Water quality meeting set Aug. 16 in Victoria

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

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

VICTORIA – The Texas Water Resources Institute, or TWRI, is hosting a meeting Aug. 16 in Victoria for anyone interested in joining a partnership to improve and protect water quality in the Garcitas Creek and Arenosa Creek watersheds.

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

The meeting, free and open to the public, will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Victoria Educational Gardens Pavilion, 283 Bachelor Drive.

Arenosa Creek. (Texas Water Resources Institute photo)

Dr. Allen Berthold, TWRI senior research scientist, College Station, said the meeting is the first in a series with local stakeholders to address water quality impairments in Arenosa and Garcitas creeks.

“Bacteria concentration in Arenosa Creek currently exceeds the state water quality standard for recreation,” he said.

Berthold said TWRI, through a project it manages,will be working with local landowners, agricultural producers, residents and other stakeholders to develop a strategic plan to reduce bacteria and other pollutants in local waterways.

“At the meeting, we will discuss the water quality data then present an overview of partnership structures, strategies and examples of different approaches for addressing water quality issues,” he said.

Michael Schramm, TWRI research associate, College Station, said organizing a watershed partnership of interested stakeholders is the meeting’s main purpose.

“The goal of the partnership is to develop a plan for improving water quality and reducing bacteria levels in the creeks,” he said. “Getting local involvement from interested individuals and developing a voluntary plan of action is the first step to successfully improving and protecting water quality.”

For more information, visit the project website at http://matagordabasin.tamu.edu or contact Schramm at michael.schramm@ag.tamu.edu.

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