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Environmental Flow Rules

Information related to the TCEQ's environmental flow rulemaking process as required by House Bill 3 and Senate Bill 3.

Rulemaking

Summary of the statutory authority and information related to the TCEQ's environmental flow rulemaking process as required by House Bill 3 and Senate Bill 3.

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Statutory Authority

The commission by rule shall:

  • (1) adopt appropriate environmental flow standards for each river basin and bay system in this state that are adequate to support a sound ecological environment, to the maximum extent reasonable considering other public interests and other relevant factors;

 

  • (2) establish an amount of unappropriated water, if available, to be set aside to satisfy the environmental flow standards to the maximum extent reasonable when considering human water needs; and

 

  • (3) establish procedures for implementing an adjustment of the conditions included in a permit or an amended water right as provided by Sections 11.147(e-1) and (e-2).

Environmental Flow Rules*

           General Provisions- Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Title 30, Chapter 298, Subchapter A.

           Trinity and San Jacinto Rivers, and Galveston Bay- Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Title 30, Chapter 298, Subchapter B.

           Sabine and Neches Rivers, and Sabine Lake Bay- Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Title 30, Chapter 298, Subchapter C.

          Colorado and Lavaca Rivers, and Matagorda and Lavaca Bays-Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Title 30, Chap. 298, Schapter D.

          Guadalupe, San Antonio, Mission, and Aransas Rivers and Bays- Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Title 30, Chap. 298, Schap. E.

          Nueces River and Corpus Christi and Baffin Bays- Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Title 30, Chapter 298, Subchapter F.

          Brazos River and its Associated Bay and Estuary System- Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Title 30, Chapter 298, Subchapter G.

          Rio Grande, Rio Grande Estuary, and Lower Laguna Madre- Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Title 30, Chapter 298, Subchapter H.

 *The rules the TCEQ makes available on this site as a public service are not a substitute for the official rules as approved and filed with the Office of the Secretary of State.  See full disclaimer. The TCEQ assumes no legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of any information provided on this site. Official copies of TCEQ rules may be obtained by emailing register@sos.state.tx.us.

For more information on Environmental Flow Rules and Rulemaking, please contact the Water Availability Division at (512) 239-4691, or email wras@tceq.texas.gov.

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