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Lavaca River: Coordinating Implementation

A project to support a wide range of implementation measures for the Lavaca River Watershed Protection Plan (WPP); primarily outreach, education, and water quality monitoring.

Background

The Lavaca River watershed contains many segments which do not meet water quality standards for bacteria or dissolved oxygen. The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) worked with local stakeholders to develop a WPP to address both the elevated levels of bacteria and reduced dissolved oxygen. EPA approved the WPP in April 2018. The TCEQ is currently working with TWRI and local stakeholders to develop a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) and a TMDL Implementation Plan to address the elevated levels of bacteria.

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Project Description

The Texas Water Resources Institute will:

  • collect monthly water samples from four established monitoring locations;
  • analyze this new data and existing water quality data, to estimate how much pollution each major source, such as septic systems and livestock, is adding to the river;
  • provide public education programs and convene meetings in the watershed to discuss findings.

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Documents

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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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