Plum Creek Watershed

A Message from the Plum Creek Watershed Partnership

The Plum Creek Watershed Partnership has developed a Watershed Protection Plan as a proactive approach to restoring and protecting Plum Creek and its tributaries in Caldwell and Hays Counties in South Central Texas. The watershed planning process led to key recommendations including public outreach and best practices. Through focused local effort, implementation is underway to address water quality issues, including E. coli bacteria and nutrient levels. Browse the website to find out more and get involved!

2020 Events

  • October 15 - November 15, 2020 - For the last 12 years, The Plum Creek Watershed Partnership in collaboration with Keep Lockhart Beautiful has hosted the Annual Keep Lockhart Beautiful Plum Creek/Lockhart Springs/Town Branch Cleanup and Environmental Fair, a day when we gather together to pick up trash before it makes its way into our waterways. Over 2,000 volunteers have removed over 10,000 pounds of trash over the past 12 years in what has become the largest and one of the longest-running annual volunteer events in Caldwell County. Last year alone, over 200 volunteers cleared more than 500 pounds of trash from city property and waterways - all in a matter of hours.

    This year the Annual Keep Lockhart Beautiful Plum Creek/Lockhart Springs/Town Branch Cleanup will look a little different. In order to maintain the safety of our community, will now be a month-long event from October 15 - November 15, 2020, instead of a single large event as we strive to be entirely social-distance friendly. As the community navigates the pandemic, we at the Plum Creek Watershed Partnership are embracing the necessary changes and focusing on the bright side.

    A team can be comprised of as many people as you can get to participate. The more participants you can get for your team, the more trash that can be picked up throughout the month. There is no need to preregister your team for this event, just get everyone out there and start collecting trash!

    >> Online Cleanup Report Form <<

    Here's how the cleanup will work:

    Brag about your team on social media! Take photos of your team during the clean-ups and use the hashtags #PlumCreekWatershed so that others can find your posts.

    Each time your team collects trash from a clean-up location, take a photo of your team with the bags of trash. You can upload this photo and add a few details about your clean-up event to the report form and submit that form to Plum Creek Watershed staff. We will keep track of your team's progress throughout the month.

    You can select any location that needs to be cleaned up. Does your neighborhood have a drainage pond with trash in it? Does your neighborhood park have litter to pick up? Is there a roadway near your home that could use a clean-up? These are just a few ideas to consider when selecting a location for your clean-up.

    Each clean-up event your team participates in throughout the month can be held at a different location that is convenient for your team members to access. Need help finding a location near you? We can help you find a location that is close to your home or business.

    Materials can be provided to your team such as gloves and trash bags to be used during the clean-up. Kits will be available for pick-up at 405 E. Market St, Lockhart TX or for contact-free delivery to your front door.

    At the end of the month, the team that has collected and documented the most trash will win a special prize.

    All public health best practices should be followed during clean-up events. Information concerning these best practices can be found here: Texas Department of State Health Services - Best Health Practices to Avoid COVID-19

    Have a question about the cleanup? Need help finding a clean-up location? Need a clean-up kit delivered? Contact Stephen Risinger with any questions that you have for this event.

    Has your team finished a clean-up event? Use the Plum Creek Watershed Cleanup Report form to submit your clean-up information.

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    >> Online Cleanup Report Form <<
  • September 2, 2020 - A Texas Watershed Steward workshop on water quality related to Plum Creek will be held from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on September 2nd. The workshop will be held at the Luling Foundation Agriculture Demonstration Farm, 523 S Mulberry Avenue in Luling. Texas Watershed Stewards will be presented by program staff from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension in cooperation with the Plum Creek Watershed Partnership. Attendees of the workshop will receive a copy of the Texas Watershed Steward Handbook and a certificate of completion. Masks will be required for admittance.

    The Texas Watershed Steward program offers four hours of continuing education for the following professional disciplines: soil and water management for certified crop advisers; professional engineers; AICP certified planners (4 CM & 1.5 law); certified teachers; professional geoscientists; certified landscape architects; certified floodplain managers; and each of the following Texas Commission on Environmental Quality occupational licensees: wastewater system operators, public water system operators, on-site sewage facility installers, and landscape irrigators. In addition, three general continuing education units are offered for Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide license holders, and two credits are offered for nutrient management specialists.

