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Hillebrandt Bayou: A Community Project to Protect Recreational Uses

A project to reduce bacteria and protect recreational safety in Hillebrandt Bayou. The stakeholders and TCEQ are developing a total maximum daily load (TMDL) and implementation plan (I-Plan), which together will be the road map for improving water quality.

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Hillebrandt Bayou

County: Jefferson
Parameter: Bacteria
Basin: Neches-Trinity Coastal
Segment: 0704
Assessment Unit (AU): 0704_02

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Background and Goals

The Hillebrandt Bayou watershed lies in the gulf coast region of east Texas in the Neches-Trinity Coastal Basin. The city of Beaumont, in Jefferson County, encompasses nearly all of the watershed.

High concentrations of bacteria, which are found in both human and animal waste, have been observed in the upstream portion of Hillebrandt Bayou (AU 0704_02). The presence of these bacteria may indicate a health risk to people who swim or wade in the bayou—activities referred to as “contact recreation” in the Texas Surface Water Quality Standards.

The goal of this project is to improve water quality in order to protect recreational uses. Toward that goal, the TCEQ and stakeholders are developing a TMDL and an I-Plan to reduce bacteria in Hillebrandt Bayou.

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Get Involved

Staff from the Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) are working with communities, interest groups, and local organizations to distribute information about this project and involve stakeholders in developing the I-Plan for watershed improvement. All public meetings about this project are open to anyone interested. Watch for meeting announcements here and on the TWRI websiteExit the TCEQ.

Meeting Records

photo of stakeholders at August 2019 meeting photo of presenter and stakeholders

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For More Information

Please send an e-mail to, and mention the Hillebrandt Bayou bacteria project in the subject line. Or call us at 512-239-6682.

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