Guadalupe-Blanco River: Continuous Water Quality Monitoring
The Guadalupe River Basin Monitoring Network was formed in response to water quality impairments and concerns within the Guadalupe River Basin. The goal of the network is to create continuous-water-quality-monitoring (CWQM) stations throughout the basin to determine existing water quality conditions and monitor for changes. The data from these stations will allow problems to be addressed early on, thus minimizing the effects of pollution on the environment and people.
The Network is a collaborative effort among the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA), the Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust, the United States Geological Survey, and the TCEQ.
For this project, new CWQM stations were added to the Network at three locations: on Cypress Creek (near the confluence with the Blanco River); Geronimo Creek (at SH 123 in Guadalupe County); and Sandies Creek (near Cuero). These sites were chosen because each water body has water quality impairments in need of monitoring.
In addition, watershed protection plans are being developed for the Cypress Creek and Geronimo Creek watersheds. To support watershed planning efforts, the CWQM data will be used to identify pollutant sources and evaluate the effectiveness of best management practices after they are installed.
The GBRA informed the public about water quality conditions through electronic notifications, educational computer kiosks placed at strategic locations within each watershed, and updates to the GBRA website.
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