Overview

The Texas Clean Rivers Program works to ensure safe, clean water supplies for the future of Texas - for drinking water needs, for industry, for irrigation, for recreation, for healthy ecosystems and for all other uses.

Regionally, the Houston-Galveston Area County Clean Rivers Program is the state-designated lead assessment agency for the San Jacinto River Basin, the Trinity-San Jacinto Coastal Basin, the San Jacinto-Brazos Coastal Basin and the Brazos-Colorado Coastal Basin. H-GAC oversees all aspects of the Clean River Program in these basins and is responsible for the following tasks:

  • Project Administration

  • Quality Assurance

  • Water Quality Monitoring

  • Data Management

  • Data Analysis and Reporting

  • Stakeholder Participation and Public Outreach

The Basin Summary Report also complements the TCEQ's Integrated Report and provides a check for the 303(d) (impaired waters) list. The State's Integrated Report, completed every two years, provides an assessment of waters throughout the state. Not all streams are assessed in every report. Streams that are not in compliance with their state-designated standards or uses are placed on the 303(d) list by the TCEQ. This local process provides for a more detailed review of the local monitoring data and a better understanding of local conditions.

Objectives of the Clean Rivers Program

  • Identify high-priority water quality problem areas to focus resources and future studies.

  • Conduct comprehensive assessments to ensure a broad range of pollution threats are considered.

  • Provide water quality information to TCEQ, other agencies, river authorities, local governments and the public.

  • Develop a cooperative partnership between river authorities, other regional entities, local governments, state agencies, private industry, conservation organizations and other local interests to identify and address water quality problems more efficiently.

  • Involve citizens and private organizations in water protection efforts through a grass roots approach.

  • Review water quality information already assembled by various agencies and identify where data is lacking and more effort is needed.

  • Evaluate whether perceived water quality problems are legitimate concerns by applying scientific methods and using available data to reach meaningful conclusions about potential environmental and public health risks.

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