Tres Palacios Creek watershed protection plan meeting set April 10 in Palacios

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Tres Palacios Creek. (Texas Water Resources Institute photo)

PALACIOS – The Texas Water Resources Institute, or TWRI, is hosting a meeting April 10 in Palacios to discuss the implementation of the Tres Palacios Watershed Protection Plan.

The meeting will be held at 1 p.m. at the Matagorda County Navigation District, 1602 Main St.

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.

Michael Schramm, TWRI research associate in College Station, said the Tres Palacios Watershed Plan was recently accepted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

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

Schramm said the Tres Palacios was classified impaired by the state of Texas due to excessive bacteria and low dissolved oxygen levels.

“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 a picture of plan implementation status  and to identify where local stakeholders can get involved to improve water quality,” he said.

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

This meeting is funded by a Texas Coastal Management Program Grant approved by the Texas Land Commissioner pursuant to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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

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

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