A general website link at TCEQ
for overall information about the Texas â€śrecreational
use attainability analysesâ€ť (RUAA)
Project and other stream segments under
study is as follows: click here
â€˘ One TCEQ document of interest to people wanting
more in-depth information about the conduct of
a recreational use attainability analysis is a May
2009 set of procedures that explains the process. That
document may be found by following the more specific
link under â€śEvaluating Appropriate Recreational Usesâ€ť on the website page
March 9, 2010
Have You Recreated in a Texas Stream Lately?
And Does TCEQ Know about It?
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
has a project underway to conduct a series of â€śrecreational
use attainability analysesâ€ť (RUAAs) on numerous water
bodies in north central and east Texas (these regions
are broadly defined). Research organizations are doing
much of this work under contract to TCEQ.
The results of these recreational use studies will be
critical in determining what standards for bacterial
water pollution are set for individual streams.
no evidence of recreation is found in or on certain
streams, then those streams may not be classified as
â€ścontact recreationâ€ť streams, and their standards for
bacterial pollution likely will be weakened.
if a stream you care about it is being studied as part
of this TCEQ project, you need to make sure that any
information you have about recreation related to that
stream gets conveyed to the project researchers!
Many people are concerned that the RUAA project is part
of an overall effort from TCEQ to lower water quality
standards for a large number of streams in Texas so
that they no longer qualify to be on the list of polluted
waters that require major clean-up plans.
not that is the motivation for this project, Texans
who want to continue to be able to recreate in our
streams and rivers and want those water bodies to be
as clean as possible need to be attentive to whatâ€™s
happening and make their voices heard.
Some Streams under Review Part of this project is a study of five stream segments
being conducted by the Environmental Institute of Houston
(EIH) at the University of Houston-Clear Lake under
contract to TCEQ. Those segments are as follows:
â€˘ Brushy Creek Segment 1244 (which runs from near Rockdale
through Round Rock to Cedar Park north of Austin);
â€˘ Caney Creek Above Tidal Segment 1305 (from near Wharton
to southeast of Bay City); â€˘ Dickinson Bayou Above
Tidal Segment 1104 (Galveston County); â€˘ San Bernard
River Above Tidal Segment 1302 (from northwest of Sealy
to near the coast); â€˘ Navasota River Segment 1209 and
several other stream segments within the Navasota River
watershed (Navasota River from Lake Limestone to south
of Navasota where it flows into the Brazos River).
Public meetings for these five studies have already
been held, but there is still
time to provide written input to the researchers about recreational use of
these various bodies of water.
about each of these five studies and survey forms that
may be completed and returned to the survey team at
EIH may be obtained from
Jenny Wrast, Senior Environmental
Research Associate, EIH at
firstname.lastname@example.org (phone: 281-283-3947).