The Texas Water Resources Institute, TWRI, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, TCEQ, and Angelina and Neches River Authority will host an online meeting on Feb. 19 to discuss watershed protection plan implementation for Neches River tributaries below Lake Palestine.
The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. Participants interested in joining can register online and preregistration is required.
“This webinar will provide discussion on the implementation plan that has been developed to help address the bacteria impairments in the Jack, Cedar, Hurricane and Biloxi creeks,” said Anna Gitter, TWRI research specialist. “We encourage local stakeholders who are interested in improving and protecting the water quality of these water bodies to attend the online meeting.”
Gitter said the four tributaries fail to meet the water quality standards for contact recreation, due to elevated concentrations of the fecal indicator bacteria, Escherichia coli.
“The meeting will continue the stakeholder-driven process to develop a plan to restore and protect the local water resources,” she said. “The planning process will help develop a road map for improving water quality. We will also discuss new practices that can be implemented or existing practices that should be continued in order to improve water quality.”
Carla Ethridge, Clean Rivers Program manager for the Angelina and Neches River Authority, said local stakeholder involvement is critical to improve water quality in these creeks.
“Input and guidance from local stakeholders will help identify which practices and activities to improve water quality are most appropriate and feasible,” she said.
Additional meetings will be hosted with local stakeholders to address the bacterial impairments in these tributaries.
For more information on water quality standards and monitoring, visit “Preserving and Improving Water Quality” on the TCEQ’s website.