Stakeholder Meeting for Middle Neches Water Quality Planning

Stakeholder Meeting for Middle Neches Water Quality Planning

The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) and the Angelina and Neches River Authority (ANRA) will host an online meeting on November 30 for anyone interested in improving and protecting water quality in Jack, Cedar, Hurricane and Biloxi creeks, tributaries of the Neches River below Lake Palestine.

This meeting will be held online at 2 p.m. Participants interested in joining the meeting online can register here: Tributaries of the Neches River Below Lake Palestine Meeting.

Anna Gitter, research specialist for the institute, said specific portions of the four water bodies, which include Cedar Creek, (segment 0604A), Hurricane Creek (segment 0604B), Jack Creek (segment 0604C) and Biloxi Creek (segment 0604M), fail to meet the state water quality standards for contact recreation. The state has identified these water bodies as impaired for elevated concentrations of bacteria, such as E. coli, which is found in both human and animal waste and may indicate a health risk to people who recreate in those streams.

Gitter said the meeting will continue the stakeholder-driven process to develop a plan to restore and protect the local water resources and share findings from current work on the technical support document.

“The planning process will help develop a road map for improving water quality,” she said. “Such efforts will help develop measures to reduce pollution in the watershed.”

Carla Ethridge, Clean Rivers Program manager at the Angelina and Neches River Authority, said that the current work in these watersheds to assess the extent and potential causes of water quality issues helps to support efforts to improve water quality in these water bodies in the future.

“To improve the water quality of these creeks, we need input and guidance from local stakeholders,” she said.

For more information on water quality standards and monitoring, visit Preserving and Improving Water Quality on TCEQ’s website. For more information on the project, visit TWRI’s project page or contact Gitter at anna.gitter@ag.tamu.edu.

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