The Texas Water Resources Institute, or TWRI, in collaboration with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, will host a webinar on water quality planning Aug. 14 for the Hillebrandt Bayou and Neches River tidal area.
The webinar is free and open to anyone interested in water quality in those two water bodies. It is part of a series of meetings with local stakeholders to address bacterial water quality impairments.
The webinar will begin at 10 a.m. and will address recently developed technical documents to support the development of total maximum daily loads, or TMDLs, for the two water bodies.
To attend, please register to receive the meeting link and passcode.
Michael Schramm, TWRI research specialist, College Station, said both water bodies fail to meet state water quality standards for contact recreation. The elevated levels of bacteria, such as E. coli, that are found in human and animal waste may indicate increased health risk for people who swim or play in the water.
Schramm said TWRI and the commission are jointly working with local stakeholders to develop a plan of strategies that reduce bacteria in the local waterways.
“We will discuss some of the technical aspects behind developing the TMDL for these water bodies,” he said. “The long-term goal of the project is to develop a regional plan with local stakeholders outlining the path for improving water quality.”