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Continuous Water Quality and Discharge Monitoring at Selected Sites in Texas

For this project, the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Texas Water Science Center monitored water quality continuously at selected sites on the Rio Grande and the Pecos and North Bosque rivers.

Background

Rio Grande Basin

The upper Rio Grande Basin, including the Pecos River, is affected by hydrological modifications that support irrigation and potable water uses. These uses result in low water levels in the rivers and water quality concerns related to total dissolved solids and salinity.

There is international, national, and regional concern for the water quality in the Rio Grande River. Continuous water quality and discharge data were needed to understand and manage these issues.

North Bosque River Watershed

TCEQ and the City of Waco have conducted multiple research, modeling, and monitoring studies on the North Bosque River to improve water quality by developing and implementing the North Bosque River TMDLs. The continuous monitoring carried out by USGS under this project enhanced scientific knowledge about possible pollutant sources that contribute to overabundance of algae in the river.

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Project Description

The water quality data USGS collected in this project is intended for future planning and management of water quality in the Rio Grande and the Pecos and North Bosque rivers.

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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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