Houston-Galveston Region: Implementing a Plan to Protect Recreational Uses
Watch the BIG video on YouTube. For three years, a 31-member group known as the Bacteria Implementation Group or the BIG, met every month to develop a plan to improve water quality in the Houston-Galveston area as part of this TMDL project. The BIG is a diverse group of committed and concerned folks, representing a cross-section of professionals and concerned citizens from many disciplines. The BIG Implementation Plan was approved by the TCEQ in January of 2013. The group continues to work for better quality water in the 2,200 square-mile area covered by their plan.
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Water quality testing found that bacteria concentrations are elevated in numerous waterways in the Houston–Galveston region. High bacteria concentrations might pose a risk to people who swim or wade in natural waters. Swimming and wading are called “contact recreation” in the state’s standards for water quality; the term refers to all recreation in which people are likely to swallow natural waters.
The goal of this project is to reduce bacteria concentrations and protect recreational safety. This project includes 72 TMDLs for 60 waterway segments in 10 counties. The project area is 2,204 square miles including all or part of 56 cities and a population of about four million people.
Watershed Counties: Brazoria, Harris, Fort Bend, Grimes, Liberty, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Walker, and Waller
River Basin: San Jacinto
Segments: 1004E, 1006D, 1006I, 1006F, 1006H, 1006J, 1007B, 1007C, 1007D, 1007E, 1007F, 1007G, 1007H, 1007I, 1007K, 1007L, 1007M, 1007N, 1007O, 1007R, 1008, 1008H, 1009, 1009C, 1009D, 1009E, 1010, 1011, 1013, 1013A, 1013C, 1014, 1014A, 1014B, 1014E, 1014H, 1014K, 1014L, 1014M, 1014N, 1014O, 1016, 1016A, 1016B, 1016C, 1016D, 1017, 1017A, 1017B, 1017D, 1017E, 1101, 1101A, 1101B, 1101C, 1101D, 1101E, 1102, 1102A, 1102B, 1102C, 1102D, 1102E, and 1102G
The Bacteria Implementation Group (BIG) is a regional governing body whose creation was facilitated by the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC). The BIG was formed to develop and implement a regional plan to reduce bacteria concentrations in impaired lakes, bayous, and streams in the Houston metropolitan area.
The BIG is coordinating public participation in improving Houston-area waterways. Meetings of the BIG are open to everyone. Meeting records are available on the BIG’s website .
For information regarding this project, please contact Todd Running at the H-GAC by phone at 713-993-4549 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or e-mail the TCEQ’s TMDL Program at email@example.com, and mention the Houston-Galveston bacteria project in the subject line. Reach the TMDL Program by phone at 512-239-6682.