Ecologically Significant River and Stream Segments - Region H

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List of Tables

Table 1. Streams that meet the biological function criteria.

Table 2. Streams that meet the hydrologic function criteria.

Table 3. Streams that meet the riparian conservation area criteria.

Table 4. Streams that meet the high water quality/exceptional aquatic life/high aesthetic value criteria.

Table 5. Streams that meet the threatened or endangered species/unique community criteria.

Table 6. Ecologically significant river and stream segments.

              

Table 1. Streams that meet the biological function criteria (31 TAC §357.8 (b) (1)). 

River or Stream Segment County Significance
Armand Bayou Harris Significant riparian zone and associated marshes
Austin Bayou Brazoria Coastal stream fringed with native prairie and woodlands
Bastrop Bayou Brazoria Extensive freshwater wetland habitat
Big Creek San Jacinto High biodiversity
Caney Creek Walker Bottomland forest and high biodiversity
Montgomery
Carpenters Bayou Harris Valuable cypress swamps and extensive fringe wetlands
Cedar Lake Creek Brazoria Undredged bayou with extensive forest and wetlands on border
Chocolate Bayou Brazoria Bottomland hardwood forest and associated wetlands
Clear Creek Waller High biodiversity
Cocklebur Slough Brazoria Extensive hardwood swamps and wetlands
Cypress Creek Harris High biodiversity
East Fork San Jacinto River Walker High biodiversity
East Sandy Creek Walker High biodiversity
Halls Bayou Brazoria Fringed by extensive wetlands
Harmon Creek Walker Bottomland forest
Jones Creek Brazoria Bottomland forest and associated marshes
Lake Creek Montgomery High biodiversity of macroinvertebrates and fish
Luce Bayou Harris High biodiversity of fish and macroinvertebrates
Menard Creek Polk Bottomland hardwood forest
Liberty
Mill Creek Austin High biodiversity of fish
Nelson Creek Walker Bottomland hardwood forest
Old River Chambers Valuable cypress swamp habitat and extensive fringe wetlands
Oyster Creek Brazoria Bottomland forest with associated wetlands and high biodiversity of fish
San Bernard River Brazoria High biodiversity
Trinity River Chambers Extensive freshwater wetland habitat and Liberty bottomland hardwood forest
Upper Keechi Creek Leon High biodiversity
Walnut Creek Montgomery High biodiversity of fish and macroinvertebrates and excellent habitat
West Fork San Jacinto River Montgomery High biodiversity of fish
Winters Bayou Walker High biodiversity

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Table 2. Streams that meet the hydrologic function criteria (31 TAC §357.8 (b) (2)).

River or Stream Segment County Significance
Armand Bayou Harris Flood attenuation
Bastrop Bayou Brazoria Water quality
Big Creek Fort Bend Water quality
Brazos River Austin/Waller Groundwater recharge (Chicot)
  Austin/Waller/Brazoria Water quality
    Flood attenuation
Caney Creek Montgomery/Walker Groundwater recharge (Chicot)
    Water quality
Carpenters Bayou Harris Flood attenuation
    Water quality
Cedar Lake Creek Brazoria Flood attenuation
    Water quality
Clear Creek Waller Flood attenuation
    Water quality
Cocklebur Slough Brazoria Provides high quality freshwater to San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge
Cypress Creek Harris Groundwater recharge (Chicot)
East Fork San Jacinto River San Jacinto Groundwater recharge (Chicot)
  San Jacinto/Liberty Water quality
East Sandy Creek Walker Water quality
Halls Bayou Brazoria Water quality
Harmon Creek Walker Flood attenuation
    Water quality
Jones Creek Brazoria Water quality
Lake Creek Montgomery Flood attenuation
    Water quality
Luce Bayou Liberty/Harris Water quality
    Flood attenuation
Menard Creek San Jacinto Groundwater recharge (Chicot)
    Water quality
Mill Creek Austin Groundwater recharge (Chicot)
    Water quality
Nelson Creek Walker Water quality
Old River Chambers Flood attenuation
    Water quality
Peach Creek Montgomery Groundwater recharge (Chicot)
San Bernard River Brazoria Flood attenuation
    Water quality
Trinity River Walker Groundwater recharge (Chicot)
  Chambers/Liberty Flood attenuation
    Water quality
Upper Keechi Creek Leon Water quality
West Fork San Jacinto River Montgomery Groundwater recharge (Chicot)
Winters Bayou Walker/San Jacinto Flood attenuation
    Water quality

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Table 3. Streams that meet the riparian conservation area criteria (31TAC§357.8(b)(3)).

