Post Script to Water Quality Testing
Posted on Jun 8th, 2022
Post Script to water quality testing on river
“It should be noted that the San Bernard is not a chlorinated swimming pool filled with well water or city water. Rivers, lakes, the surf, etc., all have some level of bacteria.
TCEQ, EPA, County Health Dept. do not use the word “safe” when describing bacteria levels in a body of water. Instead, they have a standard level below which it’s deemed “acceptable” for contact recreation (swimming, skiing, etc,) for persons with healthy immune systems and no cuts or open wounds.
Previous bacteria testing by FOR volunteers with help from the Galveston Bay Foundation showed that levels were typically much higher than the standard for a few days after a big rain, and typically below or close to the standard the rest of the time.
The recent testing by CRG is some evidence, at least, that the sewage from the Brazoria waste treatment plant has not added contaminants to the sediment, and the current water quality is not significantly different from what has been measured in years past.”
–FOR Director Tom Ronayne