Water Planning Data for Region H

Armand Bayou - From the confluence with Mud Lake in Harris County upstream to Genoa-Red Bluff Road in Harris County.

Biological function - riparian zone and associated marshes display significant overall habitat value (A. Sipocz, 1999, pers. comm.; S. Smith, 1999, pers. comm.; J. Woodrow, 1999, pers. comm.)
Hydrologic function - flood attenuation for the Pasadena and Clear Lake areas (A. Sipocz, 1999, pers. comm.; S. Smith, 1999, pers. comm.; J. Woodrow, 1999, pers. comm.)
Riparian conservation area - Armand Bayou Coastal Preserve
High water quality/exceptional aquatic life/high aesthetic value - high aesthetic value for outdoor recreation within an urban context (A. Sipocz, 1999, pers. comm.; S. Smith, 1999, pers. comm.; J. Woodrow, 1999, pers. comm.)

Austin Bayou - From the confluence with the Intracoastal Waterway in Brazoria County upstream to State Highway 288 in Brazoria County.

Biological function - Coastal stream fringed with native prairie and woodlands that display significant overall habitat value (A. Sipocz, 1999, pers. comm.; S. Smith, 1999, pers. comm.; J. Woodrow, 1999, pers. comm.); designated as an internationally significant shorebird site by the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (USFWS, 1999b)
Riparian conservation area - Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge
Threatened or endangered species/unique communities - wood stork (SOC/St.T), reddish egret (SOC/St.T), white-faced ibis (SOC/St.T) (USFWS, 1999b)

Bastrop Bayou - From the confluence with the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway in Brazoria County to the FM 523 crossing in Brazoria County (within TNRCC classified stream segment 1105).

Biological function - Extensive freshwater wetland habitat displays significant overall habitat value (Bauer et al., 1991); designated as an internationally significant shorebird site by the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (USFWS, 1999b)
Riparian conservation area - Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge
Threatened or endangered species/unique communities - wood stork (SOC/St.T), reddish egret (SOC/St.T), white-faced ibis (SOC/St.T) (USFWS, 1999b)

Big Creek - From the confluence with the Brazos River in Fort Bend County upstream to its headwaters south of Rosenberg in Fort Bend County.

Riparian conservation area - Brazos Bend State Park
High water quality/exceptional aquatic life/high aesthetic value - ecoregion stream; high water quality, diverse benthic macroinvertebrate community (Bayer et al., 1992; Linam et al., 1999)

Big Creek - From State Highway 150 in San Jacinto County upstream to and including the Double Lake and Henry Lake Branches that form Big Creek in San Jacinto County.

Biological function - terrestrial, wetland, and aquatic habitats display significant overall habitat value considering high degree of biodiversity (Moring et al., 1998; A. Sipocz, 1999, pers. comm.; J. Woodrow, 1999, pers. Comm.)R. Cons. Area: Sam Houston National Forest; Big Creek Scenic Area; Part of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail.
Riparian conservation area - Sam Houston National Forest; Big Creek Scenic Area
High water quality/exceptional aquatic life/high aesthetic value - exceptional aesthetic value (A. Sipocz, 1999, pers. comm.; J. Woodrow, 1999, pers. comm.

Brazos River - From the confluence with the Gulf of Mexico in Brazoria County upstream to FM 529 in Austin/Waller County (TNRCC stream segment 1201 and part of 1202).

Riparian conservation area - Brazos Bend State Park; Stephen F. Austin State Park.
Threatened or endangered species/unique communities - unique Live Oak-Water Oak-Pecan bottomlands community (Bauer et al., 1991); diamondback terrapin (SOC) (B. Ortego, 1999, pers. comm.)

Caney Creek - From the confluence with the East Fork of the San Jacinto River in Harris County upstream to its headwaters northeast of New Waverly in Walker County.

Biological function - bottomland hardwood habitat displays significant overall habitat value and high biodiversity (Moring et al., 1998)
Riparian conservation area - Sam Houston National Forest

Carpenters Bayou - From Garrett Road in Harris County upstream to the bayou's headwaters in Harris County.

Biological function - cypress swamps and extensive fringe wetlands display significant overall habitat value (A. Sipocz, 1999, pers. comm.)

Cedar Lake Creek - From the confluence with the Intracoastal Waterway in Brazoria County upstream to FM 521 in Brazoria County.

Biological function - undredged bayou with extensive forest and wetlands on border display significant overall habitat value (A. Sipocz, 1999, pers. comm.; S. Smith, 1999, pers. comm.)
Riparian conservation area - San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge
Threatened or endangered species/unique communities - reddish egret (SOC/St.T), wood stork (SOC/St.T), Brown pelican (Fed.E/St.E), White-faced ibis (SOC/St.T) (USFWS, 1999b)

Clear Creek - From the confluence with the Brazos River in Waller County upstream to its headwaters north of Prairie View in Waller County.

