Conservation Matters April 2017

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

TWRI to host Lavaca River watershed planning meeting May 4 in Edna

TWRI to host Lavaca River watershed planning meeting May 4 in Edna Photo by Michael Schramm, TWRI.

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) is hosting a meeting May 4 in Edna to discuss improving and protecting water quality in the Lavaca River and its watershed.

The free meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Jackson County, 411 N. Wells St.

Dr. Allen Berthold, a TWRI research scientist, said area residents, city and county officials and other stakeholders are encouraged to attend this meeting to give input on strategies to address water quality impairments in the watershed.

“The above-tidal portion of the Lavaca River and a portion of Rocky Creek, a tributary of the Lavaca River, are currently designated by the state as impaired because of elevated bacteria concentrations,” he said.

Michael Schramm, a TWRI research associate, said the meeting will specifically discuss progress on the Lavaca River Watershed Protection Plan.

“The watershed protection plan was developed using feedback from local stakeholders regarding bacterial sources and voluntary management measures that will improve water quality,” he said. “This meeting will provide an additional opportunity for local residents, landowners and officials to further comment on the plan.”

Information provided at previous meetings is available at matagordabasin.tamu.edu/lavaca/meetings/.

For more information in the May 4 meeting, contact Berthold at taberthold@ag.tamu.edu or Schramm at michael.schramm@ag.tamu.edu.

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