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How can I prevent a PAM infection?

To prevent infection by primary amebic meningeoncephalitis (PAM), it is recommended that those taking part in warm, fresh water-related activities use nose clips or hold their noses shut while jumping into water. With the ameba often found in soil, it is best to avoid stirring up underwater sediment.The Texas Department of Health recommends that people avoid stagnant or polluted water and take “No Swimming” signs seriously. PAM cannot be spread person to person nor by drinking water. Swimming ...
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What is primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM)?

Primary Amebic Meningeoncephalitis or PAM is a rare, almost always fatal disease caused by an ameba (naegleria fowleri) found in all untreated, fresh surface water and in soil. Most common during the summer, the ameba thrives in low levels of fresh water that is stagnant or slow-moving and is warmer than 80 degrees.The infection occurs when water containing the organism is forced into the nasal passages – usually from diving or jumping into water or from water skiing. The ameba makes its way in...
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How can I conserve water?

There are many ways to conserve water, such as using high efficiency clothes and dish washers, fixing leaks and being careful about how and when we water outside, among other suggestions.These tips will not only help preserve water for future generations, but they can help ease the drain on our pocketbooks. For more information on water conservation, click here.
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Why should I conserve water?

Though water amounts are limited, demand is rising as the world’s population grows. Projections show that by 2060, the Brazos River basin will not have enough water to meet that growing demand. One way we can ease future strains on our water supply is learning to conserve now.
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Why is conservation important?

The multi-year drought that has wilted much of the state since October of 2010 has demonstrated to Texans the importance of conserving water. Water is a finite resource. There is only so much available on the Earth’s surface and beneath the ground, so ways must be found to save water and use it more efficiently.
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Has golden algae been found in the Brazos River basin?

Yes, golden algae is present in parts of the basin year round. However, the great majority of the time it is at such a level that it has not caused a threat to fish in a few years. Fish kills occur when algae blooms and becomes toxic. This happened most recently in 2007, when the basin experienced a widespread fish kill.
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What laws in Texas apply to septic systems?

With a few exceptions, a permit is required to install a septic system in Texas. The Legislature, in the Health and Safety Code, designates the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) as the official agent to investigate and decide whether to approve a permit request.The commission is also tasked with overseeing whether the septic tanks continue to function properly and the Commission can require the property owner make repairs when needed.However, the law allows the Commission to desig...
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Why are there federal reservoirs in the Brazos River basin?

The US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) operates eight flood control reservoirs within the Brazos River basin that, through a contract with the federal government, also serve as water supply impoundments for the Brazos River Authority system of reservoirs.Lakes Proctor, Whitney, Aquilla, Belton, Stillhouse Hollow, Georgetown, Granger, and Somerville store water for use by municipal, agricultural, industrial and mining use.Similar to the Authority’s three water supply reservoirs, water contracts ...
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What is Allens Creek Reservoir?

Allens Creek Reservoir is a planned water storage lake permitted for construction on Allens Creek, a tributary of the Brazos River, in Austin County. The permit to build the lake was originally issued to Houston Lighting and Power (Reliant Energy) in 1974 by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, now known as the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).The reservoir was originally to have served as a cooling lake for a nuclear power plant. When Reliant Energy abandoned plan...
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The information provided on this site is intended as background on water within the Brazos River basin. There should be no expectation that this information is all encompassing, complete or in any way examines every aspect of this very complex natural resource.

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