Conservation Matters February 2019

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Institute to hold water quality meeting in Rogers

Institute to hold water quality meeting in Rogers

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) is hosting a meeting Feb. 19 in Rogers for anyone interested in joining a partnership to improve and protect water quality in the Big Elm Creek watershed.

The meeting, free and open to the public, will be at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 5 W. Prairie Ave.

Dr. Allen Berthold, TWRI senior research scientist, said the meeting is the second in a series with local stakeholders to address water quality impairments in Big Elm Creek, a major tributary of Little River in Central Texas.

“Bacteria concentrations in Big Elm Creek currently exceed the state water quality standard for recreation,” he said.

Ed Rhodes, TWRI research associate, College Station, said TWRI will work with local landowners, agricultural producers, residents, governmental entities and other stakeholders to develop a strategic plan to reduce these pollutants in the watershed.

“The first step to improving water quality is to get local feedback and participation in designing a voluntary work plan that addresses possible sources of bacteria,” he said. “The local stakeholders in the partnership will develop and implement that plan to improve water quality and reduce bacteria levels in the creek.”

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is supporting stakeholder engagement activities for the Big Elm Creek watershed with funding provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through a Clean Water Act grant.

For more information, visit the project website or contact Rhodes at edward.rhodes@ag.tamu.edu.

Read the AgriLife Today article.

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