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Buffalo and Whiteoak Bayous Recreational Use Attainability Analysis

RUAAs for Buffalo Bayou Above Tidal, Bear Creek, Buffalo Bayou, Langham Creek, South Mayde Creek (Harris), Turkey Creek, Mason Creek, Neimans Bayou, Rummel Creek, Spring Branch, Whiteoak Bayou Above Tidal, Brickhouse Gully/Bayou, Cole Creek, unnamed tributary of Whiteoak Bayou, and unnamed tributary of Whiteoak Bayou, San Jacinto River Basin.

Project Summary

Status: Completed; awaiting EPA approval

Basin San Jacinto River Basin
Segment Names and Numbers Buffalo Bayou Above Tidal, 1014; Bear Creek, 1014A; Buffalo Bayou, 1014B; Langham Creek, 1014E; South Mayde Creek, 1014H; Turkey Creek, 1014K; Mason Creek, 1014L; Neimans Bayou, 1014M; Rummel Creek, 1014N; Spring Branch, 1014O; Whiteoak Bayou Above Tidal, 1017; Brickhouse Gully/Bayou, 1017A; Cole Creek, 1017B; unnamed tributary of Whiteoak Bayou, 1017D; and unnamed tributary of Whiteoak Bayou, 1017E
Counties Harris
Recreational-Survey Report The TCEQ has completed a report of its Recreational Use Attainability Analysis for this water body.
Public Review of Recreational-Survey Report

The comment period for the draft report has concluded. After the comment period on the draft report closed, the TCEQ used the comments to make an informed recommendation for the recreational-use category and criteria to include in the Texas Surface Water Quality Standards.

TCEQ Recommendations

There was a comment period after publishing the recommendations on recreational use. The TCEQ recommended the contact recreation use on Buffalo Bayou Above Tidal, Bear Creek, Buffalo Bayou, Langham Creek,  South Mayde Creek, Turkey Creek, Mason Creek, Neimans Bayou, Rummel Creek, Spring Branch, Whiteoak Bayou Above Tidal, and Cole Creek remain primary contact recreation. The TCEQ recommended the contact recreation use on Brickhouse Gully/Bayou, Unnamed tributary of Whiteoak Bayou 1017D, and Unnamed tributary of Whiteoak Bayou 1017E be revised to secondary contact recreation 1.  These use changes were included in the 2010 Texas Surface Water Quality Standards.

Final Outcome

The following water bodies have recreation use changes approved by EPA:

  • Brickhouse Gully/Bayou
  • Unnamed tributary of Whiteoak Bayou 1017D
  • Unnamed tributary of Whiteoak Bayou 1017E

The TCEQ is retaining the primary contact recreation use on the following water bodies:

  • Buffalo Bayou Above Tidal
  • Bear Creek
  • Buffalo Bayou
  • Langham Creek
  • South Mayde Creek
  • Turkey Creek
  • Mason Creek
  • Neimans Bayou
  • Rummel Creek
  • Spring Branch
  • Whiteoak Bayou Above Tidal
  • Cole Creek

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Project Report and Photos

The RUAA for Buffalo and Whiteoak bayous is available for download. Photographs associated with preparation of the RUAA are also provided. The report is in PDF. The photos are provided in zip archives (Help with compressed files.). Approximate file sizes are shown in parentheses.

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