Dickinson Bayou: Implementing a Plan to Protect Recreational Uses
Basin: San Jacinto–Brazos Coastal
Segments: 1103, 1103A, 1103B, 1103C, 1103D, 1103E, 1104
- Project Overview
- Background and Goals
- Approved Implementation Plan
- Adopted TMDLs
- Get Involved
- For More Information
Background and Goals
High concentrations of bacteria measured in Dickinson Bayou Tidal, Segment 1103, and four of its tributaries might pose a health risk for people who swim or wade in the bayou. Bacteria from human and animal waste may indicate the presence of disease-causing microorganisms that may cause illness. Swimming and other forms of recreation in which people come into direct contact with the water are referred to as contact recreation in the state's standards for the quality of streams, lakes, and bays.
The TMDL project will characterize the sources of bacteria in the watershed of the bayou and develop a plan to improve water quality. The goal of the TMDL is to reduce bacteria concentrations to within acceptable risk levels for contact recreation.
Approved Implementation Plan
The commission approved this stakeholder-developed plan on January 15, 2014.
- Implementation Plan for Eight Total Maximum Daily Loads for Bacteria in Dickinson Bayou
- Response to Public Comment on the I-Plan
Adopted Total Maximum Daily Loads
On February 8, 2012, the commission adopted:
- Eight Total Maximum Daily Loads for Indicator Bacteria in Dickinson Bayou and Three Tidal Tributaries
On June 6, 2012, the EPA approved the TMDLs, at which time they became part of the state’s Water Quality Management Plan. Learn more about the Water Quality Management Plan.
Revisions to TMDLs
From time to time, it is necessary to revise TMDLs to account for changing conditions in the watershed. Revisions to the load allocations in TMDLs are made via the state’s Water Quality Management Plan (WQMP), which is updated quarterly.
The WQMP provides projected effluent limits for use in planning and permitting activities under the Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES). The TCEQ reviews all applications for new and amended permits for conformance with applicable portions of the WQMP, including adopted TMDLs.
Revisions are made to TMDLs in one of two ways:
- Updates are made to account for changing conditions in the watershed, such as new or revised wasteload allocations, permits that have been canceled or have expired, or changed facility names.
- Addenda are created to add load allocations for assessment units that are impaired by the same pollutant or condition, within the same watershed as in the original TMDL report.
Both updates and addenda are provided in the same units of measure used in the original TMDL.
Additional TMDLs for Dickinson Bayou have been added by addendum.
- TMDL Addendum One: Three TMDLs for Bacteria in Dickinson Bayou
July 2016 WQMP Update, Approved by EPA September 30, 2016
Revisions to the TMDL are documented in the approved WQMP updates listed below.
- April 2016, Appendix IV, pages 15-16
Stakeholders in the watershed have formed the Dickinson Bayou Watershed Partnership to implement activities that improve water quality in Dickinson Bayou. Meeting information and records are available on the Partnership’s website . The TCEQ is working with this existing forum to participate with the public in developing and implementing the TMDL project. Other partners include the Houston-Galveston Area Council, the Galveston Bay Estuary Program, and the Texas Cooperative Extension.
Meeting Records, TCEQ-Led Meetings
Meeting records are provided in PDF
For More Information
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