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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

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
County Harris
Recreational-Survey Report TCEQ completed a report of its Recreational Use Attainability Analysis for these water bodies.
Public Review of Recreational-Survey Report The comment period for the draft report is completed. After the comment period closed, 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 The recommendations on for the recreational uses were submitted to the public for comment. 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. 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 EPA approved recreation use changes for the following water bodies:
  • Brickhouse Gully/Bayou
  • Unnamed Tributary of Whiteoak Bayou 1017D
  • Unnamed Tributary of Whiteoak Bayou 1017E
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

Find the RUAA for Buffalo and Whiteoak bayous below. Photographs associated with preparation of the RUAA are also provided. The photos are provided in zip archives (Help with compressed files).

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