- Task 1: Project Coordination and Administration
The Texas Water Resources Institute and the Texas AgriLife Extension Service will provide project coordination leadership, handle administration functions required by TSSWCB, and will ensure that all project tasks are carried out in an effective and timely manner.
Task Leaders: Lucas Gregory and Gary Bryant
- Task 2: Promotion, Development and Implementation of WQMPs
The Crockett and Upper Pecos Soil and Water Conservation District Field Technicians will work directly with watershed landowners to promote, develop and implement WQMPs on individual properties adjoining or very near the Pecos River. Technical and financial assistance will be provided to the producers to support the development and implementation of these plans.
Task Leaders: Crockett SWCD and Upper Pecos SWCD; Field Technicians TBD
- Task 3: Chemical Control of Saltcedar
The Crockett and Upper Pecos Soil and Water Conservation District Field Technicians will work directly with watershed landowners to obtain permission to spray saltcedar using aerially applied herbicide in areas along the main stem of the Pecos River that have not been previously treated. Technicians will collect information on-site to develop spray maps of areas that will receive treatment and will be on-site during the spraying process. Spraying will be conducted by a third-party applicator that will be selected through a bidding process.
Task Leaders: Crockett SWCD and Upper Pecos SWCD; Field Technicians TBD; Gary Bryant
- Task 4: Biological Control of Saltcedar
The Texas AgriLife Extension Service Entomologist at Fort Stockton will work directly with watershed landowners to establish 10 additional saltcedar leaf beetle colonies throughout the watershed as a means for long-term saltcedar management.
Task Leaders: Mark Muegge and Allen Knutson
- Task 5: Prescribed Burning for Saltcedar Debris Removal
The Texas Forest Service will burn previously treated saltcedar along the Pecos River to prevent the standing dead debris from washing downriver during high-flow events, causing structural damage, flooding, increased sedimentation, exacerbating DO impairments and generally decreasing water quality.
Task Leaders: Bill Davis and Rich Gray
- Task 6: Support and Facilitation of WPP Implementation, Education and Tracking
The Texas AgriLife Extension Service will facilitate continued landowner involvement to ensure successful implementation of the WPP for the Pecos River in Texas.
Task Leader: Gary Bryant
- Task 7: Compilation of Surface Water Quality Monitoring Data
The Texas AgriLife Extension Service will compile data from water quality monitoring activities in the watershed and incorporate it into a database that will combine data relevant to the Pecos River watershed in one location.
Task Leader: Gary Bryant
- Task 8: Continuous Water Quality Monitoring (CWQM) Station Construction, Installation, Operation, Maintenance and Data Transfer
The Texas Water Resources Institute will procure supplies and deliver them to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality which will construct CWQM station monitoring unit, complete site selection, install, operate and maintain so the site is consistent with TCEQ's other CWQM sites to provide quality data of acceptable standards.
Task Leaders: Lucas Gregory and Chuck Dvorsky
- Task 9: Dissolved Oxygen Modeling and Management Practice Evaluation
The Texas Institute of Applied Environmental Research will use computer based modeling to assess the dissolved oxygen (DO) impairment in the Pecos River in Texas by conducting DO modeling that focuses on identifying the different sources of DO impairment and evaluating the ability of various management measures to alleviate the impairment.
Task Leaders: Larry Hauck and Lucas Gregory