Houston-Galveston Regional Plan: Status and Activities
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|Watershed Counties: Brazoria, Harris, Fort Bend, Grimes, Liberty, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Walker, and Waller
River Basin: San Jacinto, San Jacinto–Brazos Coastal
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The commission approved the stakeholder-developed implementation plan on January 30, 2013. This I-Plan was developed by stakeholders in the Bacteria Implementation Group (BIG) .
Watch the BIG video on YouTube. The BIG is a diverse group of committed and concerned people, representing a cross-section of concerned citizens from many disciplines. The group works for better quality water in the 2,200 square-mile area covered by their plan.
Read the most recent story—Collaboration in a BIG Way, about the status of realizing the BIG's I-Plan.
Annual Report of Implementation Progress
In late 2015, the BIG published its second Annual Report of its progress reducing bacteria in Houston–Galveston area waterways. Download the 2015 BIG Annual Report (12 MB) .
The I-Plan identifies eleven primary strategies for achieving environmental goals. These strategies relate to:
- wastewater treatment facilities
- on-site sewage facilities
- sanitary sewer systems
- stormwater and land development
- illicit discharges and dumping
- agriculture and animals
- residential areas
- monitoring progress and updating the plan
- a geographic priority framework
The I-Plan outlines numerous activities under each of these strategies. Read the I-Plan.
Grant Funded Projects to Support the I-Plan
The TCEQ's Nonpoint Source Program has supported these projects that help reduce bacteria in the project-area waterways.
- Clear Creek Tidal: installed low impact development (LID) features in League City.
- Halls-Bayou–Westfield Estates: implemented low-flow water devices, a pet-waste program, and outreach for managing on-site wastewater facilities in Westfield Estates.
- Lake Houston Wetland Demonstration: installed water quality exhibits at the WaterWorks Science and Education Center.
- Whiteoak Bayou, installed low impact development (LID) features in a two-block area of the Cottage Grove subdivision, which is being redeveloped from single family residences to town houses.
- Coastal Areas: On-Site Sewage Facilities Phase 1 and Phase 2: located, pumped out, and replaced malfunctioning OSSFs within the Coastal Zone Management Zone as well as providing training programs for homeowners and local health department staff.
- Roadway LID Demonstration: installing and monitoring the performance of LID features for roadways in Harris County.
- Houston Area Trash Bash: removing trash from waterways at about 17 sites in the Houston-Galveston area.
For information regarding this project, please e-mail the TCEQ’s TMDL Program at firstname.lastname@example.org, and mention the Houston-Galveston bacteria project in the subject line. Or call us at 512-239-6682.