The Texas Water Resources Institute, TWRI, is hosting a meeting for anyone interested in becoming involved in a partnership to improve and protect the Lower Medina River watershed. The meeting will be held on Jan. 9 at 2 p.m. at the St. Louis Braden Keller Community Center, 1410 Amelia St., in Castroville.
Jason Gerlich, TWRI research specialist with Texas A&M AgriLife Research in College Station, said the meeting is the second in a series of meetings with watershed stakeholders developing strategies needed to address water quality impairments in the watershed.
“The Lower Medina River is currently designated by the state as impaired because of elevated bacteria concentrations,” he said. “There are also nutrient concerns present in the watershed as well. Both the impairment and concern can begin to be addressed through the watershed plan.”
TWRI is part of AgriLife Research, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University.
Gerlich said the second meeting will detail the stakeholder-driven process and provide an overview of water quality monitoring efforts that have taken place in the watershed. Time permitting, information on chapter development will be presented as well.
“We will explain how the process is stakeholder-driven, why they are so instrumental in the development of these plans and create a framework to develop the WPP within,” he said.
Gerlich said interested stakeholders should become part of the planning process.
“We’re encouraging citizens of the region to attend this meeting, as their input is essential for identifying land and water issues and ensuring that appropriate and desirable management measures are included in the watershed-based plan,” he said.
The institute is coordinating this project along with the San Antonio River Authority, with the goal of collaborating with local stakeholders to develop a plan to address the water quality issues. Funding for this effort is provided through a federal Clean Water Act Section 319(h) grant, administered by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, from the U.S Environmental Protection Agency.
For more information, contact Gerlich at firstname.lastname@example.org or Patricia Carvajal with the San Antonio River Authority at email@example.com. Read more about the watershed at medina.twri.tamu.edu.