River or Stream Segment County Conservation Area
Alabama Creek Trinity Davy Crockett National Forest
Armand Bayou Harris Armand Bayou Coastal Preserve
    Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail
Austin Bayou Brazoria Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge
    Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail
Bastrop Bayou Brazoria Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge
    Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail
Big Creek Fort Bend Brazos Bend State Park
    Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail
Big Creek San Jacinto Sam Houston National Forest
    Big Creek Scenic Area
    Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail
Big Slough Brazoria Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge
Boggy Creek Montgomery Sam Houston National Forest
Boswell Creek Walker Sam Houston National Forest
Branch Creek Montgomery Sam Houston National Forest
Brandy Creek Walker Sam Houston National Forest
Brazos River Brazoria Brazos Bend State Park
    Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail
Brazos River Austin Stephen F. Austin State Park
Buffalo Bayou Harris San Jacinto State Historical Park
Bullinger Creek Austin Stephen F. Austin State Park
Caney Creek Montgomery Sam Houston National Forest
  Harris Lake Houston State Park
Carpenters Bayou Harris Sheldon Lake State Park
Cedar Lake Creek Brazoria San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge
    Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail
Cobb Creek Walker Sam Houston National Forest
Cocklebur Slough Brazoria San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge
Coushatta Creek Austin Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge
Double Lake Branch San Jacinto Sam Houston National Forest
Dobbins Creek San Jacinto Sam Houston National Forest
Duck Creek Montgomery Sam Houston National Forest
East Bay Bayou Chambers Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge
East Fork San Jacinto River Walker Sam Houston National Forest
  San Jacinto Sam Houston National Forest
  Harris Lake Houston State Park
East Sandy Creek Walker Sam Houston National Forest
Gourd Creek Walker Sam Houston National Forest
Gum Branch Walker Sam Houston National Forest
Harmon Creek Walker Sam Houston National Forest
Huffman Creek San Jacinto Sam Houston National Forest
Jayhawker Creek Montgomery Sam Houston National Forest
Jones Creek Brazoria Peach Point Wildlife Mgmt Area
    Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail
Lawrence Creek Montgomery Sam Houston National Forest
Little Lake Creek Montgomery Sam Houston National Forest
Maple Branch Walker Sam Houston National Forest
Mays Creek Walker Sam Houston National Forest
McCombs Creek San Jacinto Sam Houston National Forest
McRae Creek Montgomery San Houston National Forest
Menard Creek Polk Big Thicket National Preserve
Miller Creek San Jacinto Sam Houston National Forest
Nebletts Creek Montgomery Sam Houston National Forest
Old River Chambers Wallisville Lake Project (COE)
Onion Bayou Chambers Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge
Oyster Bayou Chambers Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge
    Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail
Pea Creek San Jacinto Sam Houston National Forest
Peach Creek Montgomery Sam Houston National Forest
Persimmon Creek Walker Sam Houston National Forest
Piney Creek Trinity Davy Crockett National Forest
Plum Creek Walker Sam Houston National Forest
Redfish Bayou Brazoria Justin Hurst Wildlife Mgmt Area
    Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail
Rhodes Creek Walker Sam Houston National Forest
Sandy Creek Trinity Davy Crockett National Forest
San Bernard River Brazoria San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge
Shepherd Creek Walker Sam Houston National Forest
Smith Branch Walker Sam Houston National Forest
Spring Creek Walker Sam Houston National Forest
Tarkington Bayou San Jacinto Sam Houston National Forest
Trinity River Chambers Wallisville Lake Project (COE)
Trinity River Liberty Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge
    Davis Hill State Park
Turkey Creek Montgomery Sam Houston National Forest
Upper Keechi Creek Leon Keechi Creek Wildlife Mgmt Area
West San Jacinto River Montgomery Sam Houston National Forest
West Sandy Creek Walker Sam Houston National Forest
Winters Bayou San Jacinto Sam Houston National Forest

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Table 4. Streams that meet the high water quality/exceptional aquatic life/high aesthetic value criteria (31 TAC §357.8 (b) (4)).

River or Stream Segment County Significance
Armand Bayou Harris High aesthetic value
Big Creek Fort Bend Ecoregion Reference stream; High dissolved oxygen; Benthic macroinvertebrates
Big Creek San Jacinto High aesthetic value
Clear Creek Waller High aesthetic value
East Fork San Jacinto River Walker Ecoregion Reference Stream; High dissolved oxygen; Benthic macroinvertebrates; Fish
Harmon Creek Walker High aesthetic value
Lake Creek Montgomery Ecoregion Reference Stream; High dissolved oxygen; Benthic macroinvertebrates; High aesthetic value
Mill Creek Austin Ecoregion Reference Stream; High dissolved oxygen; Benthic macroinvertebrates
Nelson Creek Walker High water quality and diversity of aquatic life
Old River Chambers High aesthetic value
  Liberty  
Wheelock Creek Leon Ecoregion Reference Stream; Benthic macroinvertebrates
Winters Bayou Walker High quality spring water influence

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Table 5. Streams that meet the threatened or endangered species/unique community criteria (31 TAC §357.8 (b) (5)).

River or Stream Segment County Significance
Austin Bayou Brazoria Wood stork, reddish egret, white-faced ibis
Bastrop Bayou Brazoria Wood stork, reddish egret, white-faced ibis
Big Creek San Jacinto Red-cockaded woodpecker
Brazos River Brazoria Unique Community- Live oak, Water oak Fort Bend and Pecan bottomlands; Diamondback terrapin
  Austin  
Cedar Lake Creek Brazoria Reddish egret, Wood stork, Brown pelican and White-faced ibis
Cocklebur Slough Brazoria Reddish egret, Wood stork, Brown pelican and White-faced ibis
Halls Bayou Brazoria Contains some of the last submerged aquatic vegetation in the Galveston Bay system
Lake Creek Montgomery Unique, mature bottomland hardwood forest community containing significant riparian habitat (Goodson Pocket)
Menard Creek Polk High diversity of freshwater mussels
Mill Creek Austin Rare gammagrass-switchgrass bottomland tallgrass prairie
San Bernard River Brazoria Unique Community- Live oak, Water oak and Pecan bottomlands; Diamondback terrapin
Trinity River Walker One of the two largest populations of rare, Trinity endemic Texas heelsplitter remaining
  Leon  
Trinity River Chambers Woodstork, Alligator snapping turtle
  Liberty  

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Table 6. Ecologically significant river and stream segments

Note: More than one "x" in a criteria column indicates that the river or stream segment satisfies that particular criteria in more than one way. For example, Armand Bayou is a State Coastal Preserve and is also a part of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail.

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