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Guadalupe River Basin Monitoring Network Launched

December 10, 2008 | Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust | TX

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Todd Votteler              
(830) 660-7783 | tvotteler@gbrtrust.org

 

Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust and Partners Launch the Guadalupe River Basin Monitoring Network

SEGUIN, TX-- The Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust, Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Geological Survey held a kickoff meeting for the Guadalupe River Basin Monitoring Network (Network) at the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority (GBRA) River Annex (933 E. Court St., Seguin, TX) on Monday, December 1st.  The Network will be a system of water quality monitors in streams and rivers in the Guadalupe River Basin that collect data at regular intervals, some as often as every 15 minutes making the water quality in the Guadalupe River the most closely watched in Texas.  This data can be used for flood control planning, water quality regulation, and to enable the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the partners in the system to detect water quality events in near-real time and take immediate action to remediate the problem, thereby minimizing the impact to the environment and people of the area.  The Network will be accessible over the internet as will the data that the network collects.

The kickoff meeting featured opening remarks by Chairman Buddy Garcia, of the TCEQ. “This will be a model for the rest of the state,” predicted TCEQ Chairman Garcia. In addition, Bob Joseph, Director of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Texas Water Science Center and Bill West, General Manager of the GBRA participated in the event.  There was also be a presentation on the Guadalupe River Basin Monitoring Network and information on how industries, schools and other organizations, as well as individuals, can participate in this effort throughout the entire Guadalupe River Basin.

Todd Votteler, Executive Director of the Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust, said the public can participate in a variety of ways. “We are looking for students to go out and help with the monitoring sites. We are looking for private interests to fund the Network. And we are looking for ideas.”

The Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit land trust organization, works with landowners, primarily within the Guadalupe River Basin, to help them preserve their property and leave a legacy for future generations to enjoy.  The mission of the Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust is to promote and encourage the conservation, stewardship and enjoyment of the land and water resources of the Guadalupe River Watershed, while maintaining its unique and irreplaceable natural heritage.

To learn more about the Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust please visit the website at www.gbrtrust.org.

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