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Guadalupe River Above Canyon Lake: Implementing a Plan to Protect Recreational Uses

The goal of this current project is to keep recreation safe in this segment of the river by reducing bacteria levels. The adopted TMDL and the approved I-Plan combined are the road map to improving water quality in the creek.
photo of the Guadalupe River at Town Creek
Guadalupe River at the Confluence with Town Creek

County: Kerr
Parameter: Bacteria
River Basin: Guadalupe
Segments: 1806

Project Overview

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 were confined to two small assessment areas within the city of Kerrville: (1) one mile upstream of Flat Rock Dam to a confluence with Camp Meeting Creek, and (2) from RR 394 to one mile downstream.

Beginning in 2014, assessment indicated that two tributaries to Segment 1806, Town Creek (1806E) and Quinlan Creek (1806D), sometimes have bacteria concentrations that are too high. Additional TMDLs will be developed for these creeks and added as an addendum in the state's Water Quality Management Plan.

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Get Involved

Project staff are working with the Upper Guadalupe River Authority Exit the TCEQ to keep the public informed of project status. Find out more about what it means to participate in TMDL projects.

Updated Information Next Meeting

December 14, 20017
Noon

Upper Guadalupe River Authority
125 Lehmann Drive, Suite 100
Kerrville 78028
(830) 896-5456, ext. 227

TCEQ will provide information on an addendum to add TMDLs for the Town and Quinlan Creeks to the original TMDL. The stakeholders will also review the I-Plan and history of its implementation, and discuss a timeline and process for possible revisions to the plan.

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Partners

The organizations listed below are partners in improving water quality in the Guadalupe River Above Canyon Lake. Most of the links in this section exit the TCEQ website Exit the TCEQ.

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Contact Us

Please e-mail us at tmdl@tceq.texas.gov, and mention the Guadalupe River bacteria project in the subject line. Or call us at 512-239-6682.

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Strategy

Bird deterrent structure over the Guadalupe River
Bird deterrent net under a bridge over the Guadalupe River

The Guadalupe River Implementation Plan documents measures stakeholders are using to reduce bacteria loads. The City of Kerrville, Kerr County, and the Texas Department of Transportation have committed to partner with UGRA to implement these measures. Their strategy includes the following actions:

  • Modify the Highway 16 bridge to reduce wildlife nesting.
  • Reduce feeding of birds and manage the waterfowl population at Louise Hays and Kerrville-Schreiner parks.
  • Educate park users and install stations for proper disposal of pet waste.
  • Repair, replace, and inspect sewage lines and septic systems.

Management measures were selected based on feasibility, costs, support, and timing.

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Status

Assessment in 2014 indicates that the impaired portions of Segment 1806 are fully supporting the contact recreation use. However, the tributaries Quinlan Creek (Segment 1806D) and Town Creek (Segment 1806E) were added for nonsupport of contact recreation in 2014. Since the adopted TMDL was for the entire watershed, the TMDLs for these two tributaries will be added through an addendum in the state's Water Quality Management Plan.

Status Reports

Tracking of implementation allows stakeholders to evaluate actions taken, identify actions that may not be working, and make changes as necessary.

Stakeholders are in the fifth year of implementing their plan.

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Activities

As of March 2015, the Upper Guadalupe River Authority's Bacteria Reduction Plan had funded the installation of twenty-two pet waste stations in the community. In 2014, the Flat Rock Park pet waste stations collected over 1,900 pounds of waste, which prevented this waste from washing into the river.

Education and Outreach

Educational Kiosk

This interactive kiosk, featuring the water education program Water Down the Drain, was installed in January 2013 at the Riverside Nature Center. The program guides users through several activities that teach how pollution can be washed into waterways, the effects of nonpoint source pollution, and what can be done to prevent it. This kiosk will be rotated among other public venues in the community.

