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Coordinating Implementation of the Lower Nueces River Watershed Protection Plan


The Choke Canyon Reservoir/Lake Corpus Christi Reservoir System supplies water for municipal and industrial use in the Coastal Bend area of South Texas. The City of Corpus Christi is the primary water supplier. Nearly one half million people rely on this water source for their drinking water supply. The water is released from Lake Corpus Christi and delivered to water treatment plans downstream via the Nueces River Below Lake Corpus Christi (segment 2102)

According to the 2012 Texas Integrated Report the Nueces River below Corpus Christi was listed for a TDS impairment as well as a concern for chlorophyll-a. 

Expanded upon from an existing Source Water Protection Plan, the Nueces River Authority (NRA) in partnership with the Nueces River Watershed Partnership Steering Committee developed the Lower Nueces River Watershed Protection Plan (WPP). EPA accepted the plan in April 2016.


Through a local presence in the watershed, NRA, as watershed coordinator, will serve as the primary conduit for interaction with landowners, citizens, and entities to facilitate the implementation of the WPP. As part of an adaptive management approach embraced by stakeholders, NRA will continue to evaluate progress toward achieving milestones established in the WPP and assess water quality data in relation to achieving load reductions.

Coordination of outreach and education efforts by NRA will facilitate and support public participation by private individuals and local officials in the implemantation of the Lower Nueces River WPP.

Implementation Activities

Large Debris Removal

Through a partnership with NRA and Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center at Blackland a side-scan sonar survey was conducted on the Nueces River. Findings from the survey concluded that there were 376 discrete objects contained within the river's channel. Some items include submerged boats, woody debris, tires, boat trailer, pier debris and other objects. Funding through the Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program allowed for the removal of boats and some pier debris. The City of Corpus Christi Solid Waste Department provided a dumpster for the debris and disposal of the debris.




Trash can lids for Hazel Bazemore Park

Funding provided by the Coastal Bend Bays and Estuaries Program, allowed for the installation of trash can lids meant to discourage park wildlife from accessing the trash to minimize trash getting into the river. trash can lid.PNG



For more information about the Lower Nueces River Watershed Partnership and their ongoing efforts please visit the wesbite, .

Lower Nueces River Watershed Protection Plan

Current project: 18-53

Past projects: 12-05, 15-09


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