Meeting related to Lavaca River watershed planning set June 6 in Edna

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

Michael Schramm, 979-458-9191, michael.schramm@ag.tamu.edu

Protecting the water quality of the Lavaca River will be the topic of the June 6 meeting in Edna. (Texas Water Resources Institute photo)

EDNA – Anyone interested in improving and protecting water quality in the Lavaca River and its watershed is invited to a meeting on June 6 in Edna.

The Texas Water Resources Institute is hosting the free meeting at 6 p.m. at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office for Jackson County, 411 N. Wells St.

Dr. Allen Berthold, a water resources institute research scientist in College Station, said the meeting will provide an overview of the draft Lavaca River Watershed Protection Plan.

“The above-tidal portion of the Lavaca River and a portion of Rocky Creek, a tributary of the Lavaca River, are currently designated by the state as impaired because of elevated bacteria concentrations,” Berthold said.

Michael Schramm, also an institute research associate in College Station, said the purpose of the plan is to identify and prioritize voluntary management measures that will improve the health and water quality of the Lavaca River and its tributaries.

“Local stakeholders have provided critical feedback about the potential sources and feasible management of bacteria,” he said. “This meeting will provide an opportunity for local residents, landowners and officials to provide additional input as we approach a final draft of the watershed plan.”

Information provided at previous meetings is available at http://matagordabasin.tamu.edu/lavaca/meetings/.

For more information on the June 6 meeting, contact Berthold at taberthold@ag.tamu.edu or Schramm at michael.schramm@ag.tamu.edu.

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

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