Public meeting planned on Brazos-Colorado Coastal Basin project

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A meeting to discuss the Brazos-Colorado Coastal Basin (Basin 13) Bacteria Reduction Project will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Wharton County Public Library-Main Branch, 1920 North Fulton, Wharton. The meeting is open to residents, businesses, governments, community organizations, and other stakeholders interested in taking part in the ongoing effort.

The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) conducted a review of Basin 13 and collected environmental data in Caney Creek to better understand sources of bacteria and the nature of water quality impairments. The information collected, along with water quality monitoring data, was used to revise a Basin Characterization Report.

The report presents data and makes recommendations for reducing bacteria levels in the project area. It will now be used to develop a voluntary plan to reduce bacteria levels across the basin, specifically reducing bacteria levels in Caney Creek Tidal, Linnville Bayou, and Caney Creek Above Tidal. During this meeting, H-GAC will work with stakeholders to determine the type of voluntary plan most appropriate for Basin 13 and create a coordination committee to guide the effort.

Basin 13 includes all or a portion of 20 cities, villages, and census-designated places in six counties (Austin, Brazoria, Colorado, Fort Bend, Matagorda, and Wharton).

Information about the project and a project map can be found at www.h-gac.com/go/basin13.

For more information, contact Steven Johnston at (832) 681-2579 or at Steven.Johnston@h-gac.com.

The Houston-Galveston Area Council (www.h-gac.com) is a voluntary association of local governments in the 13-county Gulf Coast Planning Region — an area of 12,500 square miles and more than 6 million people. H-GAC works to promote efficient and accountable use of local, state, and federal tax dollars and serves as a problem-solving and information forum for local government needs. The Brazos-Colorado Coastal Basin Project is funded by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality under authorization from the TMDL Program.

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