Peach Creek: A TMDL Project for Bacteria
Counties: Bastrop, Caldwell, Fayette, Gonzales
Basin: Guadalupe River
- Project Overview (PDF)
- Background and Goals
- Proposed TMDL
- Public Participation
- Project Reports
- For More Information
In Peach Creek (Segment 1803C) in the Guadalupe River Basin, TCEQ assessment found concentrations of bacteria often exceed the criteria established to protect water quality.
Bacteria from human and animal waste often indicate the presence of disease-causing microorganisms that pose a threat to public health. People who swim or wade in the bayous may be at risk. Swimming and wading is called contact recreation in the state's standards for water quality, referring to all recreation in which people come in direct contact with the water.
The goal of this project is to reduce bacteria concentrations to within acceptable risk levels for contact recreation by developing total maximum daily loads.
Final adoption of this TMDL has been postponed. Revisions to the water quality standards adopted in 2010 made it advisable to delay development of this TMDL. Prior to moving forward with the TMDL, the TCEQ will hold meetings with stakeholders to discuss options.
- Proposed One Total Maximum Daily Load for Bacteria in Peach Creek, Segment 1803C (PDF)
- Response to Public Comment (PDF)
An advisory group was formed to involve the public in development of the TMDL. The group includes stakeholders who represent government, permitted facilities, agriculture, business, environmental, and community interests. This voluntary committee provides advice and comment to the TCEQ on its project to restore water quality in Peach Creek.
Meeting Records of the Stakeholders Group
The documents linked below are provided in PDF.
- Ground Rules
- October 2007
- October 2005
- August 2004
- August 2003
- September 2002
The document linked below is provided in PDF.
For More Information
For additional information regarding this project, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and reference the Peach Creek Bacteria TMDL in the subject line. Or call Louanne Jones at 512-239-2310.