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TCEQ hosts a public meeting on water quality restoration project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 - Upper Oyster Creek 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 three assessment units in Segment 1245 in Upper Oyster Creek located in Fort Bend County in the Brazos River Basin on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the City of Sugarland, City Council Chambers, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Sugarland, TX 77479.

High concentrations of bacteria such as E. coli, 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. In addition to the bacteria, low concentrations of dissolved oxygen in some areas of the creek indicate that conditions are not optimal for aquatic life.

Total maximum daily loads for bacteria and dissolved oxygen 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 Implementation Plan will be available and can be obtained via the agency's website or by calling 512-239-6682.