Public meeting about water quality to be held November 22, 2019

November 1, 2019

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the Texas Water Resources Institute, and the Angelina & Neches River Authority request that you save the date to attend an informational meeting regarding water quality impairments in specific tributaries of the Neches River below Lake Palestine, including Jack, Cedar, Hurricane and Biloxi Creeks (Segments 0604A, 0604B, 0604C and 0604M).

The meeting will be held at 10am on Friday November 22, 2019 at the Texas Forestry Association in Lufkin.
(1903 Atkinson Dr. Lufkin, TX 75901)

At the meeting, the project team will discuss water quality issues impacting the tributaries of the Neches River below Lake Palestine. High concentrations of bacteria, which are found in both human and animal waste, may indicate a health risk to people who swim or wade in the water body—activities called “contact recreation” in the state’s standards for water quality.

This meeting will initiate a stakeholder driven process to develop a plan to restore and protect local water resources. The planning process can result in a total maximum daily load (TMDL), a watershed protection plan (WPP), or both. Regardless of the approach selected by stakeholders, the plan will be a road map for improving water quality and will outline the measures that will be used to reduce pollution.

The four water bodies are currently unable to meet state water quality standards for contact recreation. Current work in these watersheds is assessing the extent and potential causes of water quality issues in support of future efforts to improve water quality. Input and guidance from local stakeholders are a key part of developing future solutions.

Please contact TCEQ or TWRI with any questions you have about the meeting, these specific projects, or general water quality issues related to the tributaries of the Neches River below Lake Palestine. We hope you’ll consider participating in the meeting scheduled for November 22nd.  Learn more about water quality standards, monitoring, TMDLs, and WPPs by reading Preserving and Improving Water Quality, available on TCEQ’s website at www.tceq.texas.gov/goto/tmdl/.

Please feel free to share the meeting and project information with others as needed.

TCEQ Contact:
Dania Grundmann
(512) 239-3449
dania.grundmann@tceq.texas.gov

TWRI Contact:
Anna Gitter
(979) 458-5962
Anna.gitter@ag.tamu.edu

ANRA Contact:
Carla Ethridge
(936) 632-7795
cethridge@anra.org