Guadalupe River Above Canyon Lake: Implementing a Plan to Protect Recreational Uses
River Basin: Guadalupe
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The goal of this project is to reduce bacteria concentrations to protect the safety of recreational uses. High concentrations of fecal bacteria, which are naturally found in both human and animal waste, may indicate a health risk to people who swim or wade in the creek—activities called “contact recreation” in the Texas Surface Water Quality Standards.
Water quality testing conducted prior to 2006 indicated that concentrations of bacteria are sometimes too high in Segment 1806 of the Guadalupe River, the Guadalupe River above Canyon Lake.
The areas of concern are specifically confined to two small assessment areas within the city of Kerrville: (1) 1 mile upstream of Flat Rock Dam to a confluence with Camp Meeting Creek, and (2) from RR 394 to one mile downstream.
Project staff are working with the Steering Committee of the Upper Guadalupe River Authority to keep the public informed of project status. The Steering Committee is a forum established under the Texas Clean Rivers Program, and includes representatives from state and federal agencies, cities, industries, citizen groups, local governments, universities, water districts, agricultural producers, and other water user groups.
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