Priorities to Address Water Quality Issues and Future Projects

The Clean Rivers Program has always done an exceptional job at collecting high quality water quality data. H-GAC will continue to collect high quality ambient data to establish water quality trends. The biggest challenge has been in trying to determine the factors that are controlling water quality in our watersheds. H-GAC's Clean Rivers Program, through coordination with other water resources programs will work to find those controlling factors. Through the development and implementation of the BMP and OSSF databases we will begin to have quantifiable information regarding the impact of BMPs in our watersheds.

H-GAC has a contract in place to start working with local agencies and governmental entities to document effectiveness of individual BMPs through nonpoint source monitoring. This area of investigation is going to become increasingly important because knowing whether or not a BMP works will determine how money is spent on future BMPs. Work will need to continue on establishing appropriate nutrient standards in the region. More will also need to be done to understand the relationship between nutrient levels and primary productivity within different water body types.

Bacteria will continue to be a priority for the region. The relationships between bacteria and nutrients, TSS, Temperature, Turbidity and other parameters will need more study. Recent data collection and data analysis has revealed that bacteria levels may follow a diurnal cycle. More research may be required to verify that statement. The collection of enterococcus data in freshwater streams will also need to be done to help in future modeling endeavors for Watershed Protection Planning.

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