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Montgomery County
Houston-Galveston Area Council
News Release
Tuesday, May 09, 2017

WEST FORK WATERSHEDS PARTNERSHIP TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING
Partnership to Discuss Sources of Pollution in West Fork San Jacinto River and Lake Creek

The West Fork Watersheds Partnership (Partnership) will hold a public meeting from 5:30–7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 11, at the Montgomery County South Regional Library, 2101 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands.

Project staff will discuss water quality challenges in the West Fork San Jacinto River and Lake Creek and the voluntary watershed protection plan project designed to address them. Discussion at this meeting will focus on finalizing bacteria reduction goals and considering possible voluntary solutions. Local residents, businesses, governments, community organizations, and other stakeholders are invited to take part in the ongoing effort.

The West Fork San Jacinto River and parts of its tributary Lake Creek in Montgomery and Grimes counties have been identified by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) as failing to meet state water quality standards. One of the primary impairments is elevated levels of bacteria, which may be harmful to human health and recreational economies.

“Local knowledge and decision making has been invaluable in directing this project,” said Justin Bower, Senior Environmental Planner at the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC). “As we talk about voluntary solutions to water quality issues, local guidance is crucial to ensuring outcomes meet community needs.”

More information about the partnership and watershed protection plan can be found at www.westforkwpp.com.  

For more information, contact Justin Bower at (713) 499-6653 or at Justin.Bower@h-gac.com.

Houston-Galveston Area Council

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 West Fork Watersheds Partnership is funded by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) through a Clean Water Act §319(h) grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and matching funds from the Galveston Bay Estuary Program of the TCEQ.




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