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TCEQ Publications

Subject area: Water Quality

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A Guide to Developing an Environmental Management System for a Small Business 07/2011 GI-304 $1.75
For small businesses that are thinking of developing an environmental management system (EMS)--a voluntary way to handle environmental matters. Outlines the basic EMS components and gives examples of how to implement them.

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A Guide to Freshwater Ecology 05/2009 GI-034 $3.25
Manual to familiarize individuals with the freshwater environment.

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Accuracy Testing of Gauges used for Testing Backflow Prevention Assemblies 5/2011 RG-493 $1.75
General guide to testing differential-pressure gauges used in testing backflow-prevention assemblies. Explains differences between accuracy testing and calibration.

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Activities and Recommendations of the Texas Groundwater Protection Committee: Report to the 81st Legislature 01/2009 SFR-047/08 $3.25
Committee's report describing their activities for the two preceding years and recommendations for groundwater protection.

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Activities and Recommendations of the Texas Groundwater Protection Committee: Report to the 82nd Legislature 01/2010 SFR-047/10 $3.25
Committee's report describing their activities for the two preceding years and recommendations for groundwater protection.

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Activities and Recommendations of the Texas Groundwater Protection Committee: Report to the 83rd Legislature 01/2013 SFR-047/12 $3.25
Committee's report describing their activities for the two preceding years and recommendations for groundwater protection.

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After a Disaster: Is Your Drinking Water Safe? 08/2013 GI-431 $1.75
Answers to questions about safe drinking water in the event of a natural disaster and information such as who to contact, “boil water” notices, and more.

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Atlas of Texas Surface Water 08/2004 GI-316 $1.75
Book of color maps depicting the state's surface waters (divided by classified segments), including its lakes, bays, ponds, reservoirs, streams, rivers, estuaries and wetlands.

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Backflow Protection on Water-Based Fire Protection Systems 10/2008 RG-345 $1.75
Guidance for water purveyors, waterworks operators, fire line personnel, professional consultants, and licensed testers.

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Bao Ve Ho Tres Palacios 02/2007 GI-363viet $1.75
Leaflet on what citizens can do to preserve water quality in Tres Palacios Bay. (Also available in English and Spanish. To view the Vietnamese translation, click the link below.)

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Basics of Industrial Stormwater Regulations 10/2013 RG-514 $1.75
Permitting and authorization for discharge of stormwater from industrial facilities.

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Charting the Course to 2015: Galveston Bay Strategic Action Plan 04/2009 GI-385 $1.75
Followup to the Galveston Bay Plan evaluating progress toward goals with a view to 2015.

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Clean Water Certification Program 08/2012 RG-502 $1.75
About self-certification for owners of boats with marine sanitation devices and owners of pump-out stations.

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Coliform Sampling for Public Water Systems 08/2012 RG-421 $3.25
Detailed guide on how PWSs can take and submit samples to test water for contamination by coliform bacteria.

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Common Environmental Requirements for Regulated Oil and Gas Operations 02/2013 RG-482 $1.75
Explains agency regulations on oil and gas exploration and production. Not a comprehensive review of such regulations.

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Complying with the Edwards Aquifer Rules: Technical Guidance on Best Management Practices 07/2005 RG-348 $11.00
Guidance on the rules that apply specifically to the Edwards Aquifer.

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Conditional No-Exposure Exclusion for Stormwater Runoff: A Guide for Industries Operating Under the TPDES Multi-Sector General Permit, TXR050000 10/2013 RG-467 $1.75
Explains the no-exposure exclusion for industries operating under the TPDES Multi-Sector General Permit.

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Creosote: What is it? What are the risks? / Creosota: ¿Qué es? ¿Cuáles son los Riesgos? 07/2002 GI-285 $1.75
Explains (in English and Spanish) the dangers of creosote and how to reduce the risk.

Explica (en inglés y español) los peligros del creosota y como reducir los riesgos.

