Where the Poop Is, in and Around Lake Houston

WHERE THE POOP IS, IN AND AROUND LAKE HOUSTON Lake Houston, Houston“While some Houston bayous, such as Buffalo and White Oak, have bacteria levels seven times higher than Lake Houston’s watershed, the waters flowing from the San Jacinto River are more vital, said Steve Hupp, Bayou Preservation Association spokesman. . . . Houston’s drinking water is pumped from an area of the lake not contaminated with bacteria. Only the northwest corner of the lake is impaired, records show. This segment runs from where the river intersects Spring Creek, winds through Humble and past the Kingwood golf course, and ends at the West Lake Houston Parkway bridge. The bacteria level found in the lake segment exceeds the state standard of 126 E. coli per 100 milliliters of water by 100 percent.¬†Levels on both the river’s west or east forks are lower — exceeding the standard by 25 percent to 56 percent, depending on the segment. Yet a small tributary, Crystal Creek, which feeds into the west fork, has the highest count. It exceeds the state standard by 168 percent. The communities along the San Jacinto watershed are experiencing a boom in development, especially around the river’s west fork in Montgomery County. Exxon Mobil already has a new 385-acre corporate campus that will be home to 10,000 workers under construction there, while the Boy Scouts recently sold their nearby 2,175-acre camp to a master-planned community developer for a reported $60 million.” [Houston Chronicle ($)] Photo of Lake Houston: Sara Robertson (license)

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  • What this does not mention is that sewage treatment plants to not treat the hormones and drug traces that are in urine. These hormones, from birth control pills for example, pass through treatment unscathed and wind up in the lakes where we get our drinking water and in the bays where we eat the oysters, shrimp, and fish.

    Nasty and potentially very harmful to our reproductive systems and other organs.

  • Hell, they say that by the time it reaches the Gulf of Mexico, that the “water” in the Mississip has been through 17 kidneys. Lake Houston is also fed from the Trinity River system, where the Dallas metroplex releases if “watewater” effluent.