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Guadalupe River Basin Committee Meeting Scheduled

Guadalupe River Basin Steering Committee is seeking public input about how to improve the quality of surface water in the Guadalupe River.

The annual public meeting of the Guadalupe River Basin Steering Committee is scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 at the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) River Annex, 905 Nolan St. in Seguin.

The steering committee, part of the Texas Clean Rivers Program, solicits public input on local water-quality issues.

The meeting agenda includes an overview of the Clean Rivers Program, City of New Braunfels Wildlife Feeding Ordinance, Headwaters at the Comal, American Eel Studies, National Fish Conservation, One Water Wimberley ISD Primary School, Wastewater Treatment Process, and TCEQ Permitting Process.

Speakers include Nathan Pence, GBRA executive manager of environmental science and community affairs; Tara Bushnoe, Upper Guadalupe River Authority (UGRA, which oversees parts of the river in Kerr County) natural resources coordinator; Michael Jones, Wimberley Valley water resource specialist; Lee Gudgell, GBRA water quality project manager; Mark Enders, City of New Braunfels watershed program manager; Nancy Pappas, Headwaters at the Comal managing director; Stephen Curtis, Texas Parks and Wildlife aquatic biologist; Travis Tidwell, Texas Parks and Wildlife kills-and-spills biologist; Nick Dornack, The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment and director of watershed services; Mike Urrutia, GBRA deputy executive manager of operations; and Ward Ling, Texas A&M AgriLife Geronimo and Alligator Creeks watershed coordinator.

The Texas Clean Rivers Program is a partnership between the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and regional water authorities to coordinate and conduct water quality monitoring, assessment, and stakeholder participation to improve the quality of surface water within each river basin in Texas.

Each year, GBRA and the Upper Guadalupe River Authority (UGRA) convene a committee meeting to provide direction for Clean Rivers Program activities in the Guadalupe River Basin, as well as to develop and monitor the work plan. Through these efforts, citizens and communities gain a greater appreciation for their natural resources and the importance of making water quality protection a part of their daily lives.

GBRA was established by the Texas Legislature in 1933 as a water conservation and reclamation district. GBRA provides stewardship for the water resources in its 10-county statutory district which begins near the headwaters of the Guadalupe and Blanco rivers, ends at San Antonio Bay, and includes Kendall, Comal, Hays, Caldwell, Guadalupe, Gonzales, DeWitt, Victoria, Calhoun and Refugio counties.

GBRA divides the Guadalupe into three sections:

Upper – North  of Canyon Lake (including Canyon)

Middle – South of Canyon Lake to Gonzales

Lower – Gonzales (below the confluence of the San Marcos River) to Salt Water Barrier

The Upper Guadalupe River Authority was created as a conservation and reclamation district by the Texas Legislature in 1939. The mission of the UGRA is to protect, develop and manage the water quantity, quality and sustainability in the Guadalupe River watershed in Kerr County.

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