Texas Water Resources Institute to hold water quality meeting April 16 in Rogers

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Checking water quality at Big Elm Creek. (Texas Water Resources Institute photo by Lucas Gregory)

ROGERS – The Texas Water Resources Institute, or TWRI, is hosting a meeting April 16 in Rogers for anyone interested in joining a partnership to improve and protect water quality in the Big Elm Creek watershed.

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, which is free and open to the public, will be at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 5 W. Prairie Ave.

Dr. Allen Berthold, TWRI senior research scientist, College Station, said the meeting is the third in a series with local stakeholders to address water quality impairments in Big Elm Creek, a major tributary of Little River in Central Texas.

“Public involvement is key to improving water quality; everyone has something that they can bring to the table,” Berthold said.

Ed Rhodes, TWRI research associate, College Station, said work on a strategic plan to reduce pollutants in the watershed is ongoing, and discussion will focus on reviewing draft materials and getting stakeholder input.

“Getting feedback from the local community is of great importance,” Rhodes said. “The folks who live and work here know this watershed better than anyone else.”

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is supporting stakeholder engagement activities for the Big Elm Creek watershed with funding provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through a Clean Water Act grant.

For more information, visit the project website at http://bigelmcreek.twri.tamu.edu/ or contact Rhodes at edward.rhodes@ag.tamu.edu.

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

Ed Rhodes, 979-458-5663, edward.rhodes@ag.tamu.edu

 

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