Water quality in North Central Texas reservoirs is a growing concern. Six of the major reservoirs in the Trinity River Basin managed by Tarrant Regional Water District now provides water supplies for 1.6 million people across 11 counties and are expected to serve 2.66 million by 2050.
A team of Texas Agricultural Experiment Station researchers, Texas Cooperative Extension specialists and agents, and selected private consultants team too assist local water management authorities in assessing impacts of urban and agricultural best management practices (BMPs) on water quality in selected reservoirs in North Central Texas. The team is developing and conducting targeted educational programs to inform stakeholders of water quality issues and BMPs needed to improve water quality of selected reservoirs so that communities can be ensured a clean and adequate water supply.
A modeling framework is being developed to identify nutrient loads from point and nonpoint sources to determine the sensitivity of reservoirs to various pollutants. The goal is to develop and implement a watershed protection plan that will provide the most protection with the least cost to implement, to develop a model community-action program that will ensure adequate and high-quality water supplies across North Central Texas.