Matthew Cobb

The city of Coppell is hosting a public meeting about bacteria levels in two area water sources at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Irving Valley Ranch Library, which is located at 401 Cimarron Trail in Irving, according to an article for the Coppell Gazette.

The bacteria levels in Cottonwood Branch and Grapevine Creek are higher than the standards allowed by Texas, which requires that the quality of water must be satisfactory for activities such as swimming and fishing and allow for a healthy aquatic ecosystem.

"The quality of our creeks and streams is an important component of a healthy and pleasant community," said Andrea Morrow, media relations for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. "The people living and working in the watershed can have the greatest impact on water quality and they need to work together to take the proper actions that will improve water quality."

Coppell residents who attend the meeting will have an opportunity to speak about the approaches to decontaminate the water. The TCEQ commission will consider a bacteria-removal plan by the end of the meeting. 

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