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Brazoria County
Houston-Galveston Area Council
News Release
Monday, July 17, 2017

Stakeholders to develop plan to address bacteria levels in area waterways

A meeting to discuss the San Jacinto-Brazos Coastal Basin (Basin 11) Bacteria Reduction Project will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, August 10, at the Brazoria County Public Library-Alvin Branch, 105 S. Gordon Street, Alvin.

The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) needs stakeholder input to create a plan to address the bacteria impairment in Chocolate Bayou. The meeting is open to residents, businesses, governments, community organizations, and other stakeholders interested in taking part in the ongoing effort.

H-GAC conducted a review of Basin 11 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 create a Total Maximum Daily Load Technical Support Document, which identified water quality impairments in Chocolate Bayou.

H-GAC staff will present the results of the report and discuss watershed management tools, and options available to residents, businesses, and governments to reduce the impairments.

Basin 11 includes all or a portion of 50 cities, villages, census-designated places, and four counties (Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston, and Harris).

Information about the project and a project map can be found at

For more information, contact Steven Johnston at (832) 681-2579 or at

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, H-GAC will provide for reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities attending H-GAC functions. Individuals requiring language interpretation or those with special communication needs should contact Steven Johnston at (832) 681-2579 or at

Houston-Galveston Area Council

The Houston-Galveston Area Council ( 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 San Jacinto-Brazos Coastal Basin Project is funded by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality under authorization from the TMDL Program.

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