Little Bay water quality public discussion set for Dec. 12 in Rockport

The Texas Water Resources Institute, TWRI, is hosting a meeting on Dec. 12 in Rockport for anyone interested in a brief presentation and discussion of ongoing research in the Little Bay watershed involving microbial source tracking and human health risk analysis. The meeting will be held at 2 p.m. at the Bay Education Center, 121 Seabreeze Dr.

TWRI is part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and the Texas A&M University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Shay Postma, a research associate with TWRI and Texas A&M AgriLife Research in College Station, said the meeting will be the first of two with watershed stakeholders to discuss recent research project findings. The initial meeting on Dec. 12 will provide an overview of the research conducted to date, as well as preliminary results. There will also be an opportunity for discussion and stakeholder input.

TWRI is coordinating this project along with the University of Texas Health Houston School of Public Health and Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, with the goals of evaluating recently published microbial source tracking data from Little Bay and estimating potential human health risks associated with different recreational activities in the bay via a mathematical modeling approach.

This project was funded by a Texas Coastal Management Program grant approved by the Texas Land Commissioner, providing financial assistance under the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, awarded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office for Coastal Management, pursuant to NOAA Award No. NA22NOS4190148.

For more information, contact Shay Postma at, Anna Gitter at or Nicole Powers at Read more about the project at


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