An urban coastal stream, above tidal reach, and three municipal wastewater treatment plant effluents were analyzed for fecal coliforms, fecal streptococci and enterococci to determine the effect of dechlorination on those bacterial populations. Analyses were conducted during low and high flow periods from stormwater inflow. Improvement in bacterial water quality was found, principally due to municipality efforts to correct illicit connections and other sewerage system problems. Fecal coliform genera were identified and quantified. Regrowth of dechlorinated effluent bacteria was minimal.