Austin Area Watersheds: A TMDL Project to Protect Recreational Uses
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 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.
Documents created by the member organizations of the Coordination Committee are posted on UT's Improving Austin Streams Web page.
For More Information
Please e-mail us at email@example.com, and mention the Austin Area Bacteria TMDL project. Or call Chip Morris or Lauren Oertel, Project Managers, at 512-239-6682.