A briefing scheduled for today to inform the public on findings following the assessment of water quality and watershed planning for Nolan Creek and South Nolan Creek was canceled due to expected inclement weather.

Officials conducting the study said in a news release Wednesday that the meeting scheduled for 5 p.m. today will be moved to a later date.

Representatives with the Brazos River Authority, the Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will present the creek’s nutrient requirements, give a water quality data update and go through the next steps in the study once the meeting is rescheduled.

The study was initiated in an effort to remove elevated bacteria levels from a waterway segment. Nikki Jackson, the institute’s project director, said 29 miles of Nolan Creek were originally listed in 1996 as having elevated bacteria levels in certain segments of the creek.

She said two segments within the 29-mile stretch — a portion of South Nolan Creek from the confluence with North Nolan Creek and Nolan Creek upstream to Liberty Ditch — were assessed in 2010 and found to be impaired, mostly in the Killeen area.

“The water quality goal of this project is to identify causes and sources of pollution in Nolan Creek (and) South Nolan Creek Watershed, and to provide stakeholders and agencies with sufficient information to address elevated bacteria levels in the water,” she said.

The full segment of the study includes Killeen, Harker Heights, Nolanville, Belton and portions of Fort Hood.

Jackson said notice will be given once a date has been determined for the meeting.

Contact Natalie Stewart at nstewart@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7555

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