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Disinfectant Residual Reporting for Public Water Systems 07/2007 RG-407 $1.75
Shows public water systems that use only purchased water or groundwater how to comply with the disinfectant-level monitoring and reporting requirements of 30 TAC Section 290.110. Includes example calculations, worksheets, sample report, blank report form.

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Disinfecting Your Private Well 08/2013 GI-432 $1.75
A guide on how to disinfect your private well and household plumbing system in the event of flood, including information on collecting a water sample for analysis by a laboratory.

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Disposal of Domestic or Exotic Livestock Carcasses 03/2005 RG-419 $1.75
A guide for farm and ranch owners, state agencies, and local authorities when faced with animal mortalities.

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Edwards Aquifer Protection Program Contractor Handout 11/2010 GI-406 $1.75
Building on the Edwards Aquifer? Added responsibilities and requirements apply.

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Environmental Rules for Car Washes 08/2014 RG-434 $1.75
Guide to assist small business owners and local governments understand the environmental rules for car washes and simlar activities.

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Fees, Standards, and Reporting Requirements for Public Water Systems 05/2012 RG-346 $8.75
This publication contains the rule language found in 30 TAC 290 Subchapter E (fees), Subchapter F (requirements for drinking water quality), and Subchapter H (requirements for Consumer Confidence Reports)

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Galveston Bay and the Galveston Bay Estuary Program 06/2007 GI-342 $1.75
An overview of the Galveston Bay Estuary and Galveston Bay Estuary Program.

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General Permit Stormwater and General Permit Wastewater Fee 11/2005 RG-412 $1.75
Answers commonly asked questions from those billed for these annual fees, and provides agency contacts for more detailed questions.

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Golden Alga in Texas 09/2007 GI-378 $1.75
A guide to the effects of golden alga events in Texas. Includes health and seafood tips and how to recognize and report golden agla blooms.

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Guidelines for Developing Emergency Action Plans for Dams in Texas 03/2012 GI-394 $5.00
Intended for dam owners and engineers, these guidelines define the requirements of an acceptable emergency action plan and facilitate its preparation, distribution, annual testing, and update.

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Guidelines for Identifying and Protecting Aquifer Recharge Features 10/2005 RG-433 $1.75
This document provides guidance on identifying and certifying the presence of recharge features and discusses best management practices that protect aquifers from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).

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How Can a Superfund Site Affect My Property? / ¿Como Puede Afectar un Sitio Superfund a Mi Propiedad? 12/2002 GI-286 $1.75
Provides information (in English and Spanish) relevant to owners of properties that are near state Superfund sites in Texas.

Información pertinente (en inglés y español) para los dueños de terrenos cercanos a sitios "Superfund" en Texas.

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How to Develop a Monitoring Plan for a Public Water System 08/2011 RG-384 $8.75
Tells public water systems how to develop a monitoring plan, a tool used to coordinate all the monitoring requirements for different chemicals in the plant and distribution system.

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How to Sample Your Well Water and Understand the Results 08/2013 GI-433 $1.75
How to properly collect a water sample from your well, send it to an approved lab for testing, and review the results.

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Iniciativa fronteriza de la TCEQ 07/2014 GI-392esp $1.75

Información general sobre el esfuerzo íntegro y cooperativo que realiza la TCEQ para servir a los residentes de la frontera.

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Investigating and Reporting Releases from Petroleum Storage Tanks 08/2012 RG-411 $1.75
Guide to the TCEQ requirement for investigating and reporting releases from underground and aboveground storage tanks.

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Joint Groundwater Monitoring and Contamination Report - 2011 08/2012 SFR-056/11 $8.75
Groundwater monitoring activities; includes a list of all groundwater contamination cases documented during the previous calendar year for which enforcement action was incomplete at the time of the preceding report.

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Joint Groundwater Monitoring and Contamination Report - 2012 07/2013 SFR-056/12 $8.75
Groundwater monitoring activities; includes a list of all groundwater contamination cases documented during the previous calendar year for which enforcement action was incomplete at the time of the preceding report.

