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Montgomery County
Houston-Galveston Area Council
News Release
Monday, February 27, 2017

Partnership to Discuss Sources of Pollution in West Fork San Jacinto River and Lake Creek

The West Fork Watersheds Partnership will hold a public meeting from 5:30–7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 9, at the San Jacinto River Authority offices, 1577 Dam Site Road, Conroe.

Project staff 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 at the meeting will focus on reviewing results of pollutant source modeling by stakeholders and the project team. Local residents, businesses, governments, community organizations, and other stakeholders are invited to take part in the ongoing process.

The West Fork San Jacinto River and parts of its tributary Lake Creek in Montgomery and Grimes counties have been identified by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality 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.

“Stakeholders have been invaluable in building a deeper understanding of sources of pollution in the watershed,” said Justin Bower, Senior Environmental Planner at the Houston-Galveston Area Council. “The modeling results we’ll be reviewing at the meeting are part of our effort to help local communities make informed decisions about how to address water quality challenges.”

More information about the partnership and watershed protection plan can be found at

For more information, contact Justin Bower at (713) 499-6653 or at

Houston-Galveston Area Council
The Houston-Galveston Area Council ( 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 (TCEQ) through a Clean Water Act §319(h) grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and matching funds from TCEQ’s Galveston Bay Estuary Program.

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