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Austin Area Watersheds: A TMDL Project to Protect Recreational Uses

A current project to reduce bacteria and protect recreational safety in Waller, Walnut, and Shoal creeks and Taylor Slough in the city of Austin. The stakeholders and TCEQ are developing total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) and an implementation plan (I-Plan), which together will provide the road map for improving water quality.
photo of Walnut Creek in Austin, Texas;
Walnut Creek


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County: Travis
Parameter: Bacteria
River Basin: Colorado
Segments: 1403J, 1403K, 1428B, 1429C

Background and Goals

High concentrations of bacteria are often found in four streams in the Austin metropolitan area — Walnut Creek, Waller Creek, the Spicewood Tributary to Shoal Creek, and Taylor Slough South. High concentrations of bacteria may indicate a health risk to people who swim or wade in the creeks—activities called “contact recreation” in the state’s standards for water quality.

The goal of the project is to reduce bacteria levels to protect people who swim or wade in the creeks. The City of Austin provides summary information about the watersheds Exit the TCEQ site on its website.

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Get Involved

In all our projects, we seek opinions and information from people who represent government, permitted facilities, agriculture, business, environmental, and community and private interests in the watershed.

Throughout this project, all stakeholders and communities that use or affect these streams will be engaged in developing the strategy to improve water quality.

The UT School of Law Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution and the City of Austin Exit the TCEQ site will coordinate public involvement in this project. 

Meetings

Notice of all general meetings will be posted here. Stay tuned to UT's Improving Austin Streams Exit the TCEQ site Web page for dates and information about subcommittee meetings and meeting records.

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Reports

Documents created by the member organizations of the Coordination Committee are posted on UT's Improving Austin Streams Exit the TCEQ site Web page.

For More Information

Please e-mail us at tmdl@tceq.texas.gov, and mention the Austin Area Bacteria TMDL project. Or call Chip Morris or Lauren Oertel, Project Managers, at 512-239-6682.

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