Restoring and Protecting a Creek Isn't Easy

Keeping a creek safe, clean, and healthy takes work—especially in an area with high growth, rapid development and increased pressures from humans and invasive species.

Plum Creek has historically played a critical role in the growth and development of the area, from its appeal as a reliable water source for settlers and livestock to recreation opportunities. However, beginning in 2004, the stream was listed by the State of Texas as having E. coli bacteria levels that impaired contact recreation use of the stream, as well as having elevated nutrient concentrations.

Texas made Plum Creek a pilot project in 2005 for local coordination. The people and organizations who affect the creek and count on it make up the Plum Creek Watershed Partnership.

This Partnership developed its initial Watershed Protection Plan (WPP) in 2008 to restore and protect Plum Creek and its tributaries in Caldwell and Hays Counties in South Central Texas. This was the first WPP accepted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the State of Texas.

The Plum Creek WPP is a living document, updated in 2012, 2014, 2018, and 2020 includes key recommendations for programs, projects, public outreach and best practices. Through focused local efforts, the Plan 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.

Browse the website to find out more and get involved!

Plum Creek is a 52-mile stream that begins in Hays County north of Kyle and flows southeast through Caldwell County, passing Lockhart and Luling before meeting the San Marcos River near the Caldwell-Gonzales County line (southern-most tip of watershed).

News & Events

Photo Contest a Great Success!

The contest was organized by the Plum Creek Watershed Partnership to showcase images that demonstrate what folks around the Plum Creek Watershed value about their environment.…

Kyle’s Robotic Litter Cleaner

The City of Kyle is taking a futuristic approach to keeping its parks clean with an agreement for a robotic litter collection service developed by…

2020 Plum Creek Watershed Cleanup Results

Since 2008, 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…

Texas Watershed Stewards Workshop

A Texas Watershed Steward workshop on the relationship between land stewardship and water quality in the Plum Creek Watershed was held on September 2 at…

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