Background and Goals
“Contact Recreation” is the state’s standards for water quality, defined as “recreational activities involving a significant risk of ingestion of water, including wading by children, swimming, water skiing, diving, and surfing.” This term refers to all recreation in which people come in direct contact with the water. The goal of this project is to reduce bacteria concentrations to within acceptable risk levels for contact recreation.
The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) is working with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to review the history of the problem, collect additional data, and determine the sources of the impairment.
Texas Stream Team (TST) Activities in Gilleland Creek
TST staff have been participating in the Gilleland Creek Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) since its inception. In coordination with the LCRA, TMDL stakeholder groups, and other resource conservation and outreach entities, TST will conduct activities to support overall implementation objectives.
During 2007 TST staff coordinated with Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) and TMDL project managers to conduct both watershed education and volunteer water quality monitoring training for volunteers and staff. Efforts currently underway at TST in the Gilleland Creek watershed include planning and implementation of intensive E. coli surveys and a watershed protection/regional meeting.
TCEQ adopted this TMDL on August 8, 2007.
For More Information
For more information regarding the project, please call Ward Ling at (512)239-6238 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, and reference the Gilleland Creek bacteria project in the subject line.