Implementing the Cypress Creek Watershed Protection Plan
April 15, 2015
Meadows Center for the Environment
The Cypress Creek Watershed Protection Plan has been accepted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and is currently available for public review and comment through April 30, 2015. This is one of only a handful of approved watershed protection plans in Texas, and the first with a groundwater component. The plan is designed to keep Cypress Creek clean, clear and flowing.
This project is facilitated by The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment and is funded by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region VI. More information about Watershed Protection Planning is available athttps://www.tceq.texas.gov/waterquality/nonpoint-source/mgmt-plan/watershed-pp.html/.
A full list of Cypress Creek’s Watershed Protection Plan partners and summaries of the Plan and Implementation Proposal are available athttp://cypresscreekproject.net.
The initial phase of this effort (2008-2010) defined the state of the watershed, gathered input from community stakeholders, and developed a science-based tool for local decision makers. Work accomplished laid the groundwork for developing a holistic watershed plan to address water quality issues associated with increased development and other potential impairments.
The second phase (2011-2014) involved the development and completion of a watershed protection plan, including community-based strategies that comprehensively address watershed and water quality concerns, as well as preserve adequate groundwater flows.
Implementation of best management practices, educational activities, water quality modeling and monitoring and coordination of watershed efforts have been prioritized and Implementation of the Watershed Protection Plan will begin in the Spring of 2015.