Water quality in Tres Palacios watershed topic of July 30 meeting

Contact: Allen Berthold, 979-845-2028, taberthold@ag.tamu.edu

PALACIOS — Anyone interested in improving and protecting the Tres Palacios Creek watershed along the Texas Gulf Coast is invited to a July 30 meeting in Palacios.

The Texas Water Resources Institute will host the free meeting at 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 209 Lucas Ave.

Dr. Allen Berthold, Texas Water Resources Institute research scientist in College Station, said the meeting is the first in a series of meetings with watershed stakeholders on developing strategies needed to address water quality impairments in the watershed.

“The tidal segment of the Tres Palacios watershed, which primarily occupies portions of Matagorda and Wharton counties, is currently on the state’s list of impaired waters,” he said. “The list identifies water bodies that do not meet the state’s water quality standards for their designated uses, as required by the federal Clean Water Act.”

The institute manages a project that is working with stakeholders to develop a plan to address bacterial pollution, Berthold said.

“This initial meeting will give an overview of water quality information, including potential point and nonpoint sources of pollution, for the Tres Palacios watershed and needed steps to reduce bacterial pollution in the watershed,” he said. “We will explain the watershed-based planning process to address these water quality concerns and the proposed timeline for developing a plan.”

Berthold 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 developing and implementing a watershed-based plan,” he said.

The institute is a unit of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas A&M University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.


For more information, contact Berthold at 979-845-2028 taberthold@ag.tamu.edu.




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