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Arroyo Colorado: Monitoring Low Impact Development Techniques

This project will conduct water quality monitoring to determine the effectiveness of bioswales and bioretention systems.


The tidal reach of the Arroyo Colorado is listed as impaired (not meeting Water Quality Standards) for dissolved oxygen and bacteria in the Texas Integrated Report. In response, the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership was formed and the watershed protection plan (WPP) was published in 2007. The WPP was updated in 2017 and includes low impact development as a management measure to address the impairments.

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Project Description

Texas A&M Kingsville's project actions will:

  • monitor bioswales and bioretention systems to determine the most effective filtering media;
  • provide a cost-benefit analysis to provide to officials in the watershed; 
  • provide training on operation and maintenance of low impact development features;
  • locate areas to install future best management practices in the watershed.

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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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