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Harris County Commitment to Water Quality

Harris County has been enforcing water quality rules for over 50-years—longer than most environmental agencies in the U.S. have been around! Water quality in our bayous had for decades been recognized as suffering misuse from the many demands placed on it, from recreation, fishing, transportation, drinking water, and even as an open sewer. From the first scientific assessment of water quality in 1946, a new agency was formed in 1953 to enforce air and water regulations. Today, Harris County has many agencies that contribute to protecting and improving water quality.

Harris County’s leadership in the field of water quality continues to this day. In the following links below, you will find many recent publications that Harris County has performed in order to gain a better understanding of the best ways to address water quality. More studies will be posted as they are completed, so check back often!




Efficacy of PE Efforts on Citizen Understanding of Watershed Protection - Sept. 2010
  Full Document Adobe pdf
  Synopsis Adobe pdf

Turbidity Secchi Depth Analysis - Nov. 2009
  Full Document Adobe pdf
  Synopsis Adobe pdf

Waste Water Treatment Plants Statistical Analysis for Harris County Watershed Protection Group -
Jul. 2009
  Full Document Adobe pdf
  Synopsis Adobe pdf

Low Impact Development (LID) for Storm Water Quality BMPs - Jul. 2009
  Full Document Adobe pdf
  Full Document Microsoft Excel
  Synopsis Adobe pdf

Little White Oak Bayou and Halls Bayou Sediment Study - Mar. 2009
  Full Document Adobe pdf
  Synopsis Adobe pdf

Industrial Wastewater Study - Mar. 2009
  Full Document Adobe pdf
  Synopsis Adobe pdf

Post-Construction BMP Effectiveness Data Collection - Mar. 2009
  Full Document Adobe pdf
  Synopsis Adobe pdf

7Q2 vs. Permitted Discharge Flow Map - Mar. 2009
  Full Document Adobe pdf
  Synopsis Adobe pdf

Survey on Bacteria Permit Limits for WWTP Discharges - Jan. 2009
  Full Document Microsoft Excel
  Synopsis Adobe pdf

24 Hour Monitoring Study WWTP Effluent - Aug. 2008
  Full Document Adobe pdf
  Synopsis Adobe pdf

BMP Effectiveness in Pollutant Reduction & Impact on Receiving Stream Water Quality Study -
Oct. 2007
  Full Document Adobe pdf
  Synopsis Adobe pdf

Illicit Discharge Elimination Project Harris County, TX - Jan. 2007
  Full Document Adobe pdf
  Synopsis Adobe pdf

Luce Bayou Background Study Harris County, TX - Jan. 2007
  Full Document Adobe pdf
  Synopsis Adobe pdf

Research Study Regrowth Potential of Water Pathogens in Sediment and Sewage Treatment Plant Effluent and Affinity of Water Pathogens to Attach to Soil Fractions - Jan 2007
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  Synopsis Adobe pdf

Study Phase Engineering Agreement Between PBS&J and Harris County to Provide Professional Engineering Services and Monitoring to Study the Effects of Permanent Storm water Quality Features – Dec. 2006
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  Synopsis Adobe pdf

Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Short Circuiting Criteria for Storm Water Quality Basins Design Using Ideal Flow Modeling - Aug. 2006
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  Synopsis Adobe pdf

JTF Storm Water Sampling Data Analysis to Evaluate Bacteria TMDL - July 2006
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  Synopsis Adobe pdf

Wet Pond Sedimentation Survey and Survey and Design Criteria Evaluation - June 2006
  Full Document Adobe pdf
  Synopsis Adobe pdf

Research Study A Measure of the Affinity of E. Coli to Attach to Sand & Clay – Jan. 2006
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  Synopsis Adobe pdf

Harris County Best Management Practices Characterization - Nov. 2005
  Full Document Adobe pdf
  Synopsis Adobe pdf

Bacteria TMDL Evaluation for Buffalo and White Oak Bayous Final Report - Dec. 2005
  Full Document Adobe pdf
  Synopsis Adobe pdf

Evaluation of Storm Water BMP for Harris County - Aug. 2003
  Full Document Adobe pdf
  Synopsis Adobe pdf

Detention Basin Efficiencies - Jul. 2003
  Full Document Adobe pdf
  Synopsis Adobe pdf

1946 Sanitary & Industrial Waste Pollution Surveys - 1946
  Full Document Adobe pdf
  Synopsis Adobe pdf

 

 

 

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 Web Resources

  1. Clean Water Clear Choice
  2. Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD)
  3. Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
  4. Galveston Bay Estuary Program (GBEP)
  5. Bayou Preservation Association (BPA)
  6. Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP)
  7. Houston Galveston Area council (HGAC)

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  In-House Training
  Presentations

  1. On-site Wastewater Systems in Harris county:  An Introduction to the State of the Technology and Processes
    March 2009 
    (Full Document) (Synopsis)

  2. Wastewater Treatment Plant Pathogen Re-growth Study
    March 2009
    (Full Document) (Synopsis)

  3. Basic Microbiology
    January 2009
    (Full Document) (Synopsis)

  4. Soil and Nutrient Impacts on Water Quality
    February 2009
    (Full Document) (Synopsis)

  5. Advanced Wastewater Treatment Processes
    March 2009
    (Full Document) (Synopsis)