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Arroyo Colorado: Implementing Low Impact Development (LID) Practices, Phase 3

A project that implemented part of the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Protection Plan (WPP) by funding a third set of LID projects in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

Background

The Arroyo Colorado, which drains much of the Lower Rio Grande Valley region, has high bacteria and low dissolved oxygen levels in its tidal reach. Rapid growth is placing increased pressure on public lands to accommodate rainwater runoff from developing properties.

In response, the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership was formed. They published the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Protection Plan (WPP) in January 2007, which calls for promoting low impact development.

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Project Description

This project installed multiple high-visibility LID practices throughout the Valley and the Arroyo Colorado watershed. Texas A&M–Kingsville and local partners also:

  • monitored the performance of the LID measures,
  • evaluated possible modifications to city codes that encourage use of LID practices,
  • conducted tours and activities to educate stakeholders about the advantages of low impact development.

The EPA and TCEQ supported two similar projects with previous grants — Arroyo Colorado: Implementing LID Practices, Phase 1 and Arroyo Colorado: Implementing LID Practices, Phase 2.

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For More Information

To find out more about the NPS Program, call 512-239-6682 or e-mail us at nps@tceq.texas.gov.

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