Water Quality Monitoring on Mud Creek

The ANRA Environmental Staff has already begun monitoring and testing water quality in the Mud Creek Subwatershed in anticipation of the reservoir construction. It is important to know in advance if there are sources of pollution so steps can be taken to correct them prior to reservoir completion.

The testing is being funded by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality under the Clean Rivers Program which is operated by ANRA in this basin. The program has set up five additional stations to look for a variety of pollutants. In 2008, the Texas Water Development Board awarded a grant in the amount of $97,434.00 to fund additional water quality sampling in the Mud Creek watershed. The purpose of the testing was aimed at determining water quality in preparation for designing water treatment systems for the production of potable water for the participants of Lake Columbia.

Monitoring Sites

Monitoring Station ID Location
10532 Mud Creek at US 84 SW of Reklaw
10536* Mud Creek at FM 2064
10538* West Mud Creek at FM 3052
14477 Mud Creek at US 79
16586* Mud Creek at SH 110
17103* Mud Creek at SH 135
AN001* Kickapoo Creek at SH 110
10539* West Mud Creek at FM 344

*Monitoring at this site has been completed, and is halted.


Field Parameters Monitored Monthly

In-stream Flow pH Transparency
Water Temperature Dissolved Oxygen Present Weather
Air Temperature
Conductivity Days Since Last Rainfall
Flow Severity    

 

Laboratory Analyses Performed Monthly

Routine Nutrient Parameters Bacteriology Additional Parameters
  • Ammonia-Nitrogen
    Nitrate-Nitrogen
    Nitrite-Nitrogen
    Total Phosphorus
    Ortho-Phosphorus
    Sulfate
  • Chloride
    Total Suspended
    Solids
    Total Dissolved
    Solids
    Chlorophyll-a
    Pheophytin
  • Total Coliform
    E. coli
  • Carbonate
    Bicarbonate
    Sodium
    Fluoride
    Alkalinity as CaCO3
    Hardness, Total
    Hardness, Calcium
    Hardness, Magnesium
    Calcium
    Magnesium
  • Total Solids
    Biochemical
    Oxygen Demand
    Chemical Oxygen
    Demand
    Total Kjeldhal
    Nitrogen
    Turbidity
    Color
    Total Petroleum
    Hydrocarbons

 

Laboratory Analyses Performed Quarterly

Metals Organics Additional Parameters
Arsenic
Barium
Cadmium
Chromium
Lead
Mercury
Selenium
Silver
Antimony
Beryllium
Thallium
Aluminum
Copper
Iron
Manganese
Zinc
Herbicides
Pesticides
Total Organic
Carbon
Cyanide
Phenols
Bromide

Laboratory Analyses Performed Semi-Annually

Organics
Volatile Organics
Semi-Volatile
Organics
Polychlorinated
Biphenyls (PCBs)

 

Final Report

Source Water Assessment in the Mud Creek Watershed (1.12 MB)