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Houston-Galveston Area Council
News Release
Friday, September 15, 2017


The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) is pleased to announce the San Bernard Watershed Protection Plan (WPP) has been approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), accepted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and is ready to move forward with plan implementation.

The San Bernard River does not meet the state water quality standard for contact recreation due to elevated levels of fecal waste in the water, representing an increased risk of illness for people using the river for recreational activities. The WPP identifies sources of pollution in the watershed, and recommends voluntary measures based on priorities established by stakeholders for improving water quality in the project area.

“Project stakeholders really drove this effort,” said Justin Bower, H-GAC Project Manager. “We’ve been really fortunate to work with such a dedicated group. H-GAC looks forward to finding opportunities for continued collaboration with our local partners as the plan is implemented.”

Many stakeholders contributed to the development of the WPP and have already begun implementation activities. The Friends of the River San Bernard have been active in resident education and outreach activities. Local agricultural agencies provided educational opportunities for landowners and agricultural producers, and maintenance courses for homeowners with on-site sewage systems. Brazoria County is working to secure RESTORE Act funding to reopen the mouth of the San Bernard. 

Learn more about the project and view the approved San Bernard River Watershed Protection Plan at or contact Justin Bower at

or 713-499-6653.


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. Funding for the development of this project was provided by an American Reinvestment and Recovery Act grant, a 319(h) Clean Water Act grant from the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, Clean Water Act 604(b) funding from the TCEQ, and matching funds from H-GAC.

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