San Jacinto River, East and West Forks: Protecting Recreational Uses
Watershed Counties: Grimes, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, San Jacinto, and Walker
River Basin: San Jacinto
Segments: 1002, 1003, 1004, 1004D
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.
The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) is coordinating public participation in this project. The TCEQ and the H-GAC hosted three meetings in July 2013 to kick off this project with stakeholders.
At these meetings in three different cities within the watershed, TCEQ project staff will update people about the work done so far in developing the TMDL. The TCEQ and stakeholders will also discuss electing a stakeholder coordinating committee, with voluntary membership, to steer development of the TMDL I-Plan.
March 5, 2014
10:00 a.m.- noon
Cleveland Civic Center
210 Peach St.
March 5, 2014
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Humble Civic Center
8233 Will Clayton Pkwy
March 6, 2014
10:00 a.m. – noon
Montgomery County Public Library, Conroe Location
104 Interstate 45 N
Reports and Other Documents
- Technical Support Document, TIAER 2013
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