The Texas Water Resources Institute, TWRI, will host a free digital introductory assembly for anybody concerned with turning into concerned within the watershed safety planning course of for the Petronila and San Fernando creeks.
The TWRI is a part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University. Petronila and San Fernando creeks are the 2 essential tributaries of Baffin Bay, an inlet of Laguna Madre close to the Gulf of Mexico on the Texas Gulf Coast.
The kickoff assembly shall be held on-line by way of Zoom from 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 23. Attendees ought to RSVP online to obtain data on the best way to be a part of the digital assembly.
Lucas Gregory, TWRI assistant director, Bryan-Faculty Station, stated the assembly is the primary in a collection of conferences with watershed stakeholders about growing methods to deal with water high quality impairments within the watershed.
“Petronila and San Fernando creeks haven’t met the Texas water high quality requirements for contact recreation since 2010 and 2006, respectively, as a consequence of elevated ranges of micro organism,” Gregory stated. “The creeks even have elevated chlorophyll a, an indicator of extra vitamins within the water.”
Addressing the impairments
Clare Escamilla, TWRI analysis specialist in San Antonio, stated the preliminary assembly will introduce the stakeholder course of and provides an outline of the watershed planning course of.
Present water high quality information will even be introduced, in addition to an introduction to level and non-point air pollution sources for the totally different impairments.
“We’ll clarify the watershed-based planning course of to deal with stakeholder’s water high quality considerations and the proposed timeline for growing a plan,” Escamilla stated.
Gregory stated stakeholders ought to change into part of the planning course of.
“We’re encouraging residents within the area to attend this assembly. Their enter is crucial for figuring out land and water points and making certain that the watershed-based plan contains acceptable and fascinating administration measures,” he stated.
The institute coordinates this challenge with the Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program, Nueces River Authority, Texas Sea Grant and Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi. It’s funded by a state nonpoint supply grant from the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board to guide native watershed stakeholders by the watershed safety planning course of.
Go to the project website for details about future conferences, watershed plan parts and different challenge particulars. To be taught extra concerning the challenge or get entangled within the planning course of, go to the web site and fill out the transient kind to subscribe to e-mail updates.