Demonstration Reports for Each Location

The Water for Texans program during 2003 was funded by Soil and Water Conservation funds. This added support allowed continuation of previously installed and operational watershed demonstrations in 15 counties including 48 demonstration plots (Figure 1). Paired catchments were established this year in cooperation with County Extension Agents in Menard on Farm Bureau’s property in Menard County and on the Cerrito Prieto Ranch in Webb County.

County Name

Site Name

Plot Name

Bastrop

Lower Colorado River Authority

Bastrop A

Bastrop

Lower Colorado River Authority

Bastrop B

Blanco

Bamberger Ranch

Blanco A

Blanco

Bamberger Ranch

Blanco B

Brazos

Texas Instruments Property

Brazos A

Brazos

Texas Instrument Property

Brazos B

Ellis

Durant Rodrigue

Rodrigue A

Ellis

Durant Rodrigue

Rodrigue B

Hays

Freeman Ranch

Hays A1

Hays

Freeman Ranch

Hays B1

Hays

Freeman Ranch

Hays A2

Hays

Freeman Ranch

Hays B2

Hays

Freeman Ranch

Hays A3

Hays

Freeman Ranch

Hays B3

Jim Wells

La Copita Ranch

La Copita Gazed 1A

Jim Wells

La Copita Ranch

La Copita Gazed 1B

Jim Wells

La Copita Ranch

La Copita Gazed 2A

Jim Wells

La Copita Ranch

La Copita Gazed 2B

Kaufman

Star Brand Ranch

Star Brand A

Kaufman

Star Brand Ranch

Star Brand B

Kaufman

W. R. Braziel

Braziel A

Kaufman

W. R. Braziel

Braziel B

Kaufman

Garry Hawes

Hawes A

Kaufman

Garry Hawes

Hawes B

Kendall

Guadalupe State Park

Guadalupe A

Kendall

Guadalupe State Park

Guadalupe B

Kerr

Kerr Wildlife Management Area

Kerr 1

Kerr

Kerr Wildlife Management Area

Kerr 2

Kerr

Kerr Wildlife Management Area

Kerr 3

Kerr

Kerr Wildlife Management Area

Kerr 4

Kerr

Kerr Wildlife Management Area

Kerr 5

Kerr

Kerr Wildlife Management Area

Kerr 6

Mason

Mason Mountain Wildlife Management Area

Mason OFA

Mason

Mason Mountain Wildlife Management Area

Mason OFB

Mason

Mason Mountain Wildlife Management Area

Mason MPA

Mason

Mason Mountain Wildlife Management Area

Mason MPB

Menard

Menard County

Menard A

Menard

Menard County

Menard B

Travis

City of Austin

Austin Baker 1

Travis

City of Austin

Austin Baker 2

Travis

City of Austin

Austin Hafif East

Travis

City of Austin

Austin Hafif West

Webb

Webb County

Webb A

Webb

Webb County

Webb B

Table 1. County, Sites, and Plots that the RLEM Extention on campus maintains.
A paired watershed approach is being used for each demonstration site. Procedures follow EPA Paired Watershed Study Design (1993, US EPA, Office of Water, Washington, D. C. 841-F-93-009). During the calibration phase, all catchments will receive the same treatment (current management by the landowner). A minimum of ten runoff events for all catchments at a given location is required for calibration. Folowing calibration, one catchment in each pair of watersheds will receive a BMP for that situation based on resource needs and landowner objectives. The other catchment will continue with the landowner management practices. These demonstrations will continue for a minimim of five years. This length of time is necessary for normal successional change to occur following treatment and to allow “stabilization” before concluding effects.

BMPs were established on additional catchments in Hays county, Mason county, and Kerr county this past spring (Table 2). BMPs will be established on the catchments in Bastrop, Brazos, Kendall/Comal, and Jim Wells (La Copita) county demonstrations this winter/spring 2003.

 

Location

Treated/Untreated

Plot

Date

Typeof Treatment

Braziel
BrazielStar Brand
Star Brand
Mason Mtn.Mason Mtn.Mason Mtn.
Mason Mtn.Hays Co.
Hays Co.Hays Co.
Hays Co.Hays Co.
Hays Co.KerrKerr
Kerr
KerrKerr
Kerr
La Copita
La Copita
La Copita
La Copita
HawesHawes
DurantDurant

Untreated
UntreatedTreated
Untreated
UntreatedTreatedTreated
UntreatedTreated
UntreatedTreated
UntreatedTreated
UntreatedTreatedTreated
Untreated
UntreatedTreated
Untreated
Untreated
Untreated
Untreated
Untreated
UntreatedTreated
UntreatedTreated

A
BA
B
OFAOFBMPA
MPBA1
B1A2
B2A3
B312
3
45
6
A1
B1
A2
B2
AB
AB

March-01March-01April-02

April-02

March-02

March-02

March-02

February-03

March-02

March-02

April-02

Established a grass nursury with 6 different native grasses near the plots.Established seeding with native grasses.Established seeding with native Grasses.

Removed all woody vegetation including cactus and treated stumps with remedy.

Simulatin Grazing every 90 days and raking material.

Removed all of the juniper after cutting it down.

Cut all of the juniper with a bobcat and left it lay in the plot.

The plot was burned during a prescribed burn.

Cut down all woody vegetation in the plot.

Removed all understory leaving mature live oak and white shinoak on the plot.

Total deferment of grazing by steers and horses.

Mowing of plot but landowner has infrequently shredded the property.

Table 2. Treated and untreated plots on watershed catchments.

To see the detailed report for each location click on the map or select from the drop-down list below

Ellis County Kaufman County Hemphill County Borden County Kinney County Mason County Loving County Edwards County Blanco County Brazos County Jim Wells County Bastrop County Kerr County Travis County Hays County Comal County Kendal County

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Ellis County Kaufman County Hemphill County Borden County Kinney County Mason County Loving County Edwards County Blanco County Brazos County Jim Wells County Bastrop County Kerr County Travis County Hays County Comal County Kendal County

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