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Watershed Protection Plans for Nonpoint Source Water Pollution

Describes plans the state uses to manage nonpoint source pollution by watershed

The TCEQ and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board Exit the TCEQ site support the development and implementation of watershed protection plans (WPPs) that prevent or manage nonpoint source pollution. WPPs are developed through local stakeholder groups, usually with funding and technical assistance from the TCEQ and/or the TSSWCB, along with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. A significant portion of Texas’ federal funding for managing nonpoint source pollution is dedicated to the development and implementation of WPPs and TMDL Implementation Plans.

List of Watershed Plans

See Texas Watershed Protection Plans for a list of watershed protection plans completed or in progress in Texas with support from TCEQ.

Watershed Planning Map

The Texas Watershed Planning Map (large PDF file - 20 MB) displays the watersheds in Texas for which WPPs have been developed or are being developed. A statewide map numbers these watersheds and color-codes them according to whether their development is principally supported by TCEQ, TSSWCB, or independently. The watershed names are listed by number below the map. This interactive statewide map allows you to select a watershed and link to a detailed map showing watershed boundary, major roads, cities, and the waterways within the watershed. Water bodies that are listed as impaired in the 2010 Texas 303(d) list are displayed in red.

Developing Watershed Plans

The "Watershed Planning Projects" section of the NPS Grants web page provides recommendations for a phased approach to watershed planning.

Guidelines and requirements for developing WPPs are available in the current version of Region 6 EPA Review Guide for Watershed-Based Plans, and additional guidance is available in the U.S. EPA Clean Water Act Section 319 Web page Exit the TCEQ site and in EPA's Handbook for Developing Watershed Plans to Restore and Protect Our Waters (PDF). Exit the TCEQ site

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For More Information

Contact the NPS Program by e-mail at, or call 512-239-6682.

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