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Upper Neches River Recreational Use Attainability Analysis

RUAA for Kickapoo Creek in Henderson County, Neches River Above Lake Palestine, Prairie Creek, Mud Creek, and West Mud Creek, Neches River Basin

Project Summary

Status: Completed; awaiting EPA approval

Basin Neches River
Segment Names and Numbers Kickapoo Creek in Henderson County, 0605A; Neches River Above Lake Palestine, 0606; Prairie Creek, 0606A; Mud Creek, 0611C; and West Mud Creek, 0611D.
Counties Henderson, Van Zandt, Smith, Cherokee
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 recommendation on recreational use. The TCEQ recommended the contact recreation use on Kickapoo Creek in Henderson County, Neches River Above Lake Palestine, and West Mud Creek remain primary contact recreation. The TCEQ recommended the contact recreation use on Prairie Creek and Mud Creek should be revised to secondary contact recreation 1. This use change was included in the 2018 Texas Surface Water Quality Standards. The recommendations can be found here:

Final Outcome

The following recreation use changes are awaiting EPA approval:

  • Prairie Creek
  • Mud Creek

The TCEQ is retaining the primary contact recreation use on Kickapoo Creek in Henderson County, Neches River Above Lake Palestine, and West Mud Creek.

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Project Report

The RUAA for Kickapoo Creek in Henderson County, Neches River Above Lake Palestine, Prairie Creek, Mud Creek, and West Mud Creek is available for download. The report is in PDF. Approximate file size is shown in parentheses.

For More Information

Additional information on the project is available at the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board’s project websiteExit the TCEQ

E-mail us at standards@tceq.texas.gov or see contact information for staff members.

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