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Edwards Aquifer Protection Plans

Provides the definition of an Edwards Aquifer protection plan, explains why they are necessary, and outlines who is required to prepare and submit them to the TCEQ.

What is an Edwards Aquifer protection plan?

An Edwards Aquifer protection plan (EAPP) outlines the best management practices that will be implemented and maintained — both during and after construction activities — to prevent contaminants found in storm water from reaching the Edwards Aquifer.

The EAPP may include: a water pollution abatement plan, organized sewage collection system plan, underground storage tank facility plan, aboveground storage tank facility plan, contributing zone plan, or a modification, exception, or extension request granted by the executive director.

Why are these plans necessary?

These plans are necessary to ensure that steps are taken to protect groundwater and maintain Texas Surface Water Quality Standards in areas that will impact the Edwards Aquifer.

Who is required to prepare and submit an Edwards Aquifer protection plan?

If you plan to conduct a regulated activity (such as construction, land clearing, aboveground or underground storage tank installation) over the Edwards Aquifer, you must submit your plan to the TCEQ for approval prior to disturbing soil at the site.

A complete list of regulated activities, including exclusions, can be found in 30 TAC 213.3(28) Exit the TCEQ for the recharge and transition zones and in 30 TAC 213.22(6) Exit the TCEQ  for the contributing zone of the Edwards Aquifer.

How do I know what forms to complete?

There are a number of forms that are required for each plan type. In order to help you figure out what forms are required, you can use the Edwards Aquifer Protection Plan Flowchart.

Where can I find more information?

You can find additional information on the Edwards Aquifer Protection Program Web page.

Who can I contact if I need help?

If you are located in Williamson, Travis, or Hays County, call the TCEQ’s Austin Regional Office at 512-339-2929. For help in Comal, Bexar, Medina, Uvalde, or Kinney County, call TCEQ’s San Antonio Regional Office at 210-490-3096.

Program Updates

Hot Topic Edwards Aquifer Protection Program (EAPP) Public Hearings
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ or commission) will conduct public hearings to receive comments from the public on actions the commission should take to protect the Edwards Aquifer from pollution, as required under Texas Water Code, §26.046.  This requirement assists the commission in its shared responsibility with local governments such as cities and groundwater conservation districts to protect the water quality of the aquifer. 

The hearings will be held at the following times and locations: Monday, October 19, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the TCEQ Park 35 Office Complex, 12100 Park 35 Circle, Building E, Room 201S, Austin; and Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Tesoro Building, Alamo Area Council of Governments, Al J. Notzon III Board Room, 8700 Tesoro Drive, San Antonio. 

For further information or questions concerning these hearings, please contact Mr. Bailey at (512) 239-6956, or visit Regulatory History of the Edwards Aquifer.

Hot Topic Download the New Application Forms
The Edwards Aquifer Protection Plan forms have been updated. Download the forms at Edwards Aquifer Forms, Instructions, and Checklists.

Include the Required Cover Page
When you submit an Edwards Aquifer Application, you must include a certified cover page. Access a copy at Edwards Aquifer Forms, Instructions, and Checklists.

Utilize the Application Checklists
Use the application checklists to help you compile the necessary forms and attachments to submit a complete plan. See Edwards Aquifer Protection Plans to access your checklist.

Submit a Complete Application
To learn how to submit a complete plan, see Application Submission and Review.