Double Bayou Watershed Partnership to Hold 12th General Meeting

DOUBLE BAYOU, September 3, 2015 - The Double Bayou Watershed Partnership will hold its twelfth general stakeholder meeting on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. The meeting will be held at the Double Bayou Community Building, located at 2211 Eagle Ferry Road, in Double Bayou, Texas. Registration will begin at 5:00pm, and refreshments will be served at that time.

Anyone who lives, works, or plays within the watershed is encouraged to attend, whether or not they have attended a meeting before.

At this meeting, stakeholders will learn about the Galveston Bay Report Card, which describes the health of Galveston Bay. Details about the report card may be found here:  http://galvbaygrade.org/

New Double Bayou science results will also be presented, on tidal mixing and bacteria loads, followed by discussion.

“Tidal mixing” refers to the interaction between the tidal waters from Trinity Bay with the freshwater in Double Bayou. The process of tidal mixing can be analyzed to better understand the exchange of bacteria loads through each tidal cycle.

“Bacteria load” refers to the total amount of bacteria coming through the bayou at particular places, calculated as number of bacteria per unit of time.  The load depends on both the bacteria concentration found in the water and the amount of water flow.  Understanding the potential bacteria loads helps clarify what needs to be done to make the water safer and meet water quality standards. 

Finally, the meeting will continue a focus on stakeholder input for the Watershed Protection Plan for Double Bayou. Participants will have an opportunity to review and comment on two draft chapters addressing:  Water Quality and Implementation. Presentation of the draft content of the remaining chapter will also be provided, on Pollution Sources and Loads, as well as the human history section for the State of the Watershed chapter.

Draft chapters of the Double Bayou Watershed Protection Plan are available for review on the Double Bayou website: http://www.doublebayou.org/wpp-document/.   Comments are welcome!

The September 15 meeting will continue the project with stakeholders in the Double Bayou Watershed to develop a watershed protection plan that will improve and protect water quality within the watershed. Since May 2013, stakeholders have formed workgroups to discuss specific topics and how they affect the watershed. The watershed protection planning process is a voluntary, stakeholder-driven process designed to generate information, ideas, and solutions from within the watershed.

Visit the Double Bayou Watershed Partnership website at www.doublebayou.org for more information and to find meeting notes from previous meetings, as well as other documents that give more background on the project. For questions or a more detailed overview of the first meetings, contact Linda Shead at 713-703-1123 or linda.shead@sheadconservation.com.

The Double Bayou Watershed Partnership is coordinated by The Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB), the Galveston Bay Estuary Program (GBEP), and the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC).  

TSSWCB administers Texas’ soil and water conservation law and delivers coordinated natural resource conservation programs through the State’s 216 soil and water conservation districts.  TSSWCB is the lead agency for planning, implementing, and managing programs for preventing and abating agricultural and silvicultural nonpoint sources of water pollution. The agency also administers a water supply enhancement program for the targeted control of water-depleting brush; works to ensure the State’s network of 2,000 flood control dams are protecting lives and property; and facilitates the Texas Invasive Species Coordinating Committee.

GBEP is providing some of the funding towards the Double Bayou Watershed Protection Plan.  The Galveston Bay Estuary Program, a non-regulatory program administered by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, is one of 28 National Estuary Programs in the U.S. under the Environmental Protection Agency, and is charged with coordinating and facilitating partnerships to implement The Galveston Bay Plan.

HARC is a research hub providing independent analysis on energy, air, and water issues to people seeking scientific answers. HARC is focused on building a sustainable future that helps people thrive and nature flourish.


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