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Public meeting scheduled to discuss recreation on Aransas Creek on May 29
May 23, 2012 | 735 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SKIDMORE – Area landowners and citizens interested in learning about a water quality study on Aransas Creek are invited to a public meeting on Tuesday, May 29, in Skidmore.

The meeting, hosted by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, Bee County Soil and Water Conservation District and Nueces River Authority, will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Skidmore-Tynan High School, 213 W. Walton St. in Skidmore.

Aransas Creek is a tributary to the Aransas River within the San Antonio-Nueces Coastal River Basin. The creek flows 20 miles from its headwaters west of Beeville to its confluence with the Aransas River northeast of Skidmore. The watershed is approximately 45,195 acres.

Aransas Creek watershed is one of many rural waterbodies listed on the Texas 303(d) List of impairments due to elevated levels of E. coli, the non-pathogenic indicator bacteria, used to assess the possible presence of pathogens that would limit the contact recreation use of a waterbody.

The Aransas Creek watershed is within Bee County and is largely rural ranchland. The population of Bee County is approximately 31,860. Tributaries to Aransas Creek include Dry Creek, Elm Creek and Olmos Creek.

The meeting will provide an overview of the Recreational Use Attainability Analysis process, project goals and timeline and provide an opportunity to gain landowner input on the process.

The funding for this project was made possible through a State General Revenue Nonpoint Source Grant from Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board.

More information about the Aransas Creek Recreational Use Attainability Analysis, including the agenda for the May 29 meeting, is available at: http://www.tsswcb.texas.gov/managementprogram/aransaruaa or by contacting Sam Sugarek at (361) 653-2110 or ssugarek@nueces-ra.org.

The Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board is the lead agency for planning, implementing and managing programs and practices for preventing and abating agricultural and silvicultural, nonpoint sources of water pollution. The agency also coordinates the programs and activities of the state’s 216 soil and water conservation districts, administers a water supply enhancement program for the selective control of water-depleting brush, and facilitates the Texas Invasive Species Coordinating Committee.
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