Public meetings set to discuss Lampasas River water quality
Communities given opportunity to work on watershed improvement and pro
Two public meetings have been arranged to discuss improving the Lampasas River and its watershed.
The first meeting is scheduled for May 7 at the City of Killeen Solid Wastes Building, 2003 Little Nolan Road, Killeen. The second will take place May 12 at First Texas Bank, 501 East Third St., Lampasas. Both events will begin with refreshments at 6 p.m., followed by the meeting at 6:30 p.m.
"These two meetings will let area residents and landowners know of plans to improve and protect the Lampasas watershed and how to get involved in a local decision-making process to address water-quality issues in their community," said Lisa Prcin, research assistant with Texas AgriLife Research.
"Taking appropriate steps to protect our local water resources here in the Lampasas River watershed is something we all should be concerned with," said Jason Byrd, Texas AgriLife Extension Service agent for Lampasas County. "The sources of pollution are watershed wide. Input from those living in all areas of the watershed is critical if we are to develop a thorough, proactive plan to address these issues and take strides to improve the water quality here in Central Texas."
AgriLife Research and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board will form partnerships with local residents, government agencies, non-governmental organizations and landowners within the Lampasas River watershed to develop a watershed protection plan.
The river flows through Bell, Burnet, Hamilton, Lampasas and Mills counties, and it is dammed to form Stillhouse Hollow Lake near Belton. The river also drains parts of Coryell and Williamson counties. It is a source of drinking water and used for recreation. The state has designated the river "impaired" because of elevated levels of E. coli bacteria. A creek that flows into the river has also been designated as impaired.
"All people who use the river, whether they're a landowner, sportsman or consumer, have a vested interest in the health of the Lampasas River," said Judy Parker, Clearwater Underground Water Conservation District board member. "We are the ones who see the assets and the problems up close on a daily basis. As a group we can offer input such as areas of concern or possible solutions based on what we see."