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News Release
Friday, September 30, 2016

WEST FORK WATERSHEDS PARTNERSHIP TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING
Partnership to Discuss Sources of Pollution in West Fork San Jacinto River and Lake Creek

The West Fork Watersheds Partnership (Partnership) will host a public meeting from 5:30–7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 6, at the San Jacinto River Authority offices at 1577 Dam Site Road, Conroe.

Project staff from the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) will discuss water quality challenges in the West Fork San Jacinto River and Lake Creek and the voluntary watershed protection plan project designed to address them. The discussion will focus on identifying and characterizing sources of pollution. Local residents, businesses, governments, community organizations, and other stakeholders are invited to take part in the ongoing effort.. 

The West Fork San Jacinto River and parts of its tributary Lake Creek have been identified by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) as failing to meet state water quality standards. One of the primary impairments is elevated levels of bacteria, which may be harmful to human health and recreational economies. These watersheds are located in Montgomery and Grimes counties.

“Identifying the sources of pollution is a crucial first step in improving the water quality of our communities’ waterways,” said Justin Bower, Senior Environmental Planner at H-GAC. “We rely strongly on local knowledge and insight to guide our computer modeling efforts and ensure our results are as accurate as possible.”

More information about the Partnership and watershed protection plan can be found at www.westforkwpp.com.  

Light refreshments will be served at the meeting.

For more information, contact Justin Bower at (713) 499-6653 or at Justin.Bower@h-gac.com.

The West Fork Watersheds Partnership is funded by the TCEQ through a Clean Water Act §319(h) grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Houston-Galveston Area Council
The Houston-Galveston Area Council (www.h-gac.com) 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. This workshop series is being funded in part through a Clean Water Act grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.




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