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Cypress Creek in the San Jacinto River Basin: Developing a Watershed Protection Plan

A grant-supported project to develop a watershed protection plan for Cypress Creek, Segment 1009, in northwestern Harris County.


The Cypress Creek watershed is within the San Jacinto River Basin in northwestern Harris County. The creek has mixed land uses ranging from rapidly urbanizing areas in its eastern extent, to rural prairieland in its western headwaters. The water quality uses of Cypress Creek and its tributaries are affected by bacteria concentrations that exceed criteria in the Texas Water Quality Standards and concerns related to low dissolved oxygen levels, elevated nutrients, and impaired communities of macrobenthics (small organisms that live at the bottom of a water column and are visible to the naked eye).

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Project Description

Through this project, the Houston-Galveston Area Council will:

  • Update existing water quality analysis with additional data acquired from the Clean Rivers Program and the TCEQ.
  • Engage stakeholders to develop a watershed protection plan to address listed impairments and concerns.
  • Assess water quality data from the adjacent Spring Creek watershed to update a previous characterization report.

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For More Information

To find out more about the NPS Program, call 512-239-6682 or e-mail us at

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