SEGUIN — The evening of Aug. 7, the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority and Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board will hold a Geronimo and Alligator Creeks Partnership meeting.
The no-cost meeting is open to the public. It will be held at the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority’s River Annex, 905 Nolan St. in Seguin. Sign-in and refreshments are at 5:30 p.m., with proceedings to begin at 6 p.m.
“Thanks to the partnership’s participation and the involvement of area residents and other stakeholders, the final draft of the Geronimo and Alligator creeks watershed protection plan is now complete,” said Debbie Magin, director of water quality services at the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority.
Magin said the draft plan has undergone public review and comment and is ready for a final reading before being submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Partnership and public involvement led to the development of a “comprehensive, sustainable, voluntary and locally-driven watershed protection plan,” said Ward Ling, AgriLife Extension program specialist, College Station. “The end goal is to improve and protect water quality in the creeks. In order to get there, we need to finalize and implement the watershed protection plan.”
The final draft of the watershed protection plan, as well as meeting information, can be found at http://geronimocreek.org.
Geronimo Creek and its tributary, Alligator Creek, which flow through Comal and Guadalupe counties, were identified for watershed protection plan development due to concerns about high levels of nitrogen and elevated levels of bacteria, as reported in the Texas Water Quality Inventory published by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
A Clean Water Act grant was provided to the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and the EPA to facilitate the development of this watershed protection plan. Other key area partners supporting watershed protection efforts include Comal and Guadalupe counties, the cities of Seguin and New Braunfels, New Braunfels Utilities and the Comal-Guadalupe Soil and Water Conservation District.