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Lavaca River: Coordinating Implementation

A completed 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 that do not meet water quality standards for bacteria or dissolved oxygen. The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) worked with local stakeholders to develop a Watershed Protection Plan (WPP)Exit the TCEQ Adobe Acrobat PDF Document to address both the elevated levels of bacteria and low dissolved oxygen. EPA approved the WPP in April 2018. TCEQ, TWRI, and local stakeholders also developed Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) and a TMDL Implementation Plan for two segments in the Lavaca River watershed in 2019 to address the elevated levels of bacteria.

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Project Description

The Texas Water Resources Institute:

  • Collected monthly water samples from four established monitoring locations.
  • Analyzed this new data and existing water quality data, to estimate how much pollution each major source is adding to the river.
  • Provided 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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