Dickinson Bayou: A TMDL Project to Protect Recreational Uses
at FM 517
Basin: San Jacinto–Brazos Coastal
Segments: 1103, 1103A, 1103B, 1103C, 1104
- Project Overview
- Background and Goals
- Draft 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.
Draft Implementation Plan
The draft plan was developed by stakeholders, with meeting coordination by the Dickinson Bayou Watershed Partnership.
- Draft Implementation Plan for Eight Total Maximum Daily Loads for Bacteria in Dickinson Bayou
Comments on the draft TMDLs closed on October 7, 2013. The TCEQ held a public meeting to hear oral comments about the plan on September 12, 2013, in Dickinson. The stakeholder committees and the TCEQ will consider all comments submittted, make revisions as appropriate, and submit a final plan for commission approval.
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.
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.
- August 24, 2011
- August 16, 2010
- March 25, 2010
- January 29, 2010
For More Information
Please e-mail us at email@example.com, and reference the Dickinson Bayou Bacteria TMDL in the subject line. Or call us at 512-239-6682.