Big Elm Creek water quality meeting set for June 18 in Rogers

Big Elm Creek. (Texas Water Resources Institute photo by Lucas Gregory)

ROGERS – The Texas Water Resources Institute, or TWRI, is hosting a free public meeting June 18 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 will be at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 5 W. Prairie Ave.

This meeting will be the fifth in a series with local stakeholders to address water quality impairments in Big Elm Creek, a major tributary of Little River in Central Texas.

Dr. Allen Berthold, right, conducts a watershed planning meeting. (Texas Water Resources Institute photo by Ed Rhodes)

Dr. Allen Berthold, TWRI senior research scientist, College Station, said public involvement and feedback is paramount to the success in the design and implementation of a watershed plan.

Ed Rhodes, TWRI research associate, College Station, said work on the Big Elm Creek watershed plan is ongoing and needs additional community input.

“We’ve really appreciated the feedback and participation that we’ve gotten so far and look forward to continued engagement from local stakeholders,” 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 on previous and upcoming meetings, visit the project website at or contact Rhodes at


Contacts: Dr. Allen Berthold, 979-845-2028,

Ed Rhodes, 979-458-5663,

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