Discussions will address watershed management needs, improving water quality
By: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Lucas Gregory, 979-845-7869, email@example.com
Edward Schneider, 979-828-4270, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dusty Tittle, 979-823-0129, email@example.com
COLLEGE STATION – The Texas Water Resources Institute, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board are hosting two public meetings July 14 — one in College Station and one in Franklin.
The meetings are for anyone interested in improving and protecting water quality in the Navasota River and its watershed downstream of Lake Limestone, coordinators said.
The meeting times and locations will be:
– From 1:30–3:30 p.m. at the College Station Utilities Meeting and Training Facility assembly room, 1601 Graham Road in College Station. Registration begins at 1 p.m.
– From 6:30–8:30 p.m. at Pridgeon Community Center’s Franklin Room, 351 Cooks Lane in Franklin. Registration begins at 6 p.m.
Landowners, homeowners, business owners, concerned citizens and city and county officials are invited to attend either meeting, said Dr. Lucas Gregory, Texas Water Resources Institute research scientist.
“At the meetings, we will continue discussions regarding planning efforts to improve and protect water quality in the Navasota River and its watershed,” Gregory said. “Current bacteria loads, their sources and the needed amount of bacteria loading reduction to meet water quality standards in the watershed will all be discussed.
Gregory said recommended management measures to address the various sources of bacteria in the river would also be discussed.
The Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board has funded the Navasota River Watershed Protection Plan through a state nonpoint source grant, coordinators said. These meetings are a continuation of protection plan efforts.
Edward Schneider, AgriLife Extension agent for Robertson County, said watershed protection plans are a common tool used across Texas to improve surface water quality using voluntary measures.
“Local watershed stakeholders develop these plans through a facilitated planning process,” he said. “As a result, plans are usually a very effective tool for improving and protecting water quality.“
Coordinators stressed the need for local input from people who live in and around the affected area.
“Local landowner involvement in this process is critical,” said Dusty Tittle, AgriLife Extension agent for Brazos County. “Their understanding of the watershed is crucial for developing an effective watershed protection plan.”