ANRA Clean Rivers Program Activities

Project Administration

ANRA and TCEQ agreed to a new Clean Rivers Program (CRP) contract for the FY 2022-2023 biennium to conduct water quality monitoring activities in the Upper Neches River Basin. This agreement is effective for the period of Sept. 1, 2021 through August 31, 2023. The TCEQ will reimburse ANRA up to $329,766 over the two-year period.

Quality Assurance

ANRA’s FY 22-23 Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) for the Upper Neches River Basin was approved by the TCEQ in Spet 22 of 2021. A copy of the QAPP is available on the ANRA website at the link above.

The ANRA Environmental Laboratory has received accreditation based upon the standards adopted by the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Commission (NELAC) following an on-site assessment by the TCEQ. The TCEQ offers accreditation to environmental laboratories that meet the quality system requirements of NELAC. The TCEQ conducted their NELAC audit July 23 – 24, 2019.

ANRA Environmental Laboratory Fields of Accreditation

Water Quality Monitoring

The FY 2022 Coordinated Monitoring Schedule

The FY 2022 Coordinated Monitoring Schedule has been finalized and is now available to view at the following website:
http://cms.lcra.org/schedule.aspx?basin=6&FY=2022

During FY 2022, ANRA is conducting quarterly surface water quality monitoring at 37 routine monitoring stations in the Upper Neches basin, and will also conduct 24 hour Dissolved Oxygen monitoring at 2 stations.

The current FY 2022 monitoring schedule, basin maps and a list of monitoring parameters is available in the CRP Monitoring Program section.

Data Management

The Upper Neches Basin surface water quality monitoring data files are submitted to the TCEQ three times per year. The water quality data includes routine conventional, field, flow, bacteriological, and 24 hour data collected over the previous months. The water quality data is available on the TCEQ’s website at:

https://www80.tceq.texas.gov/SwqmisPublic/index.htm

Data Analysis and Reporting

The final version of ANRA’s 2020 Upper Neches Basin Summary report is available on our CRP Reports page.

The Basin Summary Report is assembled every third biennium and provides a comprehensive review of water quality data and water quality related issues for the Upper Neches River Basin.

The most recently published highlights report was the 2022 Upper Neches Basin Highlights Report. It is also available on our CRP Reports page. Highlights reports are published yearly except in years for which the more comprehensive summary report is published.

Stakeholder Participation

The 2022 CRP Steering Committee Meeting will be held in person on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at 1pm at the Log Cabin Civic Center in San Augustine Texas. More information is available on our CRP Meetings & Events page. For more information or to be added to the Steering Committee mailing list, please contact Rene Barelas at 936-632-7795 rbarelas@anra.org.

Public Outreach

ANRA continues to support Volunteer Environmental Monitoring in the basin. ANRA provides Texas Stream Team monitoring kits, training, and replacement supplies and reagents to active volunteer monitors in the basin.

For more information about ANRA’s Volunteer Monitoring Program, please contact Rene Barelas at 936-632-7795 (or e-mail rbarelas@anra.org).

Public Outreach

ANRA continues to support Volunteer Environmental Monitoring in the basin. ANRA provides Texas Stream Team monitoring kits, training, and replacement supplies and reagents to active volunteer monitors in the basin.

For more information about ANRA’s Volunteer Monitoring Program, please contact Rene Barelas at 936-632-7795 (or e-mail rbarelas@anra.org).