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Navasota River: A Community Project to Protect Recreational Uses

A project to reduce bacteria and protect recreational safety in the Navasota River. The stakeholders and the TCEQ are developing a total maximum daily load (TMDL), which together with its implementation plan will be the road map for improving water quality.
map of the Navasota River Watershed
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Counties: Brazos, Grimes, Leon, Limestone, Madison, Robertson
Parameter: Bacteria
River Basin: Brazos
Segment: 1209

Background and Goals

The Navasota River, Segment 1209, begins below Lake Limestone and flows until it connects with the Brazos River southwest of the town of Navasota. It is a predominately rural watershed in the larger Brazos River Basin. Bryan and College Station are the largest urban areas.

High concentrations of bacteria, which are found in both human and animal waste, have been observed in the river. The presence of these bacteria may indicate a health risk to people who swim or wade in the bayou—activities referred to as “contact recreation” in the Texas Surface Water Quality Standards.

The goal of this project is to improve water quality in order to protect recreational uses. Toward that goal, the TCEQ is developing a total maximum daily load (TMDL) and an implementation plan (I-Plan) to reduce bacteria in the Navasota River.

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Get Involved

Staff from the Texas Water Resources Institute are working with stakeholder communities, interest groups, and local organizations to distribute information about this project and involve stakeholders in developing a plan for watershed improvement. All public meetings about this project are open to anyone interested. Watch for meeting announcements on the TWRI website Exit the TCEQ.

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Contact Us

Please send an e-mail to tmdl@tceq.texas.gov, and mention the Navasota River in the subject line. Or call us at 512-239-6682.

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communities working together taking care of our rivers, lakes, and bays