Cypress Creek
Clean Rivers Program
Steering Committee Meeting Minutes


September 29, 2005
Executive Office of
Northeast Texas Municipal Water District
Hughes Springs, Texas

The meeting began at 9:30 a.m. The following persons were present:

Ric Blevins Beverly Allen
J. R. Alphin Charles Dixon
David Weidman Walt Sears, Jr.
Marty Muse Greg Conley
Nancy Stirl Gary Spicer
Patricia Wise Leah Cooper
Jennifer Delk Adam Whisenant
Art Crowe Arthur Talley
Rob Cook Dwight Slaback
Tommy Spruill David Thomas
Jennifer Meyer John O’Connor
Aaron Wendt  

Items 1 & 2. Guests and committee representatives were recognized and welcomed to the meeting by Walt Sears, Jr. Mr. Sears reported on the low lake levels of Lake O’ the Pines.

Item 3. By consensus, the minutes of the March 30, 2005 meetings were approved as presented.

Item 4. Patricia Wise reported that she will be transferring to another location and introduced the new Project Manager, Jennifer Delk. Ms. Delk was welcomed to the committee and Mr. Sears provided her with more information on the project.

Arthur Talley of TCEQ gave an update on the Total Maximum Daily Load Program (TMDL) for Lake O’ the Pines. Both point and non-point sources need to remain involved in this process. Plans were made to provide more information to the representatives of the point sources before the next stakeholder committee meeting.

Item 5. Leah Cooper of Lone Star Steel gave the committee an update on the Sediment Sampling Project at Lake Ellison. Ms. Cooper advised that the final results should be available within the next few months.

Item 6. David Thomas of HDR Engineering gave power point presentations of the 2005 Basin Highlights Report, Tankersley Creek Special Study and the Targeted Flow

Monitoring Study. Mr. Thomas also advised the committee that Paul Price and Associates had merged with the HDR Engineering firm.

Item 7. David Thomas also gave an update on the 2006 Coordinated Monitoring project.

Item 8. The meeting was temporarily recessed at 12:00 pm. So that the attendees could enjoy a lunch that was provided by the Northeast Texas Municipal Water District.

The meeting reconvened at 1:00 p.m.

Item 9. Walt Sears reported that interest in Caddo Lake Environmental Flows was continuing but there was nothing significant to report at this time. There may be something to report and discuss at the next meeting.

Item 10. Mr. Mooring of the USGS was not present due to the recent hurricanes.

Item 11. Beverly Allen gave an update on the 319(h) Project. Mrs. Allen reported that no water samples have been taken due to the very dry weather northeast Texas has been experiencing.

Item 12. The next meeting was scheduled for November 17, 2005.

Item 13. Art Crowe advised that he has completed an 8-year study of the water quality monitoring on the Black Cypress Bayou. A report from Art Crowe at the next meeting is anticipated.

The meeting was adjourned at 2:30 p.m.