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cgm
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posted August 15, 2009 12:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cgm     Edit/Delete Message
I'm not sure which is worse - the wasted water mentioned in other forum sites or the waste water at the 1492 low water bridge, reported at 687 e coli/100 ml with high readings at 394. When I cross the bridge, dodging adults, children & dogs, I wonder if they realize that they are playing in a cess pool. I'm sure they're not aware of whatever might lurk in those murky, stagnant waters & they're not informed by their hosts of the potential danger. And, the county health dept isn't going to post a warning sign: Beware - Enter at your own risk.

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Ginia M
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posted August 17, 2009 09:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ginia M     Edit/Delete Message
I know. My son and some of his friends were swimming down there until about a month ago when they realized that it was, as you stated, a cesspool. I heard, and the person that told me may be wrong, that some of the older homes along the river have seepage from old cesspools that are not in compliance and because they are grandfathered in or something, nothing is done about it. I may be totally wrong about this as I am repeating an old-timers warnings regarding the situation.
I DO think that anyone owning property, commercial or otherwise, on the river should warn visitors/guests of the dangers. It makes me sick to watch people wading through the muck, not knowing better.

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posted August 17, 2009 10:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cgm     Edit/Delete Message
I thoroughly agree that people should be warned but that would discourage tourists & guests at local accommodations. That means loss of money.

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ddorrance
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posted August 18, 2009 09:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ddorrance     Edit/Delete Message
Can anyone provide advice on where I can go or who I can call to get the most recent e coli monitoring data in the river?

Thanks for any help

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cgm
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posted August 18, 2009 12:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cgm     Edit/Delete Message
The presence of e-coli results reported in the Wimberley View is prepared by the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District (HTGC), phone: 512/858-9253. Please let us know what you find out about this problem.

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ddorrance
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posted August 19, 2009 08:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ddorrance     Edit/Delete Message
I tried calling that number, but kept getting a busy signal. I sent an email and they replied promptly. I got a complete download of the same data that are posted in the paper. I am interested in the deep reach just below Pioneer Town. Except for the recent spike, the levels have actually been below the standard consistantly since September 2007 (just after a big flow event). The lesson from the data in that reach seems to be that the levels go high both when flows drop below 6 cfs and rise above 500 cfs.

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XIIthMan
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posted August 19, 2009 01:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for XIIthMan     Edit/Delete Message
The single sample criterion is 394 MPN/100mL.
Here are the last two years (since 1/1/08) worth of bacteria samples in the TCEQ database.

Station Description End date Parameter Description Value
BLANCO RIVER AT SH 12 1/15/2008 E. COLI COLILERT IDEXX METHOD MPN/100ML" 56
BLANCO RIVER AT CR1492 1/15/2008 E. COLI COLILERT IDEXX METHOD MPN/100ML" 79
BLANCO RIVER AT SH 12 3/28/2008 E. COLI COLILERT IDEXX METHOD MPN/100ML" 54
BLANCO RIVER AT CR1492 3/28/2008 E. COLI COLILERT IDEXX METHOD MPN/100ML" 100
BLANCO RIVER AT SH 12 4/28/2008 E. COLI COLILERT IDEXX METHOD MPN/100ML" 24
BLANCO RIVER AT CR1492 4/28/2008 E. COLI COLILERT IDEXX METHOD MPN/100ML" 57
BLANCO RIVER AT SH 12 6/26/2008 E. COLI COLILERT IDEXX METHOD MPN/100ML" 26
BLANCO RIVER AT CR1492 6/26/2008 E. COLI COLILERT IDEXX METHOD MPN/100ML" 390
BLANCO RIVER AT SH 12 7/29/2008 E. COLI COLILERT IDEXX METHOD MPN/100ML" 78
BLANCO RIVER AT CR1492 7/29/2008 E. COLI COLILERT IDEXX METHOD MPN/100ML" 250
BLANCO RIVER AT SH 12 9/24/2008 E. COLI COLILERT IDEXX METHOD MPN/100ML" 19
BLANCO RIVER AT CR1492 9/24/2008 E. COLI COLILERT IDEXX METHOD MPN/100ML" 32
BLANCO RIVER AT SH 12 12/1/2008 E. COLI COLILERT IDEXX METHOD MPN/100ML" 25
BLANCO RIVER AT CR1492 12/1/2008 E. COLI COLILERT IDEXX METHOD MPN/100ML" 44
BLANCO RIVER AT SH 12 3/19/2009 E. COLI COLILERT IDEXX METHOD MPN/100ML" 14
BLANCO RIVER AT CR1492 3/19/2009 E. COLI COLILERT IDEXX METHOD MPN/100ML" 26
BLANCO RIVER AT SH 12 5/28/2009 E. COLI COLILERT IDEXX METHOD MPN/100ML" 91
BLANCO RIVER AT CR1492 5/28/2009 E. COLI COLILERT IDEXX METHOD MPN/100ML" 20
BLANCO RIVER AT SH 12 6/17/2009 E. COLI COLILERT IDEXX METHOD MPN/100ML" 3
BLANCO RIVER AT CR1492 6/17/2009 E. COLI COLILERT IDEXX METHOD MPN/100ML" 250

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cgm
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posted August 21, 2009 02:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cgm     Edit/Delete Message
If anyone is concerned about the e coli levels in a certain section of the river or creek and they are planning to stay at one of our many lodgings, I would call their office prior to arrival to determine exactly how "clean" their water source is. Of course, they may not want to tell you or may "mislead" you or just flat don't know or care.

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