Middle Neches River Tributaries

Hurricane Creek, Middle Neches River. Photo courtesy of ANRA
Hurricane Creek, Middle Neches River. Photo courtesy of ANRA

The Middle Neches River Basin includes portions of Cherokee, Angelina, Houston, Trinity, Polk and Tyler counties. Within this area, portions of four adjacent creeks that originate around the City of Lufkin and flow south into the Neches River are consider impaired due to elevated E. coli concentrations. These four creeks are Biloxi, Cedar, Hurricane and Jack Creeks and each has experienced intermittently high E. coli concentrations in recent years.

Through this project, TWRI is investigating current water quality in the watershed through an integrated assessment of existing watershed and water quality data, collection and water quality data analysis, and local watershed stakeholder engagement. We will identify and establish a baseline pollutant source understanding and quantify existing pollutant loads and define load reductions needed to achieve applicable water quality standards.


  • Evaluate existing data to describe potential causes and sources of pollution in the watershed
  • Work with the Angelina & Neches River Authority (ANRA) to supplement existing water quality and quantity data through targeted intensive surface water quality monitoring
  • Develop and maintain a successful public participation program, including a general education campaign and stakeholder group
  • Establish a working stakeholder group and lead them in the development of a local plan to improve and restore instream water quality

Lucas Gregory

Dr. Lucas Gregory currently serves as an assistant director and quality assurance officer for TWRI.


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Institute works with partners to improve water quality in East Texas

The Texas Water Resources Institute, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Angelina and Neches River Authority will host a meeting Nov. 22 in Lufkin for anyone interested in water quality impairments in Jack, Cedar, Hurricane and Biloxi creeks, tributaries of the Neches River below Lake Palestine.

The Texas Water Resources Institute in collaboration with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will host two meetings Nov. 21 in Woodville and Jasper for anyone interested in joining a partnership to improve and protect water quality in the Sandy and Wolf creeks.

A Texas Watershed Steward workshop on water quality related to the Neches River will be held from 1-5 p.m. May 21 in Jasper. The workshop will be held at the Jasper County Courthouse Annex, 271 E. Lamar St. It will be presented by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board in cooperation with the Texas Water Resources Institute.

    Upcoming Meetings

    There are no upcoming events

    Project Contacts

    Lucas Gregory, Assistant Director
    (979) 845-7869

    Anna Gitter, Research Specialist I
    (979) 458-5962

    Funding provided by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.