The Texas Water Resources Institute, TWRI, will host a meeting in the watershed protection planning process for the La Nana Bayou Watershed in Nacogdoches at 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 3.
The meeting, to be held at the Nacogdoches County Court House Annex, 203 W. Main St., will be the third in a series of meetings with watershed stakeholders to discuss developing strategies to address water quality impairments in the watershed.
The meeting will provide a brief review of previous meeting discussions and then transition to management recommendation options for stakeholders to consider. It will also address prioritizing areas of the watershed for implementation of these measures.
“Although planning meetings have already occurred, we still encourage all interested stakeholders to attend this meeting and provide input in the planning process,” said Lucas Gregory, Ph.D., TWRI assistant director, Bryan-College Station.
“Local input is essential for the development of a plan that adequately addresses local water quality and associated concerns,” he said. “Those who were unable to attend previous meetings are still welcome to attend this meeting and participate.”
Gregory said stakeholders will be asked to provide input on management options and prioritized options, and to review the previously distributed chapters of the watershed protection plan that will be available on the website prior to the meeting.
For more information, contact Emily Monroe at Emily.Monroe@ag.tamu.edu and sign up for the stakeholder email list at tx.ag/LaNana.
La Nana Bayou quality monitoring
Routine water quality monitoring that began in 1996 led to the inclusion of La Nana Bayou on the Texas 303(d) List in 2000 as being impaired for bacteria. It remains impaired for not meeting its primary contact recreation standard. Concerns for elevated nitrate-nitrogen and total phosphorous exist in the downstream portion of the bayou.
La Nana Bayou is a 32-mile freshwater stream that extends from the confluence of the Angelina River south of Nacogdoches to the upstream perennial portion of the stream north of Nacogdoches in Nacogdoches County.
TWRI is part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University. The institute coordinates this project with the Angelina & Neches River Authority and Stephen F. Austin State University.
The project is funded through a Clean Water Act nonpoint source grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.