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Final public meeting for South Lilly Creek RUAA set for August 21, 2017

South Lilly Creek watershed public meeting set for August 21, 2017 in Pittsburg

PITTSBURG, TEXAS – The Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and the Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research invite residents in the South Lilly Creek watershed to a public meeting to discuss a water quality project.  The meeting will be held in Room 106 of the Hanson – Sewell Center located at 237 College Street in Pittsburg, TX 75686. Sign-in will begin at 5:45pm and the meeting will start at 6:00pm.  

South Lilly Creek, a small tributary of Lilly Creek, begins at the confluence of Lilly Creek in Camp County and flows approximately 13 miles through Upshur County then into Wood County.  South Lilly Creek is on the state’s list of impaired waters for having bacteria levels that exceed water quality standards for primary contact recreation.

At this meeting, landowners and citizens will be updated on the information collected from both RUAA field surveys as part of the project, Recreational Use Attainability Analysis for One Water Body in the Sulphur River Basin and One Water Body in the Cypress Creek River Basin. Information collected during the surveys may be used to determine whether primary contact recreation is occurring and if the current water quality standard is appropriate.

Since decisions made about this waterbody will affect landowners, citizens, industries, and municipalities, local participation is fundamental to the success of this project. Stakeholders will be asked to provide guidance on the direction of this project.

This project is funded by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board through a state nonpoint source grant to the Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research.

For more information about the meeting, visit the project website at http://tiaer.tarleton.edu/ruaa/south-lilly-creek.html or contact Leah Taylor at 254-968-0513 or at ltaylor@tiaer.tarleton.edu.

The Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board administers Texas’ soil and water conservation law and delivers coordinated natural resource conservation programs through the State’s 216 soil and water conservation districts. The Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board is the lead agency for planning, implementing, and managing programs for preventing and abating agricultural and silvicultural nonpoint sources of water pollution. The agency also administers a water supply enhancement program through the targeted control of water-depleting brush; works to ensure the State’s network of 2,000 flood control dams are protecting lives and property by providing operation, maintenance, and structural repair grants to local government sponsors; and facilitates the Texas Invasive Species Coordinating Committee.

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