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Houston-Galveston Region: Bacteria Implementation Group

The BIG, a stakeholder group and regional governing body, has developed a regional implementation plan to reduce bacteria in impaired lakes and streams in the greater Houston area.

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About the Group

The Bacteria Implementation Group 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.

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Get Involved

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 Exit Site.

Business Meetings

Business meetings are held twice annually, at the H-GAC offices Exit the TCEQ. See the BIG’s website Exit the TCEQ for more information about work groups and steering committee meetings.

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On January 30, 2013, the commission approved the stakeholder-developed implementation plan to reduce bacteria in waterways of the greater Houston Area. View an archived Webcast Exit the TCEQ of the commissioners’ meeting.

The BIG’s plan implements TMDLs in the Houston Metropolitan Area, Buffalo and Whiteoak Bayous, Clear Creek, and watersheds upstream of Lake Houston.

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For More Information

For information regarding this project, please contact Todd Running at the H-GAC by phone at 713-993-4549 or by e-mail at Or e-mail the TCEQ’s TMDL Program at, and reference the BIG in the subject line. Reach the TMDL Program by phone at 512-239-6682.

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