The mission of the Upper Colorado River Authority, acting within the parameters of its charter, is to enhance the water quality of the streams and tributaries located within the watershed of the Upper Colorado River Authority.
Upper Colorado River Below EV Spence Reservior Chloride Monitoring Study
Chloride and TDS concentration levels detected in samples collected through Clean Rivers Program routine monitoring at site 18338 have steadily escalated since 2009. UCRA seeks to identify the source of the increasing chloride and TDS concentrations through groundwater investigation and implement one of the recommended control actions of the revised TMDL I-Plan. An application for a chloride study in Robert Lee was submitted by UCRA to the TCEQ in 2015 and UCRA was notified of contract award in 2016. A contract was executed January 2017. Project funding is derived from the EPA Nonpoint Source (NPS) Pollution Program and is managed by the TCEQ. The UCRA is currently working on a QAPP.
Planned groundwater investigations will include: A desk review of area Texas Railroad Commission oil and gas activity, development of an inventory of existing water wells, collection and analysis (with landowner permission) of samples from existing water wells, mapping of concentration levels and potential drilling of shallow monitor wells from which to collect groundwater samples to refine chloride concentration maps and; potential collection and analysis of surface and/or near surface lithologic samples, all of which will aid in the effort to determine the location and likely activity or source contributing to the observed rising chloride and TDS levels in this assessment unit.
If causality can be established and linked to an activity or the source of the chloride and TDS impairment in this assessment unit, then an abatement/remediation plan will be devised to deal with the issue. Because the escalating chloride and TDS levels in this assessment unit are essentially driving the entire Segment 1426 impairment, a resolution to this issue will enhance the results achieved by the TMDL I-Plan.
TMDL I-Plan Coordination Committee members will hold a public meeting, to inform the public about the nature and reason for the investigation and solicit public support. The City of Robert Lee will also participate in this effort by acting as a liaison between the UCRA investigators and local landowners and the public.