City officials blame faulty sewage infrastructure, left-behind dog droppings, wildlife feces and human waste for high levels of harmful bacteria in Austin streams.
New public toilets downtown, pet-waste-bag dispensers at all city parks, and more plantings along creeks and parks are part of a proposal to tamp down fecal contamination in a handful of urban creeks.
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The state environmental agency is co-hosting a public forum to discuss contamination of Austin waterways at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at One Texas Center, Room 325, 505 Barton Springs Road. Free parking will be available.
Public comment …
Can be submitted through Aug. 18 via the website www5.tceq.state.tx.us/rules/ecomments/
By U.S. mail to: Water Quality Planning Division, TCEQ, MC 203, P. O. Box 13087, Austin, Texas, 78711-3087
By fax: 512-239-1414