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Grace Creek: Assessing Water Quality

A current project to monitor bacteria concentrations in portions of Grace Creek and the Sabine River in Longview. If you use these streams, or live or work in their watersheds, please consider participating in this project.
photo of Grace Creek

Grace Creek
Photo Courtesy of TIAER


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County: Gregg, Harrison
Parameter: Bacteria
River Basin: Sabine
Segment: 0505_04, 0505B

Background and Goals

In Grace Creek and a portion of the Sabine River, TCEQ staff have observed high concentrations of bacteria in the streams since 2000. These bacteria, which are found in both human and animal waste, may indicate a health risk to people who swim or wade in the streams. These activities are referred as “contact recreation” in the state’s standards for surface water quality.

The goal of the project is to protect the safety of people who swim or wade in the creeks. To do that we will first collect and study additional water quality data to determine how bad the contamination is. The TCEQ will use these data to determine the most appropriate management strategy. The Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research (TIAER) began working on the project under contract in September 2012.

The project watershed covers about 116 square miles in and around the city of Longview. There is a popular hike and bike trail and nature area along a stretch of the creek. To varying degrees, stormwater runoff from agricultural, industrial, and urban areas affects water quality in the segments. 

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Participate

In all its projects, the TCEQ seeks opinions and information from people who represent government, permitted facilities, agriculture, business, environmental, and community and private interests in the watershed.

TIAER is coordinating public involvement in this project. Throughout the project, we will engage stakeholders in developing a strategy to improve water quality.

Meetings

  • September 2012
    The purpose of this meeting was to introduce the project to stakeholders and get their feedback.

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For More Information

Please e-mail us at tmdl@tceq.texas.gov, and mention the Grace Creek project in the subject. Or call Dania Grundmann, Project Manager, at 512-239-6682.

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