Over 2.2 million Texas homes and businesses depend on septic systems, but these can cause human health and water quality problems if they aren’t working right. Read more to learn ways to find potential funding aid for repairing or replacing failing systems.
The Attoyac Bayou watershed has been considered impaired due to elevated E. coli concentrations that routinely exceed state water quality standards since 2000.
In 2009, stakeholders formed the Attoyac Bayou Watershed Partnership and developed the Attoyac Bayou Watershed Protection Plan to address these E. coli impairments. TWRI published the plan in July 2014. This plan includes management recommendations for E. coli sources that are practical and acceptable to stakeholders.
TWRI, Angelina & Neches River Authority, Pineywoods Resource Conservation & Development and Stephen F. Austin State University continue to engage with local stakeholders to raise their awareness of these issues and work with them to develop local solutions to improve water quality and watershed health.
Stakeholder Watershed Goals
- Meet designated water quality standards set by the State of Texas for the Attoyac Bayou
- Improve local awareness and understanding of local water quality concerns
- Encourage voluntary adoption of practices that improve water quality through better watershed stewardship
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Emily Monroe, a program specialist for TWRI, works with local stakeholders to develop plans for restoring and protecting water resources, including securing funding to implement projects.
TR-522 Attoyac Bayou Watershed Protection Plan – On-site Sewage Facility Remediation
Emily Monroe, Lucas Gregory, Jeremiah Poling, Ken Awtrey
TR-521 Attoyac Bayou Watershed Protection Plan and Monitoring Implementation Effectiveness Final Report
Emily Monroe, Lucas Gregory, Matthew McBroom, Jeremiah Poling
TR-458 Attoyac Bayou Watershed Protection Plan
L. Gregory, N. Boitnott, A. Castilaw
TR-456 Attoyac Bayou Bacterial Source Tracking Report
E. Martin, T. Gentry
TR-455 Attoyac Bayou GIS Inventory, Source Survey and Land Use Cover Report
N. Boitnott, A. Castilaw, L. Gregory, K. Wagner
TR-454 Modeling support for the Attoyac Bayou bacteria assessment using SELECT
K. Borel, L. Gregory, R. Karthikeyan
TR-453 Modeling support for the Attoyac Bayou assessment using load duration curves
K. Borel, L. Gregory, R. Karthikeyan
TR-445 Attoyac Bayou Recreational Use Attainability Analysis
S. Fuller, S. Schwab, A. Castilaw, L. Gregory
TR-457 Attoyac Bayou Surface Water Quality Monitoring Report
S. Schwab, M. McBroom, L. Gregory, B. Blumenthal, K. Hein, K. Wagner, B. Sims
Protecting Our Water
The Texas Water Resources Institute has published its latest Annual Report, focusing on accomplishments and project highlights from 2019.
We recently published the Winter 2020 issue of our magazine, txH2O, highlighting the connection between water and health, including pathogens, poverty, PFAS and other water-health issues and developing potential solutions.
Institute works with partners to improve water quality in East Texas
The Texas Water Resources Institute has been working with the Attoyac Bayou Watershed Partnership for the past decade to improve water quality, which includes repairing and replacing septic systems.
The Attoyac Bayou Watershed Partnership was developed with interested local stakeholders to better understand the sources of high E. coli levels in the watershed.
The Attoyac Bayou Watershed Partnership is coordinating a septic system repair and replacement program for residents in the Attoyac Bayou watershed to help improve and protect water quality.
Texas Water Resources Institute staff report positive results in one East Texas watershed and substantial progress in another while working with stakeholders and a team of university researchers and agency staff to improve water quality in the region’s many watersheds.
The Attoyac Bayou Watershed Partnership is addressing homeowner septic systems in the watershed by hosting a training on maintaining septic systems and initiating a repair and replacement program to help improve and protect the watershed’s water quality.
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Funding provided by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board as part of Clean Water Act Section 319(h) Grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.