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Guadalupe River Above Canyon Lake: Implementing a Plan to Protect Recreational Uses

A community project to keep recreation safe in this segment of the river by reducing bacteria levels. The adopted total maximum daily load (TMDL) and the approved implementation plan (I-Plan) combined are the road map to improving water quality in the creek.
photo of the Guadalupe River at Town Creek
Guadalupe River at the Confluence
with Town Creek
map of the Guadalupe River Above Canyon TMDL watersheds

County: Kerr
Parameter: Bacteria
River Basin: Guadalupe
Segments: 1806, 1806D, 1806E

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Background and Goal

The goal of this project is to reduce bacteria concentrations to protect the safety of recreational uses. High concentrations of fecal bacteria, which are naturally found in both human and animal waste, may indicate a health risk to people who swim or wade in the creek—activities called “contact recreation” in the Texas Surface Water Quality Standards.

Water quality testing conducted prior to 2006 indicated that concentrations of bacteria were sometimes too high in Segment 1806 of the Guadalupe River, the Guadalupe River above Canyon Lake. The areas of concern were confined to two small assessment areas within the city of Kerrville: (1) one mile upstream of Flat Rock Dam to a confluence with Camp Meeting Creek, and (2) from RR 394 to one mile downstream.

Assessment in 2014 indicated that the impaired portions of Segment 1806 are now fully supporting the contact recreation use. However, the tributaries Quinlan Creek (Segment 1806D) and Town Creek (Segment 1806E) were added for nonsupport of contact recreation in 2014. Since the adopted TMDL was for the entire watershed, the TMDLs for these two tributaries were added through an addendum in the state's Water Quality Management Plan.

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Get Involved

The TCEQ is working with the Upper Guadalupe River AuthorityExit the TCEQ (UGRA) to keep the public informed of project status. Find out more about what it means to participate in TMDL projects.

Partners

The organizations listed below are partners in improving water quality in the Guadalupe River Above Canyon Lake. All of the links in this section exit the TCEQ website

 

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Status

Bird deterrent structure over the Guadalupe River
Bird deterrent net under a bridge over the Guadalupe River

Assessment in 2014 indicated that the impaired portions of Segment 1806 are now fully supporting the contact recreation use. However, the tributaries Quinlan Creek (Segment 1806D) and Town Creek (Segment 1806E) were added for nonsupport of contact recreation in 2014. Since the adopted TMDL was for the entire watershed, the TMDLs for these two tributaries were added through an addendum in the state's Water Quality Management Plan. In 2018, the stakeholders and the Upper Guadalupe River Authority prepared a revised I-Plan to continue their efforts in improving local water quality.

Status Reports

Tracking of implementation allows stakeholders to evaluate actions taken, identify actions that may not be working, and make changes as necessary.

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Approved I-Plan

On August 31, 2011, the commission approved the plan to implement the TMDL for bacteria.

Revised Implementation Plan

In 2018, the stakeholders and the Upper Guadalupe River Authority prepared a revised I-Plan to continue their efforts in improving local water quality.

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Adopted TMDLs

On July 25, 2007, the commission adopted the TMDL.

The EPA approved it on September 25, 2007, at which time it became part of the state’s Water Quality Management Plan.

Revisions to the TMDLs

From time to time, it is necessary to revise TMDLs to account for changing conditions in the watershed. Revisions to the load allocations in TMDLs are made via the state’s Water Quality Management Plan (WQMP), which is updated quarterly. Revisions are made to TMDLs in one of two ways:

  • Updates are made to account for changing conditions in the watershed, such as new or revised wasteload allocations, permits that have been canceled or have expired, or changed facility names.
  • Addenda are created to add load allocations for assessment units that are impaired by the same pollutant or condition, within the same watershed as in the original TMDL report.

Addendum

Additional TMDLs have been added for the watershed by addendum.

Updates

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Reports

Contact the TMDL Program

Please email tmdl@tceq.texas.gov, and mention the Guadalupe River bacteria project in the subject line. Or call us at 512-239-6682.

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