Several conservationist groups are banding together to stop treated effluent from getting into certain waterways in Texas, including Barton and Onion creeks.That means human waste where pollutants have been removed.Currently, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) grants permits for those discharges. Algae bloom in South San Gabriel River downstream of the Liberty Hill wastewater plant (Courtesy Save Barton Creek Association). The Hill Country Alliance and Save Barton Creek Association (SBCA) are among the groups that submitted a petition to the state agency to enact new rules banning those permits into more than 20 waterways that are considered “pristine,” or have naturally low levels of phosphorous Read more from Tahera Rahman at kxan here.