The Texas Water Resources Institute is hosting a virtual introductory meeting for anyone interested in becoming involved in a watershed planning process to improve and protect the watersheds that drain into Petronila and San Fernando creeks, two main tributaries of Baffin Bay.
This kickoff meeting will be held online via Zoom on February 23 from 10 a.m. to noon. Interested parties need to RSVP on this page to receive information on how to join the virtual meeting. The meeting will provide an introduction to the stakeholder process and an overview of the watershed protection planning process.
Petronila and San Fernando creeks have been identified for not meeting the Texas water quality standards for contact recreation since 2010 and 2006 respectively due to elevated levels of bacteria. The creeks also have elevated chlorophyll-a, an indicator of excess nutrients in water.
The institute is coordinating on this project with the Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program, Nueces River Authority, Texas Sea Grant and Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The effort is funded through a State Nonpoint Source grant from the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board to lead local watershed stakeholders through the watershed protection planning process.