On October 26, 2010, the Hays County Commissioners Court approved a countywide water- quality-monitoring program under the Texas Clean Rivers (CRP) program, administered by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).
Already involved in water quality testing, by joining the program Hays County agrees to have its Environmental Health Specialists, part of the County’s Development Services Department, periodically monitor water quality and flow in numerous watersheds throughout the County and report those findings to the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) and the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA). The water quality monitoring program includes conducting a baseline analysis of each watershed, identifying and evaluating water quality issues, trends and impacts, and assisting with various watershed-planning efforts.
Hays County Development Services staff will monitor sites within designated watersheds including Bear, Barton and Onion creeks as well as the Blanco and San Marcos rivers.
Water quality monitoring includes field parameters such as flow, temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, specific conductivity and total suspended solids that are the current field standards for evaluating the health of a water body. The monitoring also includes lab testing for E. coli bacteria, nitrates, phosphates and total dissolved solids.
For more information about Hays County’s continued efforts to help keep our watersheds safe, contact Brooke Leftwich, Development Services, at 512.393.2177. Learn more about the Clean Rivers Program through TCEQ’s website, www.tceq.state.tx.us.
Hays County Development Services Environmental Health Specialist Eric Van Gaasbeek monitors the
San Marcos River east of the City during a spring day in 2011.