Grant Funded Project to Support the I-Plan

The TCEQ's Nonpoint Source Program supported a project that implemented some aspects of the I-Plan. Its Upper Guadalupe project implemented controls of waterfowl and bird nesting under river bridges, as well as education about management of on-site septic systems.

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Contact Us

Please e-mail us at tmdl@tceq.texas.gov, and mention the Guadalupe River bacteria project in the subject line. Or call us at 512-239-6682.

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Video

News Stories

Success story republished by the Upper Guadalupe River Authority (UGRA).

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Maps

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Photos

Monitoring Sites

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Camp Meeting Creek at SH173 Goat Creek at Arcadia Loop Guadalupe River at Hayes Dam Guadalupe River at footbridge in Louise Hays Park Guadalupe River at Monroe Drive Guadalupe River at G Street Guadalupe River at Nimitz Dam Guadalupe River at SH16 Guadalupe River at Splitrock Road Quinlan Creek at Travis Street Quinlan Creek at Loop 534 Third Creek at Highway 27 Guadalup River at Kerrville Schreiner Park Third Creek at Ivy High School

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Parks, Pets, and Waterfowl

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Kerrville Schreiner Park Louise Hayes Park Riverside Nature Center Poop Pickup Station 1 Poop Pickup Station 2Bird Deterrent Net

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River Clean Up

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UGRA Annual River Clean Up UGRA Annual Cleanup UGRA Annual River Clean Up

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More photos of the UGRA’s Annual River Cleanup Adobe Acrobat PDF Document Exit the TCEQ

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Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Workshop, May 2014

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Field Trip Group May 2014 Gathering during field trip river bank grasses

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Contact Us

Please e-mail us at tmdl@tceq.texas.gov, and mention the Guadalupe River TMDL project in the subject line. Or call us at 512-239-6682.

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Implementation Plan

Implementation Plan

Implementation Strategy

On August 31, 2011, the commission approved the plan to implement the TMDL for bacteria.

The state is coordinating a watershed protection plan with the TMDL implementation plan to improve water quality in the Upper Guadalupe River. The Upper Guadalupe River Authority is coordinating stakeholder participation.

The implementation strategy includes the following actions:

  • Reduce bird feeding at Louise Hays Park and Kerrville-Schreiner Park
  • Install bird exclusion and deterrent devices on the SH 16 and LP 534 bridges over the water
  • Manage the waterfowl population at Louise Hays Park and Kerrville-Schreiner Park
  • Reduce human contributions through ongoing lateral sewage-line replacement, sewer inspection, and rehabilitation, and ongoing review and registration of plans for septic systems
  • Implement an education program for pet owners and install pet-waste stations at public parks
  • Reduce contributions from general urban runoff through street sweeping, river cleanups, and stormwater education programs

To review other project-related reports, visit the Upper Guadalupe River Authority Exit the TCEQ website.

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TMDL

TMDL

Updates to the TMDL

On July 25, 2007, the commission adopted the TMDL.

The EPA approved it on September 25, 2007, at which time it became part of the state’s Water Quality Management Plan.

From time to time, it is necessary to revise TMDLs to account for changing conditions in the watershed, such as new or amended permits, or urban growth, or to correct oversights in the original TMDL report. Revisions to the load allocations in TMDLs are made via the state’s WQMP, which is updated quarterly.

The WQMP provides projected effluent limits for use in planning and permitting activities. The TCEQ reviews all applications for new and amended permits for conformance with applicable portions of the WQMP, including adopted TMDLs. Revisions to the TMDL are documented in the approved WQMP updates listed below.

Learn more about WQMP updates and about opportunities to comment on revisions to them.

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Contact Us

Please e-mail us at tmdl@tceq.texas.gov, and mention the Guadalupe River bacteria project in the subject line. Or call us at 512-239-6682.

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Reports

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Contact Us

Please e-mail us at tmdl@tceq.texas.gov, and mention the Guadalupe River bacteria project in the subject line. Or call us at 512-239-6682.

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