Biological function - aquatic habitat displays significant overall habitat value considering the high degree of biodiversity (A. Sipocz, 1999, pers. comm.)
High water quality/exceptional aquatic life/high aesthetic value - high aesthetic value (A. Sipocz, 1999, pers. comm.)

East Fork San Jacinto River - From the confluence of Caney Creek in Harris County upstream to US 190 in Walker County (TNRCC classified stream segment 1003).

Biological function - aquatic habitat displays significant overall habitat value considering the high degree of biodiversity (Moring et al., 1998)Hydr. Function: Groundwater recharge of the Chicot Aquifer (TC;B, 1998)
Riparian conservation area - Sam Houston National Forest
High water quality/exceptional aquatic life/high aesthetic value - ecoregion stream; high water quality, diverse benthic macroinvertebrate and fish communities (Bayer et al., 1992; Linam et al., 1999).

East Sandy Creek - From the confluence with Lake Conroe in Walker County upstream to its headwaters north of New Waverly in Walker County.

Biological function - displays significant overall habitat value considering the high degree of biodiversity (Herbert, 1999)
Riparian conservation area - Sam Houston National Forest

Halls Bayou - From Halls Lake in Brazoria County upstream to FM 2004 in Brazoria County.

Biological function - fringed by extensive wetlands that displays significant overall habitat value; unique estuarine habitat that contains some of the last seagrasses in the Galveston Bay system (A. Sipocz, 1999, pers. comm.)

Harmon Creek - From the confluence with the Trinity River in Walker County upstream to its headwaters just east of Huntsville in Walker County.

Biological function - bottomland hardwood habitat displays significant overall habitat value (W. Denton, 1999, pers. comm.; J. Woodrow, 1999, pers. comm.)
Riparian conservation area - Sam Houston National Forest
High water quality/exceptional aquatic life/high aesthetic value - exceptional aesthetic value (J. Woodrow, 1999, pers. comm.)

Jones Creek - From the confluence with Jones Lake upstream to State Highway 36 southwest of Lake Jackson.

Biological function - bottomland hardwood habitat displays significant overall habitat value (A. Sipocz, 1999, pers. comm.)
Riparian conservation area - Peach Point Wildlife Management Area

Lake Creek - From the confluence with the West Fork of the San Jacinto River south of Conroe in Montgomery County upstream to the Montgomery/Grimes County line (TNRCC classified stream segment 1015).

Biological function - displays significant overall habitat value considering high degree of biodiversity (Moring et al., 1998)
High water quality/exceptional aquatic life/high aesthetic value - ecoregion stream; high water quality, diverse benthic macroinvertebrate community (Bayer et al., 1992); High aesthetic value (A. Sipocz, 1999, pers. comm.; J. Woodrow, 1999, pers. comm.). Unique, mature bottomland hardwood forest community containing significant riparian habitat (Goodson Pocket) (A. Sipocz, 1999, pers. comm.; S. Smith, 1999, pers. comm.; J. Woodrow, 1999, pers. comm.)

Luce Bayou - From the confluence with Lake Houston in Harris County upstream to its headwaters in Liberty County.

Biological function - bottomland hardwood and aquatic habitats display significant overall habitat value (Moring et al., 1998)

Menard Creek - From the confluence with the Trinity River near the Polk/Liberty County line upstream to its headwaters located east of Livingston in the central part of Polk County.

Biological function - bottomland hardwood habitat displays significant overall habitat value; high diversity of freshwater mussels (A. Sipocz, 1999, pers. comm.)
Riparian conservation area - Big Thicket National Preserve

Mill Creek - From the confluence with the Brazos River three miles northwest of San Felipe in Austin County upstream to the point where the West Mill and East Mill creeks join together west of Bellville in Austin County.

Biological function - displays significant overall habitat value considering high degree of biodiversity (Moring et al., 1998)
High water quality/exceptional aquatic life/high aesthetic value - ecoregion stream; high water quality, diverse benthic macroinvertebrate community (Bayer et al., 1992)
Threatened or endangered species/unique communities - unique, rare gammagrass-switchgrass bottomland tallgrass prairie community (Bauer et al., 1991)

Nelson Creek - From the confluence with the Trinity River in Walker County upstream to it's headwaters northwest of Huntsville in Walker County.

Biological function - bottomland hardwood and aquatic habitats display significant overall habitat value (J. Woodrow, 1999, pers. comm.)
High water quality/exceptional aquatic life/high aesthetic value - high water quality and diversity of aquatic life (J. Woodrow, 1999, pers. comm.)

Old River - From IH 10 in Chambers County upstream to the Dayton Canal in Liberty County.

Biological function - cypress swamp habitat and extensive fringe wetlands display significant overall habitat value (A. Sipocz, 1999, pers. comm.; S. Smith, 1999, pers. comm.; J. Woodrow, 1999, pers. comm.)
Riparian conservation area - Wallisville Lake Project

Oyster Bayou - From the confluence with the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) in Chambers County upstream to its headwaters in Chambers County.

