Status and Activities: Implementing the TMDL for Guadalupe River above Canyon Lake
River Basin: Guadalupe
The Guadalupe River Implementation Plan documents measures stakeholders are using to reduce bacteria loads. Their strategy includes the following actions:
- Monitor and report bacteria concentrations in effluent from wastewater-treatment facilities.
- Reduce feeding of birds and manage the waterfowl population at Louise Hays and Kerrville-Schreiner parks.
- Modify the Highway 16 bridge to reduce wildlife nesting.
- Repair, replace, and inspect sewage lines and septic systems.
- Educate park users and install stations for proper disposal of pet waste.
- Educate livestock owners about improving management practices.
Management measures were selected based on feasibility, costs, support, and timing.
Annual tracking of implementation allows stakeholders to evaluate actions taken, identify actions that may not be working, and make changes as necessary.
- Year One: Status Summary
Includes schedule of implementation activities, milestones, and status
- Presentation: Year One Meeting
The TCEQ and EPA are supporting a project to implement parts of the I-Plan. The grant supports installation of structures that discourage nesting birds under highway bridges, manage waterfowl along the river, develop a septic system guide for homeowners, and collect water samples in the river.
The Upper Guadalupe River Authority sponsors an annual river cleanup to remove trash and raise awareness of the importance of keeping the river clean.
- Progress Summary, December 2012 Stakeholder Meeting
- Construction Report: Bird Deterrent Netting, December 2012
Education and Outreach
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.
Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and mention the Guadalupe River bacteria project in the subject line. Or call us at 512-239-6682.