The Texas Water Resources Institute, or TWRI, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, or TCEQ, and the Angelina and Neches River Authority will host an online meeting on July 17 for anyone interested in water quality impairments in Jack, Cedar, Hurricane and Biloxi creeks.
The four water bodies are tributaries of the Neches River below Lake Palestine.
There is no cost to register for the meeting, which will begin at 10 a.m.
Anna Gitter, research assistant for the institute, College Station, said specific portions of Cedar, Hurricane, Jack and Biloxi creeks are currently unable to meet state water quality standards for contact recreation and have been identified by the state as impaired for elevated concentrations of bacteria, such as E. coli.
“E. coli is found in both human and animal waste and may indicate a health risk to people who swim or wade in the streams,” Gitter said.
She said the meeting will initiate a stakeholder-driven process to develop a plan to restore and protect the local water resources and share findings from current work on the technical support document.
“The planning process will help develop a road map for improving water quality,” she said. “Such efforts will help develop measures to reduce pollution in the watershed.”
Gitter said current work in these watersheds is assessing the extent and potential causes of water quality issues to support future efforts to improve water quality.
“Input and guidance from local stakeholders are a key part of developing future solutions,” she said.
The TCEQ website has additional information on water quality standards and monitoring.