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Carters Creek: Implementing Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs)

A completed project to gather additional information about water quality in Carters Creek and its tributaries, and about potential sources of bacteria in the watershed, to help stakeholders target and refine strategies of the Carters Creek Total Maximum Daily Load Implementation Plan.


In August 2012, the commission approved a TMDL Implementation Plan for Carters Creek. The I-Plan was developed by people who live and work in the watershed. These stakeholders identified a need to develop a clearer understanding of the current state of Carters Creek and its tributaries through a watershed source survey and a water quality monitoring effort.

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Project Description

From 2012-2015, this project performed routine and storm-event water quality monitoring at critical locations along these water bodies and surveyed the watershed to identify possible sources of bacteria pollution. Information gained in the survey was mapped and stored using a GIS database. The data collected provided stakeholders with a more robust data set for determining good courses of action for improving recreational conditions in the creek.

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For More Information

To find out more about the NPS Program, call 512-239-6682 or e-mail us at

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