Riparian conservation area - Anahuac Nat'l Wildlife Refuge

Redfish Bayou - From the confluence with San Bernard River in Brazoria County upstream to its headwaters in Brazoria County.

Riparian conservation area - Justin Hurst Wildlife Management Area

San Bernard River - From the confluence with the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway in Brazoria County upstream to the point where the river crosses into Austin County south of New Ulm (TNRCC classified stream segment 1301 and part of 1302).

Biological function - displays significant overall habitat value considering high degree of biodiversity (Moring et al., 1998)
Riparian conservation area - San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge; Justin Hurst Wildlife Management Area
Threatened or endangered species/unique communities - unique Live Oak-Water Oak-Pecan bottomlands community (Bauer et al., 1991); diamondback terrapin (SOC) (B. Ortego, 1999, pers. comm.)

Trinity River - From Lake Livingston in Walker/Trinity County upstream to SH 7 in Leon/Houston County (within TNRCC classified stream segments 0803 and 0804).

Threatened or endangered species/unique communities - one of the two largest populations of rare, endemic Texas heelsplitter freshwater mussel remaining (Howells, 1997)

Trinity River - From the confluence with Trinity Bay in Chambers County upstream to FM 787 in Liberty County (within TNRCC classified stream segment 0801 and 0802).

Biological function - bottomland hardwood and extensive freshwater wetland habitats display significant overall habitat value (Bauer et al. 1991; USFWS, 1985; USFWS, 1999a; USFWS, 1999b)
Riparian conservation area - Wallisville Conservation Area; Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge; Davis Hill State Park
Threatened or endangered species/unique communities - wood stork (SOC/St.T), alligator snapping turtle (SOC/St.T) (USFWS, 1999b)

Upper Keechi Creek - From the confluence with the Trinity River in Leon County upstream to the Freestone/Leon County line.

Biological function - displays significant overall habitat value considering high degree of biodiversity (Gelwick et al., 2001)
Riparian conservation area - Keechi Creek Wildlife Management Area

Wheelock Creek - From the confluence with Buffalo Creek in Leon County upstream to its headwaters in the northeastern part of Leon County.

High water quality/exceptional aquatic life/high aesthetic value - ecoregion stream; diverse benthic macroinvertebrate community (Bayer et al., 1992)

Winters Bayou - From the confluence with the East Fork of the San Jacinto River in San Jacinto County upstream to its headwaters east of Huntsville in Walker County.

Biological function - displays significant overall habitat value considering high degree of biodiversity (Herbert, 1999)
Riparian conservation area - Sam Houston National Forest
High water quality/exceptional aquatic life/high aesthetic value - high water quality (Herbert, 1999)

References

Bauer, J., R. Frye, and B. Spain. 1991. A natural resource survey for proposed reservoir sites and selected stream segments in Texas. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Austin, Texas.

Bayer, C.W., J.R. Davis, S.R. Twidwell, R. Kleinsasser, G. Linam, K. Mayes, and E. Hornig. 1992. Texas aquatic ecoregion project: an assessment of least disturbed streams (draft). Texas Water Commission, Austin, Texas.

Denton, W. 1999. Personal communication. Resource Protection Division, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Houston, Texas.

Gelwick. F. 1999. Personal communication. Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Science, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.

Herbert, M. 1999. Fish communities of the West and East Fork of the Upper San Jacinto (draft). M.S. Thesis. Texas A&M University, College station, Texas.

Howells, R.G. 1997. Distibutional surveys of freshwater bivalves in Texas: progress report for 1996. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Management Data Series 147, Austin, Texas.

Linam, G.W., Kleinsasser, L.J., Mayes, K. 1999. Regionalization of the Index of Biotic Integrity for Texas Streams (Draft-In Review). Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, River Studies Report No. 16, Austin, Texas.

Moring, J., J. Rosendale, S. Ansley, D. Brown. 1998. Fish, Benthic Macroinvertebrate, and Stream Habitat Data From the Houston-Galveston Area Council Service Area, Texas, 1997-1998. United States Geological Survey, Austin, Texas.

Ortego, B. 1999. Personal communication. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Victoria, Texas.

Sipocz, A. 1999. Personal communication. Resource Protection Division, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Houston, Texas.

Smith, S. 1999. Personal communication. Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, Houston, Texas.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. 1999. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Homepage. www.tpwd.state.tx.us.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 1985. Texas Bottomland Hardwood Preservation Program. Department of the Interior Final Concept Plan. Albuquerque, New Mexico.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 1999a. Lower Trinity River Floodplain Habitat Stewardship Program. Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 1999b. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Homepage. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. www.fws.gov.

Woodrow, J. 1999. Personal Communication. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Resource Protection Division, Houston, Texas.


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