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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.

County: Jefferson
Parameter: Bacteria
Basin: Neches-Trinity Coastal
Segment: 0704

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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 Hillebrandt Bayou (Segment 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 have been 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.

UPDATE Public Meetings

August 22, 2019
3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m (two identical meetings)

Cattail Marsh Wetlands Education Center
4233 Babe Zaharias Drive
Beaumont 77705

At the meeting, the project team will discuss water quality issues impacting the Neches River Tidal (Segment 0601) and Hillebrandt Bayou (Segment 0704). Input and guidance from local stakeholders are a key part of developing future solutions.

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For More Information

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

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