GATESVILLE — Government officials along the Leon River Watershed are looking for a watershed coordinator to work with local, state and federal agencies to keep the river clean.

The Central Texas Council of Governments and the Leon River Watershed Steering Committee issued a request for qualifications for the position, which is posted on the Central Texas Council of Governments website.

The watershed coordinator will implement the Leon River Watershed Protection Plan and will work with a stakeholders group to monitor and improve the quality of water, according to the document.

The position will be funded by a federal grant of $140,000. One of the duties of the coordinator will be to seek additional government funding to continue the work.

April 5 at 2 p.m. is the deadline for applications to be submitted to Jim Reed, executive director of the Central Texas Council of Governments.

The selection committee will include Reed, Coryell County Judge John Firth, Hamilton County Commissioner Dickie Clary and Hall DeBusk, a board member of the Hamilton-Coryell Soil & Water Conservation District.

The Leon River Watershed is in the Brazos River Basin, bound upstream by Proctor Lake and downstream by Belton Lake.

The river is about 190 miles long and the watershed is about 1,375 square miles covering portions of Comanche, Erath, Hamilton and Coryell counties, the document stated, along with a small portion of Mills County.

The watershed is predominantly rural, agricultural land dominated by rangeland with some cropland. Forests cover a sizeable amount of the watershed, the document stated, and a significant amount of dairy production exists in the northern part of the watershed.

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