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Joint Groundwater Monitoring and Contamination Report - 2013 05/2014 SFR-056/13 $8.75
Groundwater monitoring activities; includes a list of all groundwater contamination cases documented during the previous calendar year for which enforcement action was incomplete at the time of the preceding report.

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Landowner's Guide to Plugging Abandoned Water Wells 03/2010 RG-347 $1.75
Guidance on how to properly plug an abandoned water well.

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Landscape Irrigation Program: Implementation 01/2009 RG-466 $1.75
Explains new rules relating to LI for both licensed professionals and customers.

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Landscape Irrigation, A Take Care of Texas Guide 05/2014 GI-409 $1.75
Brief guide to developing a water-efficient landscape, including tips on using good water techniques and choosing irrigation systems.

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Landscape Irrigation: A Consumer's Guide to Landscape Irrigation in Texas / Riego de paisajes: Una guía del consumidor sobre el riego de jardines en Texas 07/2011 GI-390 $1.75
General-information pamphlet on landscape irrigation for homeowners.

Folleto de información general sobre el riego de paisajes o jardines para dueños de casa.

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Landscape Irrigator's Rule Compilation 08/2009 RG-470 $5.00
A guide that compiles the various rules for landscape irrigators from the occupation code, water code and TCEQ rules.

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Managing Nonpoint Source Pollution in Texas: 2011 Annual Report 01/2012 SFR-066/11 $3.25
Annual report of Texas' progress towards reducing nonpoint source pollution. Highlights the state's efforts to collect data and assess water quality, implement projects that reduce or prevent nonpoint source pollution, and educate and involve the public.

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Managing Nonpoint Source Pollution in Texas: 2012 Annual Report 01/2013 SFR-066/12 $1.75
Annual report of Texas' progress towards reducing nonpoint source pollution. Highlights the state's efforts to collect data and assess water quality, implement projects that reduce or prevent nonpoint source pollution, and educate and involve the public.

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Managing Nonpoint Source Pollution in Texas: 2013 Annual Report 01/2014 SFR-066/13 $1.75
Annual report of Texas' progress towards reducing nonpoint source pollution. Highlights the state's efforts to collect data and assess water quality, implement projects that reduce or prevent nonpoint source pollution, and educate and involve the public.

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Monitored Natural Attentuation Demonstrations under TRPP 09/2010 RG-366/TRRP-33 $1.75
Describes the elements and development of demonstrations for monitored natural attenuation at affected properties.

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Most Frequently Needed Records for Wastewater Investigations 03/2008 RG-088 $1.75
TCEQ investigators send this document to a plant that is about to undergo a wastewater investigation to ensure availability of records needed to complete the process expeditiously.

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Municipal Setting Designations: A Guide for Cities 02/2013 GI-326 $1.75
Information for cities that may be contacted by persons who wish to pursue state certification of a municipal setting designation, or that wish to pursue MSDs for their own use.

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NetDMR: Online Reporting of Discharge Monitoring Data 04/2009 GI-398 $1.75
Find out about NetDMR, a Web-based tool that allows you as a TPDES permittee to electronically sign and submit your discharge monitoring reports (DMRs) to the TCEQ.

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On-Site Wastewater Treatment Research Council Fee 09/2003 RG-078 $1.75
Answers questions related to this reporting fee.

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Optional Enhanced Measures for the Protection of Water Quality in the Edwards Aquifer - An Appendix to RG-348 09/2007 RG-348a $1.75
Appendix A to RG-348. Step-by-step guide to activities affected by the Edwards Aquifer rules in eight counties: Williamson, Travis, Hays, Comal, Bexar, Medina, Uvalde, and Kinney. Includes forms.

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Optional Enhanced Measures for the Protection of Water Quality in the Edwards Aquifer and Related Karst Features that May Be Habitat for Karst Dwelling Invertebrates - An Appendix to RG-348 09/2007 RG-348b $1.75
Appendix B to RG-348. Describes best management practices with focus on protecting habitat for karst-dwelling invertebrates.

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Preparation of a Drinking Water Survey Report 01/2010 RG-428 $1.75
Anyone who reports groundwater contamination will need this document to guide them in submitting a drinking water survey report.

