WEST FORK WATERSHEDS PARTNERSHIP TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETINGS
Partnership to Discuss Sources of Fecal Bacteria Pollution in West Fork San Jacinto River and Lake Creek
The West Fork Watersheds Partnership (Partnership) will hold a series of Work Group meetings on Wednesday, November 16, at the Montgomery County Central Library, 104 I-45 North, Conroe. The meeting schedule is as follows:
· the Agriculture, Wildlife, and Invasives Work Group at 1p.m.
· the Human Wastewater Work Group at 2:30 p.m.
· the Urban Sources Work Group at 4 p.m.
Stakeholders who are not able to attend the meetings during the day are invited to an Open Workshop at 5:30 p.m. All meetings are open to the public.
Work Group discussions will focus on identifying and characterizing sources of fecal bacteria pollution. The Work Groups are part of a broader approach to address water quality challenges in the West Fork San Jacinto River and Lake Creek. 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 in Montgomery and Grimes counties fail to meet state water quality standards. One of the primary impairments is elevated levels of fecal bacteria, which may be harmful to human health and recreational economies.
“The Work Group meetings are a way to focus our discussions on specific bacteria sources,” said Justin Bower, Senior Environmental Planner at the Houston-Galveston Area Council. “We rely strongly on local knowledge and insight to guide our computer modeling efforts and ensure our results are as accurate as possible.”
Information about the Partnership and watershed protection plan can be found at www.westforkwpp.com.
For more information, contact Justin Bower at (713) 499-6653 or at Justin.Bower@h-gac.com.
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. The West Fork Watersheds Partnership is funded by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality through a Clean Water Act §319(h) grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.