Institute to hold June 21 meeting in Palacios

Focus will be implementing Tres Palacios Creek watershed protection plan

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

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

Nathan Glavy, 979-458-5915, nathan.glavy@ag.tamu.edu

PALACIOS – The Texas Water Resources Institute, or TWRI, is hosting a meeting June 21 in Palacios to discuss implementation of the Tres Palacios Watershed Protection Plan.

A meeting on the Tres Palacios Watershed Protection Plan will be held June 21 in Palacios. (Texas Water Resources Institute photo)

The 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.

The meeting will be 1:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 209 Lucas Ave.

Michael Schramm, research associate with TWRI, said the Tres Palacios Watershed Protection Plan recently received acceptance by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

“We are now working with local stakeholders to assist in the implementation of management measures identified in the plan to reduce bacteria and nutrient loads reaching the creek,” Schramm said.

He said the Tres Palacios has been classified impaired by the state of Texas due to excessive bacteria and low dissolved oxygen.

“However, local stakeholders worked extensively to develop a plan that identifies voluntary management actions that will gradually improve water quality,” he said.

Schramm said the meeting will provide an update on recent water quality conditions and a discussion about ongoing and upcoming projects. The goal of the meeting is to provide stakeholders with an overview of implementation status and identify where local stakeholders can get involved to improve water quality.

“We’re encouraging residents of the region to attend this meeting as their input is essential for identifying land and water issues and ensuring appropriate and desirable management measures are addressed,” he said.

For more information, contact Schramm at michael.schramm@ag.tamu.edu.

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