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Public invited to informational sessions on water quality in portions of Neches River, Hillebrandt Bayou

Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019—Both meetings will be held on Thursday in Beaumont
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ContactAndrew Keese
Phone512-239-0060
After Hrs512-695-8072

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Texas Water Resources Institute invite the public to one of two informational meetings that will address water quality impairments in the Neches River tidal and the upstream portion of Hillebrandt Bayou.

The meetings will be held at the Cattail Marsh Wetlands Education Center (4233 Babe Zaharias Drive in Beaumont) on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. Identical sessions will be held for the public’s convenience at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

In both the Neches River tidal (Segment 0601) and the upstream portion of Hillebrandt Bayou (Segment 0704_02), there are high concentrations of bacteria, such as E. coli, which is found in both human and animal waste, and may indicate a health risk to people who swim or wade in the streams.

Stakeholders and TCEQ will be developing a total maximum daily load and drafting an implementation plan, which, together, will be the road map for improving water quality. The I-Plan will outline the measures that will be used to reduce pollution.

Both water bodies are currently unable to meet state water quality standards for contact recreation. The current projects are tasked with assessing the extent and potential causes of water quality issues in support of future efforts to improve water quality. Input and guidance from local stakeholders are a key part of developing future solutions.

The project team hopes you will consider participating in one of the meetings scheduled for Aug. 22. Learn more about water quality standards, monitoring, and TMDLs by reading Preserving and Improving Water Quality, which is available on TCEQ’s website.