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Preserving and Improving Water Quality: Programs of the TCEQ for Managing the Quality of Surface Waters 08/2010 GI-351 $1.75
An overview of the standards and criteria the TCEQ uses to define and evaluate the quality of surface waters in Texas, and the programs and practices the state employs to protect and restore water quality.

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Primary and Secondary Operators Under the Construction General Permit for Stormwater Discharges (TXR150000) 01/2014 RG-468 $1.75
Helps individuals, businesses, and governments determine if they are a primary or a secondary operator under the construction stormwater general permit.

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Priority Groundwater Management Areas and Groundwater Conservation Districts: Report to the 82nd Legislature 01/2011 SFR-053/07 $3.25
Information on activities undertaken during the preceding two years relating to the study and designation of priority groundwater management areas and the creation and operation of groundwater conservation districts.

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Priority Groundwater Management Areas and Groundwater Conservation Districts: Report to the 83rd Legislature 01/2013 SFR-053/08 $3.25
Information on activities undertaken during the preceding two years relating to the study and designation of priority groundwater management areas and the creation and operation of groundwater conservation districts.

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Procedures to Implement the Texas Surface Water Quality Standards 01/2003 RG-194 $5.00
Details how the TCEQ implements the state's surface water quality standards through wastewater permitting.

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Process Control Tests for Domestic Wastewater Treatment Facilities 10/2002 RG-002 $1.75
A guide with four tables listing the recommended process control tests that should be performed to effectively operate the most common type of domestic wastewater treatment facility.

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Protección de la Bahía Tres Palacios 02/2007 GI-363esp $1.75

Folleto sobre lo que la gente puede hacer para proteger la calidad de la agua de la Bahía Tres Palacios. (Disponible también en inglés y vietnamita.)

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Protect Your Source of Water 04/2009 GI-395 $1.75
The TCEQ partners with water systems to set up a Source Water Protection Program for little or no cost. The project identifies potential sources of contamination and best management practices to prevent pollution from entering drinking water.

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Protecting Tres Palacios Bay 02/2007 GI-363 $1.75
Leaflet on what citizens can do to preserve water quality in Tres Palacios Bay. (Also available in Spanish and Vietnamese.)

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Public Drinking Water Systems: Responding to a Disaster 09/2013 RG-517b $1.75
For operators of public water systems, answers to questions about responding to natural disasters including information on who to contact in TCEQ regional offices and other resources.

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Pull Up Your Water Well Report - Online 04/2011 GI-416 $1.75
Flier about using the TCEQ's online Water Well Report Viewer.

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Quarterly Visual Monitoring of Stormwater Runoff: A Guide for Industries Operating under the TPDES Multi-Sector General Permit, TXR050000 12/2006 RG-403 $1.75
Tells industries how and when to conduct required quarterly visual monitoring to assess the effectiveness of their efforts to reduce pollution in stormwater runoff, and provides a form that may be used.

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Rainwater Harvesting: A Guide for Public Water Systems 11/2012 RG-445 $1.75
Regulations and principles for Public Water Systems that collect and treat rainwater and distribute it as potable water.

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Red Tide Facts 02/2007 GI-367 $1.75
A guide to the effects of red tide events on the coast. Includes health and seafood tips and how to recognize and report red tide.

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Reducing Phosphorus in the North Bosque River--Taking Action to Improve Water Quality 04/2003 GI-306 $1.75
Gives an overview of concerns for phosphorus in the North Bosque River and outlines measures that are called for in the implementation plan for the total maximum daily loads in this watershed.

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Rules Protecting the Edwards Aquifer Recharge and Transition Zones 04/2008 RG-011 $1.75
Guidance on restrictions relating to construction on the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone in Williamson, Travis, Hays, Comal, Bexar, Medina, Uvalde, and Kinney counties.

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Sanitary Sewer Overflow Initiative: Information for Prospective Participants 08/2012 GI-389 $1.75
Summary of the Sanitary Sewer Overflow Initiative, including its goals and requirements.

