Stakeholder meeting for Mission, Aransas rivers set for Aug. 10 in Refugio

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

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

Copano Bay. (Photo courtesy Texas Water Resources Institute)

REFUGIO—Anyone interested in improving and protecting water quality in the Mission and Aransas rivers is invited to an Aug. 10 meeting in Refugio.

The Texas Water Resources Institute will host the free meeting, which will begin at 1 p.m. at the Refugio County Fairgrounds, 245 Fairgrounds Road.

Dr. Allen Berthold, Texas Water Resources Institute research scientist in College Station, said segments of both the Mission and Aransas rivers, which drain into portions of Bee, Goliad, Refugio and San Patricio counties, remain on the state’s list of impaired water bodies due to elevated bacteria levels.

He said a Total Maximum Daily Load and Implementation Plan, developed with local stakeholders and approved in 2016, has outlined an approach on how to best mitigate the bacterial impairments.

“Efforts have been underway to secure resources needed to implement portions of the plan,” Berthold said.

Michael Schramm, a Texas Water Resources Institute research associate in College Station, said the meeting’s purpose is to provide an update on implementation and grant proposals, changes in water quality impairments and upcoming activities.

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

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