Cypress Creek Basin
Clean Rivers Program
Steering Committee
Meeting Minutes

1:30 PM August 30, 2006
Executive Office of
Northeast Texas Municipal Water District
Hughes Springs, Texas

  The meeting began at approximately 1:30 pm. The following persons were present:

  Walt Sears, Jr.
Tommy Spruil
Gary Spicerx
J.R. Alphin
Nancy Stirl
Beverly Allen
Rick Lowerre
T.J. Helton
Adam Whisenant
Leah Cooper
Courtney Sharp
C. W. Forsyth
Nancy Pasel
Bob Joseph
Laurie Curra

Dwight Slaback
John O'Connor
Ric Blevins
Art Crowe
Jennifer Delk
Paul Price
Vernon Rowe
Judy Yocom
Kathy Kaminsky
Kent Stacks
Todd York
Melvin Reynolds
Joe Trungule
  Guests and committee representatives were recognized and welcomed to the meeting by Walt Sears, Jr.

By consensus, the minutes of the April 19, 2006 meeting were approved as presented.

Walt Sears advised the committee that the EPA has now approved the TMDL for Lake O’ the Pines.

Recent contract amendments between TCEQ and NETMWD concerning Caddo Lake WPP were discussed. The members were told of Beverly Allen being the Caddo Watershed Coordinator in this project, as additional funding was provided by TCEQ for the position.

Sediment sampling at 55 sites performed by the USGS during the month of August 2006 was discussed by the group. Results of the sampling will be posted to the NETMWD web site. Additional nutrient monitoring, by Clean Rivers Program Partners, will be performed at James Bayou, Jim’s Bayou, and Big Cypress Creek. An update of the first two meetings of the Physical Concerns Workgroup was given with an announcement of the next Physical Concerns Workgroup would be held August 31, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. The upcoming environmental flows workshop will be held October 2 – October 04, 2006 in Jefferson, Texas

Leah Cooper with Lone Star Steel Company gave a power point presentation on the sediment sampling performed at Ellison Creek Reservoir. Other concerns addressed in the presentation were spraying of hydrilla and their findings on the fish advisory given earlier in the year. Lone Star Steel is trying to get the state agency to revise the advisory based on further analysis.

Minutes of the Cypress Creek Basin Clean Rivers Program Steering Committee

August 30, 2006

Paul Price, representative of HDR Engineering, presented a power point presentation on the 319h project. Site maps, along with number of samples caught at each site, was given to the group.

An update of the continuous monitoring stations in Lake O’ the Pines was next. The locations of the three stations are: off the U.S. Hwy. 259 bridge, near NETMWD intake structure, and at the Lake O’ The Pines dam. NETMWD personnel will perform maintenance. It was reported that installations of these sites should begin soon.

Items planned for the next CRP meeting include: a presentation from the Franklin County Water District on hydrilla containment at Lake Cypress Springs, the effects of drought in the watershed, an update from Leah Cooper on Ellison Creek Reservoir, and a report from NTCC on the sampling performed by their students in 2006 on Big Cypress Creek. It was agreed that the next meeting would be held during the week of November 27, 2006, but the exact day and time would be determined at a later date.

There was no additional public comments or input.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:35 p.m.