CORPUS CHRISTI —Area landowners and citizens interested in the implementation of the Lower Nueces River Watershed Protection Plan (WPP) are invited to a public meeting on Tuesday, January 30, 2018. The meeting, hosted by the Nueces River Authority, will be held at the Hilltop Community Center (Community Room) located at 11425 Leopard in Corpus Christi from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The meeting will focus on implementation activities and upcoming events in the watershed.
The WPP was developed proactively to address potential threats and ensure the long-term protection of water quality in the Coastal Bend region through implementation of both urban and rural best management practices. “Agriculture is important because it feeds and clothes us; but also because the vast majority of the land in our watershed capturing and purifying our water, is agricultural land. Without agriculture we lose that functionality.” said Jason Ott, Nueces County Extension Agent.
This 39 mile stretch of the Nueces River, between Lake Corpus Christi and the saltwater barrier dam at Labonte Park is the primary source of drinking water for the area. The watershed is approximately 116,862 acres within parts of Jim Wells, San Patricio and Nueces counties. This water body was listed in 2012 in the Texas Integrated Report for elevated levels of total dissolved solids.
Funding for this effort is provided through a federal Clean Water Act §319(h) Nonpoint Source Grant administered by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
For more information about the Lower Nueces River WPP, including the agenda for the January 30, 2018 meeting, visit http://www.nuecesriverpartnership.org or contact Rocky Freund at (361) 653-2110 or rfreund [at] nueces-ra [dot] org.