More than 80 percent of stream miles within the Houston-Galveston region currently fail to meet one or more state water quality standards or screening criteria. The region’s projected population growth will continue to strain the health of local waterways.
The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) Clean Rivers Program, in partnership with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, is pleased to announce the release of the 2018 Basin Highlights Report outlining the state of water quality in the region.
The 2018 report includes the status and trends of water quality in the Houston Ship Channel/Buffalo Bayou Tidal and Chocolate Bayou watersheds. It includes detailed data analysis, trends, and recommendations for improving and protecting water quality in the Clean Rivers Program region, and an overview of Clean Rivers Program projects and activities.
View the report in an interactive story map format.
Since 1991, the Texas Clean Rivers Program has provided a framework for addressing water quality issues through an all-inclusive watershed approach. In partnership with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and local water authorities, the Clean Rivers Program manages and conducts water quality monitoring, evaluation, and public outreach to improve water quality throughout the state.
The Houston-Galveston Area Council is a voluntary association of local governments in the 13-county Gulf Coast Planning Region—an area of 12,500 square miles and more than 7 million people. H-GAC works to promote efficient and accountable use of local, state, and federal tax dollars and serves as a problem-solving and information forum for local government needs.