Portions of waterways within the Cedar Bayou Watershed, located in Haris, Chambers and Liberty counties, are impaired for recreational and aquatic use. This means, some waterbodies exhibited bacteria levels that exceed the acceptable state standards for contact recreation, including swimming and wading.. Some waterbodies are also impaired by high nutrient levels and low levels of dissolved oxygen. This means those waterbodies may not be able to support aquatic life, such as fish, frogs and turtles.
To determine what is causing the water quality problems in Cedar Bayou Watershed and come up with a plan to restore the waterbodies to a higher quality,community partners are developing a watershed protection plan.
Responsibilities of the Project Sponsors
Project sponsors are responsible for a variety of tasks throughout the planning and implementation stages of the development of a Watershed Protection Plan for Cedar Bayou.
The Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board will serve as the state project manager and coordinate all activities between the project partners and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
The Houston-Galveston Area Council will serve as the local project manager and will facilitate the planning process with project partners, other stakeholders and watershed residents. H-GAC will also coordinate continued water quality monitoring and analysis in the watershed.
Texas Stream Team will provide water quality sampling support as a screening tool (though not official data) and will help coordinate public outreach opportunities.
The Texas AgriLife Extension Service – Department of Soil and Crop Science will support educational efforts, including delivering a TWSP workshop.
Friends of Cedar Bayou United will support the planning process through public outreach and education as a successful grass-roots organization organized by Cedar Bayou Watershed residents.
The Galveston Bay Estuary Program will provide financial support, outreach efforts, coordination with local stakeholder and community groups, water quality testing and staff support.
The Texas Conservation Fund will continue to provide oversight and assistance with Trash Bash, an annual waterway clean up event, as an effective public outreach and education tool for generating involvement and awareness.
The Texas Clean Rivers Program will complete water quality sampling and analysis for testing sites, assist in the development of a QAPP and provide staff support from the H-GAC program.