Partners

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

  • The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is one of the most comprehensive state environmental agencies in the nation and aims to protect our state’s public health and natural resources consistent with sustainable economic development. Some of the agency’s many functions include Water Quality Compliance Review and Statewide Water Quality Monitoring.
  • The TCEQ’s Nonpoint Source Program supports the San Marcos Watershed Initiative (SMWI) by providing state oversight and management of all project activities and ensures coordination of activities with related projects and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB).

Texas State University (TXSTATE)

  • Texas State University (TXSTATE) is a public institution of higher education offering over 38,800 students from 98 bachelor’s, 90 master’s, and 12 doctoral degree programs. The university campus is located in the Texas Hill Country, where blackland prairies roll into beautiful hills. Texas State University’s location on the banks of the spring-fed San Marcos River is not only a popular recreational area and site for education opportunities, it is also a constant reminder of the importance of water.
  • TXSTATE supports the San Marcos Watershed Initiative (SMWI) by providing state oversight of all fiscal and contract management as well as university technical resources and subject matter expertise. The university also provides match contributions and match for Best Management Practice (BMP) located on university property.

The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment (MCWE)

  • The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment (MCWE) is a nonprofit educational center dedicated to studying, preserving, and interpreting the remarkable aquatic ecosystem that surrounds it as it extends that attention and concern to all freshwater systems. The Meadows Center aims to develop and promote holistic approaches to the management of river systems including the springs, streams, aquifers and watersheds that feed them as well as the lakes, bays and estuaries into which they flow. The Meadows Center supports the key principles of sustainability and equitable use in guiding sound water policy and solutions at the local, national, and international level.
  • The Meadows Center supports the San Marcos Watershed Initiative (SMWI) by providing leadership, coordination assistance, in-kind contributions, program management, water quality monitoring and analysis, stakeholder facilitation, and modeling and BMP implementation expertise.

Texas Stream Team (TST)

  • The Texas Stream Team (TST) is a network of trained citizen scientists and supportive partners that work together to gather information about the natural resources of Texas and to ensure that information is available to all Texans.  Volunteers are trained to collect quality-assured information that can be used to make environmentally sound decisions.  Established in 1991, Texas Watch (now Texas Stream Team) is administered through a cooperative partnership between Texas State University, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
  • The TST supports the San Marcos Watershed Initiative (SMWI) by providing education and outreach support and materials, training and support of citizen science-based water quality and environmental monitoring, technical support and assistance with water quality analyses as well as coordinated water quality monitoring at strategic watershed locations.

The City of San Marcos

  • The City of San Marcos is a city in central Texas located on the Interstate 35 corridor between Austin and San Antonio. Founded in 1851 on the banks of the San Marcos River, the area is among the oldest continuously inhabited sites in the Northern Hemisphere. San Marcos is home to Texas State University.
  • The City supports the San Marcos Watershed Initiative (SMWI) by providing community leadership, in-kind and match support, technical assistance, and participation in stakeholder committee activities as well as land/facilities for demonstration BMPs and implementation of BMPs and Education and Outreach activities.

San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance (SMGA)

  • The San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance (SMGA) is a non-profit, all volunteer organization that thrives on the membership of people who understand the value of the natural world. The SMGA works to protect the quality of life for the people of San Marcos through the creation of interconnected parks and natural areas. Today, amid unprecedented growth throughout central Texas, the SMGA is dedicated to ensuring that along with development, we take care to protect natural areas for ourselves, our children, and our future.
  • The SMGA supports the San Marcos Watershed Initiative (SMWI) by providing support for education and outreach activities, technical support, in-kind contributions and expertise regarding BMP installation and in management. Today, amid unprecedented growth throughout central Texas, the SMGA is dedicated to ensuring that along with development, we take care to protect natural areas for ourselves, our children, and our future.

The San Marcos River Foundation (SMRF)

  • The San Marcos River Foundation (SMRF) is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1985 to preserve public access to the San Marcos River, protect the flow, natural beauty and purity of the river, its watershed and estuaries for future generations.
  • The SMRF supports the San Marcos Watershed Initiative (SMWI) by providing support for education and outreach activities, technical support, in-kind contributions and expertise regarding land management strategies.

The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA)

  • The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority was established by the Texas Legislature. GBRA provides stewardship for the water resources in its ten-county statutory district, which begins near the headwaters of the Guadalupe and Blanco Rivers, ends at San Antonio Bay, and includes Kendall, Comal, Hays, Caldwell, Guadalupe, Gonzales, DeWitt, Victoria, Calhoun and Refugio counties. The GBRA is a widely-recognized leader in managing water resources that benefit both people and the environment.
  • The GBRA supports the San Marcos Watershed Initiative (SMWI) by providing technical assistance regarding water quality data collection, interpretation and analysis, subject matter expertise regarding pollution estimation/reduction and best management practice implementation, participation in stakeholder committee activities, water quality analysis services, support for technical matters and QAPP development as well as assistance with education and outreach activities.

Hays County Texas Master Naturalists Chapter (HCMN)

  • The Hays County Master Naturalist (HCMN) chapter is part of the Texas Master Naturalist program, a statewide organization sponsored jointly by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. The Hays County chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist program is dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within our communities through the formation of a corps of trained volunteers. The program is presented through a collaborative effort of professionals from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and other organizations, as well as past students of the Master Naturalist Program.
  • The HCMN supports the San Marcos Watershed Initiative (SMWI) by assisting with education and outreach activities and provide in-kind contributions to maintain best management practices (BMPs) (rain gardens, natural features, etc.).

