Plum Creek Watershed

Where is the Plum Creek Watershed?

Plum Creek rises in Hays County north of Kyle and runs south through Caldwell County, passing Lockhart and Luling, and eventually joins San Marcos River at their confluence north of Gonzales County. Plum Creek is 52 miles in length and has a drainage area of 389 square miles.

What is the Plum Creek Watershed Protection Partnership?

Striving to ensure a safe, clean, and healthy stream for all to enjoy, the Plum Creek Watershed Partnership works to boost awareness of water resource issues and protect and restore water quality in the Plum Creek Watershed. Public involvment is key to watershed stewardship, and the Partnership relies on the cooperation of numerous local stakeholders.

The Partnership is currently facilitated by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and has received several grants to improve water quality and conduct outreach campaigns throughout the area. Through the efforts of its partners, the group remains on the forefront of water quality management and has played a key role in watershed stewardship in Texas.

What is the Plum Creek Watershed Protection Plan?

One of the key results achieved by the Partnership is the development of the first Watershed Protection Plan accepted by the U.S. EPA in the State of Texas. This living document forms the backbone of efforts in the watershed and provides guidance as the Partnership moves forward to implement a variety of strategies to restore and protect water quality.

According to the 2008 Texas Water Quality Inventory and 303(d) List of Impaired Waterbodies, Plum Creek is impaired for bacteria throughout the entire segment. It also exhibits nutrient enrichment concerns for ammonia nitrogen, nitrate-nitrogen and phosphorus.

These water quality issues, in conjunction with land use across the watershed, increasing urban development, oil and gas production in the area, and potential for agricultural nonpoint source pollution, were considered when Plum Creek was selected for this project.

Additional Information

Plum Creek Watershed Partnership Website

2008 Basin Summary Report - Plum Creek

Don't Be Clueless About Plum Creek

Caldwell County Regional Water and Wastewater Planning Study

Plum Creek Clean Up Slide Show

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