What is the BIG?
The Bacteria Implementation Group (BIG) is a thirty-one-member committee that has developed and is overseeing implementation of a plan, or I-Plan, to remedy high levels of bacteria in waterways identified inTotal Maximum Daily Load projects in the Houston Region. Activities of the BIG are open to all interested parties, and people are encouraged to attend meetings and participate in the various water quality issues pertinent to the I-Plan. The I-Plan is a common-sense approach for reducing bacteria levels in our waterways and providing better services to citizens. However, for the plan to work, we need your help. With everyone pitching in together, we will reduce bacteria levels in our waterways.
The BIG I-Plan
On August 16, 2011, the Bacteria Implementation Group approved the draft I-Plan for the purpose of submitting it to the TCEQ for consideration. As of May 2012, almost 100 organizations representing local governments, business, and environmental interests have passed resolutions in support of the Implementation Plan. On January 30, 2013, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) formally approved the BIG's I-Plan officially known as the
Implementation Plan for Seventy-Two Total Maximum Daily Loads for Bacteria in the Houston-Galveston Region
To request printed copies, please contact:
Next Meeting - Annual Meeting
May 27, 2014
H-GAC offices, Conference Room A
October 15, 2013
May 14, 2013
Visit our meeting archive page to find notes and materials from past meetings.
On November 18, 2008, the BIG established workgroups to address specific water quality issues pertinent to the I-Plan. The workgroups recommended content for the BIG I-Plan, assess progress on implementation, and recommend changes to the I-Plan and possible action for the BIG. All interested parties are welcome and encouraged to participate in one or more workgroups. Notes from past meetings can be found on each workgroup page. Please use the navigation on the left to access each workgroup.
BIG Workgroup Meetings in Preparation of the 2014 Annual Meeting
Meeting materials, including agendas, handouts, and meeting notes are available on the respective workgroup pages.