Austin Area Watersheds: A TMDL Project to Protect Recreational Uses
River Basin: Colorado
Segments: 1403J, 1403K, 1428B, 1429C
- Project Overview
- Background and Goals
- Get Involved
- Proposed TMDLs and I-Plan
- For More Information
Background and Goals
High concentrations of bacteria are often found in four streams in the Austin metropolitan area —Waller and Walnut Creeks, 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 on its website.
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.
Notice of all general meetings will be posted here. Stay tuned to UT's Improving Austin Streams Web page for dates and information about subcommittee meetings and meeting records.
Proposed TMDLs and I-Plan
The public comment period for these document closed on August 18, 2014. Community stakeholders worked together to create the I-Plan to take care of water quality in their streams, and advised the TCEQ on development of the TMDLs.
The stakeholders and TCEQ will consider comments from the public and revise the documents if appropriate.
Documents created by the community-member organizations of the Coordination Committee are posted on UT's Improving Austin Streams Web page.
For More Information
Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and mention the Austin Area Bacteria TMDL project. Or call Chip Morris or Lauren Oertel, Project Managers, at 512-239-6682.