San Jacinto River, East and West Forks: Protecting Recreational Uses
West Fork San Jacinto River
Photo Courtesy of the Houston-Galveston Area Council
Watershed Counties: Grimes, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, San Jacinto, and Walker
River Basin: San Jacinto
Segments: 1002, 1003, 1004, 1004D
- Project Overview
- Background and Goals
- Get Involved
- Total Maximum Daily Loads
- Reports and Other Documents
- Contact Us
Background and Goals
The goal of this current project is to reduce bacteria levels in parts of the San Jacinto River, making them safer for recreation. High levels of bacteria may pose a risk to people who swim or wade in them—activities called “contact recreation” in the state's standards for water quality.
A scientific analysis called a total maximum daily load is being developed as the basis for a plan to improve water quality. A TMDL is like a budget for pollutants—it estimates the amount of a pollutant that a water body can receive and still support its designated uses, like recreation.
The waterways included in this project are parts of Lake Houston, the East Fork San Jacinto River, the West Fork San Jacinto River, and Crystal Creek, which is a tributary of the West Fork.
See a map of the project area (PNG).
In all our projects, we seek opinions and information from stakeholders—people who represent government, permitted facilities, agriculture, business, environmental, and community and private interests in the watershed.
All stakeholders are welcome to get involved in developing the strategy to improve water quality. Public meetings about the project are open to everyone.
Total Maximum Daily Loads
The public comment period on the proposed TMDLs ended on April 4, 2016. Community stakeholders worked with the TCEQ to develop the TMDL. The commission also requested comments on the stakeholders' decision to join the efforts of the BIG's existing I-Plan.
- Draft Seven Total Maximum Daily Loads for Indicator Bacteria in Lake Houston, East Fork San Jacinto River, West Fork San Jacinto River, and Crystal Creek Watersheds
East Fork San Jacinto River
Photo Courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife
Reports and Other Documents
- Technical Support Document, TIAER 2015
Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and mention the San Jacinto River bacteria project in the subject line. Or call us at 512-239-6682.