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San Jacinto River, East and West Forks: Protecting Recreational Uses

A community project to reduce bacteria levels in parts of the San Jacinto River, making them safer for recreation. The stakeholders and TCEQ are developing total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) and an implementation plan (I-Plan), which together provide a road map to improving water quality.
photo of East Fork of the San Jacinto River

East Fork San Jacinto River
Photo Courtesy of Texas Parks and Wildlife

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Watershed Counties: Grimes, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, San Jacinto, and Walker
Parameter: Bacteria
River Basin: San Jacinto
Segments: 1002, 1003, 1004, 1004D

Overview

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).

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Get Involved

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 and March 2014 to introduce this project to stakeholders and seek their involvement.  

Find out more about what it means to participate in TMDL projects.

Reports and Other Documents

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Contact Us

Please e-mail us at tmdl@tceq.texas.gov, and reference the San Jacinto River bacteria project in the subject line. Or call us at 512-239-6682.

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