Institute to hold water quality meeting May 21 in Rogers

Checking water quality in Big Elm Creek. (Texas Water Resources Institute photo)

ROGERS – The Texas Water Resources Institute, or TWRI, will host a meeting May 21 in Rogers for anyone interested in joining a partnership to improve and protect water quality in the Big Elm Creek watershed.

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.

TWRI 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.

This meeting will be the fourth 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 and feedback are important in fully understanding the dynamics and solutions to water quality challenges facing the watershed,” said Dr. Allen Berthold, TWRI senior research scientist, College Station.

Ed Rhodes, TWRI research associate, College Station, emphasized that work on the watershed plan is ongoing and continuing public feedback and engagement is important for success.

“Throughout this process, we will be meeting with local stakeholders and welcome continued feedback and engagement from all that live, work or play within the watershed,” Rhodes said.

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://littleriver.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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