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Guadalupe River Above Canyon Lake: Implementing a Plan to Protect Recreational Uses

The goal of this current project is to keep recreation safe in this segment of the river by reducing bacteria levels. The adopted TMDL and the approved I-Plan combined are the road map to improving water quality in the creek.
photo of the Guadalupe River at Town Creek
Guadalupe River at the Confluence with Town Creek

County: Kerr
Parameter: Bacteria
River Basin: Guadalupe
Segments: 1806

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Project Overview

Water quality testing conducted prior to 2006 indicated that concentrations of bacteria are sometimes too high in Segment 1806 of the Guadalupe River, the Guadalupe River above Canyon Lake. The areas of concern were confined to two small assessment areas within the city of Kerrville: (1) one mile upstream of Flat Rock Dam to a confluence with Camp Meeting Creek, and (2) from RR 394 to one mile downstream.

Beginning in 2014, assessment indicated that two tributaries to Segment 1806, Town Creek (1806E) and Quinlan Creek (1806D), sometimes have bacteria concentrations that are too high. Additional TMDLs will be developed for these creeks and added as an addendum in the state's Water Quality Management Plan.

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Get Involved

Project staff are working with the Upper Guadalupe River Authority Exit the TCEQ to keep the public informed of project status. Find out more about what it means to participate in TMDL projects.

Updated Information Next Meeting

December 14, 20017

Upper Guadalupe River Authority
125 Lehmann Drive, Suite 100
Kerrville 78028
(830) 896-5456, ext. 227

TCEQ will provide information on an addendum to add TMDLs for the Town and Quinlan Creeks to the original TMDL. The stakeholders will also review the I-Plan and history of its implementation, and discuss a timeline and process for possible revisions to the plan.

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The organizations listed below are partners in improving water quality in the Guadalupe River Above Canyon Lake. Most of the links in this section exit the TCEQ website Exit the TCEQ.

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Contact Us

Please e-mail us at tmdl@tceq.texas.gov, and mention the Guadalupe River bacteria project in the subject line. Or call us at 512-239-6682.

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