Greater Trinity Region: Implementing a Plan to Protect Recreational Uses
Watershed Counties: Dallas, Tarrant
River Basin: Trinity
Segments: 0805, 0822A, 0822B, 0841, 0841B, 0841C, 0841E, 0841F, 0841G, 0841H, 0841J, 0841K, 0841L, 0841M, 0841N, 0841R, 0841T, 0841U, 0841V
Greater Trinity Project Navigation
Bacteria concentrations are occasionally elevated in portions of the Trinity River that flow through Dallas and Tarrant counties. High bacteria concentrations might pose a risk to people who swim or wade in natural waters. Swimming and wading are called “contact recreation” in the state’s standards for water quality; the term refers to all recreation in which people are likely to swallow natural waters.
The watersheds for the Greater Trinity River I-Plan encompass an area of 406 square miles. The human population is 1.33 million as of 2013, with a population density of approximately 3,232 people per square mile. The Implementation Plan implements TMDLs for:
- Upper Trinity River (Segment 0805, upper end)
- Elm Fork Trinity River tributaries of Grapevine Creek and Cottonwood Branch (Segments 0822A and 0822B)
- Lower West Fork Trinity River (Segment 0841) and 11 of its tributaries
- Tributaries of Mountain Creek Lake (Segments 0841F, 0841K, 0841N, and 0841V), added in 2015
The goal of this project is to reduce bacteria concentrations and protect recreational safety by implementing total maximum daily loads. A TMDL is like a budget for pollutants—it estimates the amount of a pollutant that a water body can receive from categories of sources and still support its designated uses.
The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) is working with stakeholders to implement bacteria TMDLs throughout their region.
Status and Activities
Cities in the watersheds began addressing bacteria levels in the impaired waterways prior to TCEQ approval of the Implementation Plan in December 2013. Highlights from 2015 include:
Created the Water Quality BMP Library as a resource for regional stakeholders. The Library contains over 100 resources and will continue to be updated with new resources.
The Bacteria TMDL Coordination Committee voted to add 4 impaired segments for watersheds upstream of Mountain Creek Lake to the Implementation Plan. The Implementation Plan now covers a total of 21 segments.
Supported Doo the Right Thing Pet Calendar with over 100 individuals taking a pet waste pledge to help reduce bacteria-laden runoff reaching local waterways.
Partnered with AgriLife Stephenville to address bacterial impairments in basin 0805 and other impaired segments of the upper Trinity River Basin. The first year of this effort increased education and outreach to raise stakeholders' water quality awareness.
Developed an Implementation Plan strategies matrix for prioritizing strategies for FY2016.
More details about the stakeholders' activities are available on the NCTCOG website .
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