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Chambers County
Double Bayou Watershed Partnership
News Release
Monday, December 02, 2013

Locals Meet to Address Local Water Quality Concerns

The fourth general public meeting of the Double Bayou Watershed Partnership will review the results of workgroup meetings where local stakeholders identified potential sources of pollution in Double Bayou.  This public meeting is being held Tuesday, December 10, 2013, from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM at the Double Bayou Community Building, located at 2211 Eagle Ferry Road in Double Bayou, TX.  Everyone who lives, works, or plays within the watershed is encouraged to come to this public meeting, even if they haven’t attended before. 

Since, May 21, 2013, local stakeholders – made up of residents, business owners, ranchers, farmers, and government representatives – have been meeting to consider ways that they can help protect the waters of Double Bayou – including both the East and West forks..   

“At the last Double Bayou public meeting, stakeholders signed up for different workgroups to look into how the quality of water in Double Bayou can be improved,” said Brian Koch, Regional Watershed Coordinator for the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board. “Those workgroups include:  agriculture/wildlife/feral hog, septic systems/wastewater, and recreation/hunting.  These groups have met over the past couple of weeks to address potential pollution sources from these activities, and at the December 10 public meeting, we will give a summary of the workgroup meetings and invite others to comment.”

“The workgroups provide an opportunity for the stakeholders to take a deeper look at potential sources of water pollution in the watershed and then develop strategies and best management practices that will work best for the local community,” said Linda Shead, Double Bayou Watershed Coordinator.

These meetings are part of a project to develop a watershed protection plan for Double Bayou.  Why a watershed protection plan?  That’s because a watershed is an area of land that catches the rain and then drains into a bayou, river, creek, lake, or bay.  In fact, all land is part of a watershed, and everyone lives in a watershed.  Any serious discussion of water protection has to begin with the watershed, because what happens on the land surrounding the water body affects the water quality.

As rainwater drains from parking lots, yards, rooftops, and fields, it carries sediment and sometimes pollutants. This type of water pollution is difficult to address since it doesn’t have a single source or pipe that can be identified. The watershed protection planning process is a stakeholder-driven process designed to generate information, ideas, and solutions from within the watershed. By using information that stakeholders provide, combining it with water quality data and scientific models, the Double Bayou Watershed Partnership will develop a set of custom recommendations and best management practices for the watershed.

 If you live, work or play in the communities of Oak Island, Anahuac, or Double Bayou, or anywhere on the lands marked on the accompanying map, you are in the Double Bayou watershed. The Double Bayou watershed starts in southern Liberty County and drains to the East and West forks of Double Bayou, which join at the southern part of the watershed and discharge into Trinity Bay at Oak Island. The total watershed area is 61,445 acres (about 98 square miles.

Visit the Double Bayou Watershed Partnership website at www.doublebayou.org for more information and to find meeting notes from previous meetings, as well as other documents that give more background on the project. For questions or a more detailed overview of the first meetings, contact Linda Shead at 713-703-1123 or linda.shead@sheadconservation.com.

The Double Bayou Watershed Partnership is coordinated by The Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) and the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC). TSSWCB administers Texas’ soil and water conservation law and delivers coordinated natural resource conservation programs through the State’s 216 soil and water conservation districts. The Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board is the lead agency for planning, implementing, and managing programs for preventing and abating agricultural and silvicultural nonpoint sources of water pollution. The agency also administers a water supply enhancement program for the targeted control of water-depleting brush; works to ensure the State’s network of 2,000 flood control dams are protecting lives and property; and facilitates the Texas Invasive Species Coordinating Committee.

The Houston Advanced Research Center is a research hub providing independent analysis on energy, air, and water issues to people seeking scientific answers. We are focused on building a sustainable future that helps people thrive and nature flourish.





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