org.

“For anyone who has an interest or wants to give input, this is a good time to do it,” said Heath Lusty, Lampasas County extension agent. “If we’re proactive in this process, we can also help prevent future regulatory mandates.”

The meeting is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Lampasas County Farm Bureau, 1793 U.S. Highway 281, Lampasas.

For more information, call Prcin at (254) 778-6008 or email lprcin@brc.tamus.edu.

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