Contacts: Clare Entwistle, 210-277-0292 ext 110, firstname.lastname@example.org
Patricia Carvajal, 210-302-3672, email@example.com
LA VERNIA – The Texas Water Resources Institute is hosting a meeting July 18 for anyone interested in becoming involved in a partnership to improve and protect the mid and lower portions of the Cibolo Creek watershed.
The meeting will be at 6 p.m. at the La Vernia Chamber of Commerce Hall, 12301 U.S. Highway 87 W. in La Vernia.
Clare Entwistle, research associate with Texas Water Resources Institute in San Antonio, said the meeting is the second in a series of meetings with stakeholders to develop strategies to address water quality impairments in the watershed.
“The mid and lower portions of Cibolo Creek are both designated by the state as impaired because of elevated bacteria concentrations and low dissolved oxygen concentrations,” she said.
The institute is collaborating with the San Antonio River Authority to work with local stakeholders on a plan to address the water quality issues, she said.
Entwistle said the upcoming meeting will give an overview of the previous meeting in May, provide an example of a watershed-based plan and continue reaching out to those in the watershed to establish a steering committee and topical workgroups.
“Interested stakeholders should become part of the planning process,” she said. “We will explain the watershed-based planning process to address these water quality concerns and the proposed timeline for developing a plan.”
She said water quality data will be presented with any new watershed characterization developments.
“Even if someone was not able to attend the first meeting in May, we are encouraging residents of the region to attend this meeting as their input is essential for identifying land and water issues and ensuring that appropriate and desirable management measures are included in the watershed-based plan,” Entwistle said.
This effort is funded through a nonpoint source grant from the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board.
For more information, visit the project website at http://cibolo.tamu.edu or contact Entwistle at firstname.lastname@example.org or Patricia Carvajal with San Antonio River Authority at email@example.com.