The Hill Country Alliance (HCA)

  • The Hill Country Alliance (HCA) is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to raise public awareness and build community support around the need to preserve the natural resources and heritage of the Central Texas Hill Country. The HCA is comprised of a passionate and diverse board of directors and advisers with experience and expertise in land stewardship, scenic protection, groundwater supply, county authority, subdivision rules, public and private land conservation, land planning, grassroots organizing and more.
  • The HCA supports the San Marcos Watershed Initiative (SMWI) by providing support for education and outreach activities, technical support and in-kind contributions as well as expertise regarding land management strategies.

The Nature Conservancy (TNC)

  • The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.  TNC addresses the most pressing conservation threats at the largest scale. Thanks to the support of their more than 1 million members, they’ve built a tremendous record of success since their founding in 1951.
  • The Nature Conservancy supports the San Marcos Initiative (SMWI) by providing education and support to landowners to manage land for conservation within the San Marcos River watershed.

Alan Plummer Associates, Inc (APAI)

  • Alan Plummer Associates, Inc (APAI) is a regional firm founded with a vision to uphold environmental stewardship and technical excellence. Dedicated to water resources, environmental science, and engineering, APAI balances sound scientific and engineering principles with innovative technology.
  • APAI supports the San Marcos Watershed Initiative (SMWI) by providing technical assistance and subject matter expertise, assistance with Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) development, professional services for oversight of BMP implementation and project management, land management strategies and ordinance review and analysis.

The San Marcos Lions Club

  • The San Marcos Lions Club chapter is part of the Lions Club International organization.
  • The San Marcos Lions Club supports the San Marcos Watershed Initiative (SMWI) by providing support for education and outreach activities.

Texas State University, Environmental Health, Safety, and Risk Management (EHSRM)

  • Texas State University, Environmental Health, Safety, and Risk Management (EHSRM) aims to ensure a safe and healthy work environment for faculty, staff and students and promote work practices that achieve excellence in environmental stewardship.
  • Texas State University, EHSRM supports the San Marcos Watershed Initiative (SMWI) by providing technical expertise, assisting in the tasks involving construction of the demonstration BMPs such as SWPPP plan reviews, SWPPP inspections during construction and post construction maintenance inspections, education and outreach components of the demonstration projects, and coordinate efforts to ensure that WPP and MS4 activities are complimentary.

Texas State University, Facilities Department

  • The Texas State University, Facilities Department aims to support the University’s mission and goals by providing cost effective and innovative resource management and by operating, maintaining and constructing safe, efficient and attractive facilities and infrastructure that support excellence in teaching and research and contribute to economic and cultural development.
  • Facilities leadership and staff support the San Marcos Watershed Initiative (SMWI) by providing technical expertise regarding installation of LID and green infrastructure projects and oversees construction and installation of BMPs on University campus.

Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) (Edwards Aquifer Authority) Implementing Committee

Texas Clean Rivers Program (CRP)

  • The Texas Clean Rivers Program (CRP) is a state fee-funded, non-regulatory program that was created to provide a framework and forum for managing water quality issues in a more holistic manner. The focus of the program is to coordinate and conduct water quality monitoring, assessment, and stakeholder participation to improve the quality of surface water within each river basin in Texas. The CRP is a collaboration of 15 partner agencies including river authorities, municipal water authorities, councils of government, and the TCEQ.
  • The program provides the opportunity to approach water quality issues at the watershed level, locally and regionally through coordinated efforts among diverse organizations.

Hays County

  • Located on the Edwards Plateau in central Texas, Hays County is one of the nation’s ten fastest-growing counties with a population of at least 10,000. Founded March 1, 1848, the county is named for Tennessee transplant Captain John Coffee “Jack” Hays, a legendary Texas Ranger and one of the best-known and respected Texans of his day. Ideally situated between Austin and San Antonio, the county’s rich history, geographical significance and natural beauty continue to make Hays County an excellent location to live, work and visit.

Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program

  • The National Parks Service Rivers, Trails, & Conservation Assistance Program is the community assistance arm of the National Park Service that supports community-led natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the nation. Their national network of conservation and recreation planning professionals partner with community groups, nonprofits, tribes, and state and local governments to design trails and parks, conserve and improve access to rivers, protect special places, and create recreation opportunities.

The Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB)

The Texas State Soil & Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) is the state agency that administers Texas’ soil and water conservation law and coordinates conservation and nonpoint source water pollution abatement programs throughout the State. The TSSWCB offers technical assistance to the State’s 216 soil and water conservation districts. The TSSWCB also works with other state and federal agencies on nonpoint source issues as they relate to water quality standards, Total Maximum Daily Loads, Watershed Protection Plans, and the Coastal Management Program. Because the TSSWCB is the lead Texas agency for agricultural and silvicultural nonpoint source pollution abatement, all other state agencies must coordinate their nonpoint source abatement efforts with the TSSWCB, and the TSSWCB is charged with representing the State before the USEPA in such matters.

San Marcos Watershed Initiative (SMWI) Stakeholder Committee

The San Marcos Watershed Initiative (SMWI) Stakeholder Committee is comprised of individuals who represent the voice of the various members of the community, including agriculture, business, real estate, City, University, NGOs, cultural diversity, Riparian landowners, and River Authorities. The Stakeholder Committee meets regularly to coordinate efforts and track progress of Watershed Protection Plan (WPP) implementation and other regional and local water quality protection efforts, as well as raise additional funds to support long term sustainability of the WPP.