Institute to hold watershed planning meeting July 30 in Rogers

Big Elm Creek. (Texas Water Resources Institute photo)

ROGERS – The Texas Water Resources Institute, or TWRI, is hosting a meeting July 30 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. It will be the sixth in a series of meetings with local stakeholders to address water quality impairments in the Big Elm Creek watershed, a major tributary of Little River in Central Texas.

Dr. Allen Berthold, TWRI senior research scientist, College Station. said that the public response and involvement has been positive, and the feedback has been crucial to designing an effective watershed plan.

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 its success.

“We’ve really come a long way on working towards a watershed approach to management from the rural on up to urban areas,” Rhodes said. “When it comes down to it, everyone has something to contribute to watershed health.”

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 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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