Big Elm Creek

Big Elm Creek Credit: Photo by Lucas Gregory
Big Elm Creek

The Leon and Lampasas Rivers below Belton Lake and Stillhouse Hollow Lake, respectively, transect the urban areas of Temple and Belton, Texas, flowing downstream where they merge together to form the Little River. The Little River flows southeast  from Temple and Belton and ultimately reaches the Brazos River. Big Elm Creek, a major tributary of Little River, is impaired for not meeting the recreational standard for E. coli as well as having elevated levels of chlorophyll-a, nitrate, depressed dissolved oxygen, orthophosphorus, and total phosphorus, which could potentially hinder aquatic life.

This project focuses on addressing the E. coli impairment within the Big Elm Creek watershed by supplementing an existing dataset with bacteria and flow data for later decision making by stakeholders. A local stakeholder group will be formed that will determine the goals, objectives and indicators for addressing the water quality impairments and concerns within the watersheds.

Ed Rhodes
edward.rhodes@ag.tamu.edu

As a research associate for TWRI, Ed Rhodes provides leadership for the various water quality monitoring projects and assists with quality assurance activities.

Allen Berthold
taberthold@ag.tamu.edu

Dr. Allen Berthold is a TWRI senior research scientist, where he has served in leadership roles for water-related projects in both agricultural and urban settings across Texas.

News


The Texas Water Resources Institute is hosting a meeting April 16 in Rogers for anyone interested in joining a partnership to improve and protect water quality in the Big Elm Creek watershed.


The Texas Water Resources Institute is hosting a meeting Feb. 19 in Rogers for anyone interested in joining a partnership to improve and protect water quality in the Big Elm Creek watershed.

    Upcoming Meetings

    Funding provided by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality as part of a Clean Water Act Section 319(h) Grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.