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TCEQ hosts a public meeting on water quality restoration

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 - Implementation plan for Dickinson Bayou to be discussed
ContactAndrea Morrow
Phone512-239-5011
Pager512-896-3727

 

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is hosting a meeting to take public comment on an implementation plan for total maximum daily loads for indicator bacteria in Dickinson Bayou and three tidal tributaries located in Brazoria and Galveston Counties on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the City of Dickinson, City Council Chambers, 4403 Highway 3, Dickinson, Texas 77539.

High concentrations of  indicator bacteria such as E. coli and Enterococcus spp., which are found in both human and animal waste, may indicate a health risk to people who swim or wade in the streams—activities called “contact recreation” in the state’s standards for water quality.  TMDLs for bacteria were adopted by the commission and approved by the EPA and are now a part of the state’s Water Quality Management Plan.  An I-Plan puts the TMDLs into action by outlining the steps necessary to reduce pollutant loads through regulatory and voluntary activities.

At this meeting, individuals have the opportunity to present oral statements when called upon in order of registration. An agency staff member will give a brief presentation at the start of the meeting and will be available to answer questions before and after all public comments have been received.

Persons with disabilities who have special communication or other accommodation needs who are planning to attend the meeting should contact the agency at 512-239-6682.  Requests should be made as far in advance as possible. Copies of the draft TMDLs and the draft Implementation Plan will be available and can be obtained via the agency's website  or by calling 512-239-6682.