ANRA Clean Rivers Program Activities

Project Administration

ANRA and TCEQ agreed to extend their FY 2018-2019 Clean Rivers Program (CRP) contract through the FY 2020-2021 biennium to conduct water quality monitoring activities in the Upper Neches River Basin. This agreement is effective for the period of Sept. 1, 2017 through August 31, 2021. The two year extension adds $479,766 in funding to the contract.

Quality Assurance

ANRA's FY 20-21 Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) for the Upper Neches River Basin was approved by the TCEQ in Aug 23 of 2019. 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 2020 Coordinated Monitoring Schedule

The FY 2020 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=2020

During FY 2020, 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 2020 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

ANRA's 2015 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. ANRA's next Summary Report is planned for 2020.

The most recently published highlights report was the 2019 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 2019 CRP Steering Committee Meeting was held on Monday, June 17, 2019, at 1 pm at the Texas Forestry Association Office in Lufkin. 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 Carla Ethridge at 936-632-7795 cethridge@anra.org.

Public Outreach

Texas Stream Team - Caring for our Waters

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 Carla Ethridge at 936-632-7795 (or e-mail cethridge@anra.org).

Major Rivers
ANRA's Clean Rivers Program supports local schools by providing Major Rivers student education materials. Major Rivers is a 4th and 5th grade water education curriculum designed to teach students about the major water resources of Texas, how water is treated and delivered, and how to use water wisely. Originally launched by the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) in 1989, the Major Rivers program was modified in 2003 into a statewide version that integrates water planning, conservation, internet resources, and historical stories about Texas river basins. In 2010, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) began offering an updated version of Major Rivers which incorporates the latest information from the 2007 State Water Plan, includes new outdoor water conservation activities, and has student materials in both English and Spanish. For more information about Major Rivers, please visit the TWDB's Major Rivers page.