EPA accepts new Arroyo watershed management plan

A new and improved plan to protect the Arroyo Colorado watershed has won the approval of the Environmental Protection Agency. The green-lighting by the EPA means the new study replaces one adopted in 2007 and will provide a framework for cleaning up the heavily polluted waterway, which also serves as a key flood-control feature for the Rio GrandeValley. The update met the agency’s national guidelines for watershed-based plans, and outlines a strategy to improve the Arroyo’s two segments impaired by bacteria and low dissolved oxygen rates, Jaime Flores, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program coordinator in Weslaco, said in a statement.

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Source: Rick Kelley

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