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Sims Bayou: Riparian Restoration Project

The Student Conservation Association, Inc. (SCA) is establishing two acres of riparian zone in Milby Park along Sims Bayou.

Background

Sims Bayou is not meeting Water Quality Standards for contact recreation due to high levels of bacteria. In 2010, the TCEQ published the Four Total Maximum Daily Loads for Indicator Bacteria in Sims Bayou Above Tidal and Tributary for Segments 1007D and 1007N, Adobe Acrobat PDF Document which included potential sources of bacteria within the watershed.

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Project Description

The SCA recruited and trained student crews and interns to restore two acres of riparian zone in Milby Park along Sims Bayou. The restored riparian zone will slow the velocity of stormwater runoff and allow sediment to settle out, reducing the pollutant load to the water body. Additionally, the project includes trash cleanups, conservation activities, and water quality monitoring by citizen scientists.

In a second phase of this project, the SCA is expanding restoration and cleanup events to three other parks in Houston Charlton, Stuart, and Reveille Parks.

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Documents

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For More Information

To find out more about the NPS Program, call 512-239-6682 or e-mail us at nps@tceq.texas.gov.

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