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Save Water. Save Energy. Save Money at Home. 06/2013 GI-370 $1.75
Ten handy tips for conserving and recycling resources while saving money around the house and during the daily commute.

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Save Water. Save Energy. Save Money at Work 04/2013 GI-388 $1.75
Brochure with 10 environmental tips for improving air and water quality, conserving water and energy, and reducing waste at the office.

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Soil Sampling for Concentrated Animal-Feeding Operations (CAFOs) (Contents Effective January 2010) 07/2009 RG-408 $1.75
Explains and illustrates methods of collecting soil samples for nutrient utilization plans, which may be required for operators of concentrated animal feeding operations who apply animal waste for beneficial reuse.

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Study of the Methods for Disposing of Unused Pharmaceuticals 12/2010 SFR-098 $3.25
A study of and recommendations about the methods used by consumers, health-care providers, and others to dispose of unused pharmaceuticals.

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Surface Water Quality Monitoring Procedures, Volume 1: Physical and Chemical Monitoring Methods 08/2012 RG-415 $8.75
Procedures for TCEQ staff and other monitoring personnel who collect data on surface water quality in Texas.

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Surface Water Quality Monitoring Procedures, Volume 2: Methods for Collecting and Analyzing Biological Assemblage and Habitat Data 05/2014 RG-416 $8.75
Procedures for TCEQ staff and other monitoring personnel who collect data on surface water quality in Texas

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Take Care of Texas 05/2014 GI-430 $1.75
Everyday measures the public can take to help maintain environmental quality in Texas.

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Texas Groundwater Protection Committee 05/2006 GI-088 $1.75
Brochure describing this committee, which brings together representatives from 10 state agencies to bridge the gap between groundwater programs.

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Texas Groundwater Protection Stategy 02/2003 AS-188 $5.00
A comprehensive groundwater protection strategy for the state of Texas that provides guidelines for the prevention of contamination, the conservation of groundwater, and the coordination of activities of the agencies involved.

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Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System: Multi-Sector Industrial General Permit for Stormwater—TXR050000 09/2011 RG-394 $5.00
A general permit covering eligible stormwater discharges from industrial facilities. Also covers certain discharges other than stormwater.

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The TCEQ Border Initiative 07/2014 GI-392 $1.75
General information on the TCEQ's comprehensive, cooperative effort to serve border residents.

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The Texas Clean Rivers Program 02/2011 GI-063 $1.75
General information about a program managed by the TCEQ and partner agencies to promote improved water quality in Texas rivers.

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Total Organic Carbon (TOC) Guidance Manual 09/2002 RG-379 $3.25
Tells surface water treatment plant operators how to comply with rules on removing total organic carbon (TOC) & to lessen the concentration of disinfection by-product precursors (DBP-Ps) that are available to form more harmful disinfection by-products.

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Transporting Sludge Wastes in Texas: A Step-by-Step Guide to Registration, Operating, and Reporting 12/2013 RG-309 $1.75
Explains state environmental rules for transporters of sewage sludge, domestic septage, chemical toilet waste, grease-trap waste, grit-trap waste, sludge from drinking water treatment plants, and similar wastes in Texas.

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Troubleshooting Bacteria Effluent From Wastewater Treatment Plants 06/2013 RG-515 $1.75
Information and tools to help wastewater system operators and utility managers with minimizing bacteria in effluent

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Unauthorized Discharges and Sanitary Sewer Overflows 04/2011 RG-395 $1.75
A guide that clarifies the TCEQ's requirements for reporting unauthorized discharges and overflows from sanitary sewers.

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Water Education Field Guide 10/2006 GI-026 $1.75
Guide for engaging 4th to 8th grade students in hands-on field study of Texas waters.

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Water Recycles: The Complete Story (poster) 05/2014 GI-403 $1.75
Color poster (18 inches x 22 inches) that illustrates steps in the water cycle and several human activities that affect water. Back of poster has narrative information on water as well as activities and puzzles.

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What is Toxicology? 01/2013 GI-426 $1.75
Introduction to TCEQ toxicology for the general public.

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