    For more information on the Texas Watershed Steward program, and to preregister, go to the website or contact Michael Kuitu at 979-862-4457, mkuitu@tamu.edu; or Wayne Morse at 512-398-3122, wayne.morse@ag.tamu.edu.

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2019 Events

  • December 5, 2019 - The Plum Creek Watershed Partnership (Partnership) welcomes the public to participate in a stakeholder meeting set for December 5th at The Scott Annex in Lockhart Texas. The Scott Annex is located at 1403 Blackjack St., Lockhart, TX 78644. Sign-in begins at 6:30 p.m. with a free BBQ dinner to be provided for meeting attendees. Partnership meetings are free and open to the public. Please send your RSVP by 5 PM on December 2nd to or by calling 830-557-7358.
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  • November 9, 2019 - The Keep Lockhart Beautiful Cleanup is set for its 12th year in 2019. This is Lockhart's premier community service opportunity for families, students, organizations and businesses. All cleanup volunteers are encouraged to gather at the Lockhart City Park Main Pavilion by no later than 9 AM on Nov. 9 to confirm your project and litter drop-off locations, turn in safety sheets, and collect additional supplies. Register your group online to select your location and receive additional information. Receive breakfast and an event t-shirt while supplies last!
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  • October 15, 2019 - Riparian and Stream Ecosystems workshop at Lockhart State Park in Lockhart, TX. This training will focus on the nature and function of stream and riparian zones and the benefits and direct impacts from healthy riparian zones. The riparian education programs will cover an introduction to riparian principles, watershed processes, basic hydrology, erosion/deposition principles, and riparian vegetation, as well as potential causes of degradation and possible resulting impairment(s), and available local resources including technical assistance and tools that can be employed to prevent and/or resolve degradation. This workshop is being co-hosted by the Plum Creek Watershed Partnership, the AgriLife Extension Office in Caldwell County, and the Texas Water Resources Institute. RSVP by October 11, 2019. RSVP by sending in the entry form in the flyer below or by email to clare.entwistle@ag.tamu.edu. CEUs Available! This workshop is free because the program is funded through a Clean Water Act grant provided by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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  • June 20, 2019 - Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service's Healthy Lawns and Healthy Waters Program in collaboration with the Plum Creek Watershed Partnership, is hosting a residential rainwater harvesting and turf management training June 20th in Kyle, TX. This program discusses how to protect water quality by reducing runoff through rainwater capture and through information on ecologically-appropriate quantities and timing of inputs to residential lawns. Public participation is encouraged for this free program. Resources for homeowners on rainwater harvesting and lawncare can be found on the project website at https://hlhw.tamu.edu/.
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  • May 30, 2019 - The Plum Creek Watershed Partnership welcomes the public to participate in a stakeholder meeting set for May 30th at The Luling Foundation. Sign in begins at 6 p.m. with a free BBQ dinner sponsored by the Caldwell-Travis Soil and Water Conservation District provided for all attendees. The meeting will begin with a welcome from the City of Luling, followed by presentations from Steve Risinger, Plum Creek Watershed Coordinator and Julie Zimmerman, AgriLife Extension. Jeremy Hasty, NRCS, will be the evening's keynote speaker, explaining the benefits of healthy soil. Partnership meetings are free and open to the public.
    Please send your RSVP by 5 PM on May 28th to or by calling 830-557-7358.
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  • April 18, 2019 - Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service's Healthy Lawns and Healthy Waters Program in collaboration with the Plum Creek Watershed Partnership, is hosting a residential rainwater harvesting and turf management training April 18 in Lockhart. This program discusses how to protect water quality by reducing runoff through rainwater capture and through information on ecologically-appropriate quantities and timing of inputs to residential lawns. Public participation is encouraged for this free program. Resources for homeowners on rainwater harvesting and lawncare can be found on the project website at https://hlhw.tamu.edu/.
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