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Revising the Texas Surface Water Quality Standards

Summary of how the standards are revised.

Revision Process

The process to revise the Texas Surface Water Quality Standards (Standards) includes the public and is usually conducted at least every three years. Revisions address new information about pollutants, additional data about water quality conditions in specific segments, and new state and federal regulatory requirements.

Stakeholders in the review and revision process include the TCEQ, EPA, the general public, other governmental agencies, industries, municipalities, environmental groups, and others. Much of the coordination is done through the Surface Water Quality Standards Advisory Workgroup. There have been revisions to the Standards in 1967, 1973, 1981, 1984, 1988, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2010, and 2014.

The Procedures to Implement the Texas Surface Water Quality Standards (RG-194) (Implementation Procedures), which explain how the Standards are used in wastewater permitting, are reviewed and revised along with the Standards.

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2014 Revision

The 2014 revisions to the Texas Surface Water Quality Standards were adopted by the Commission at the February 12, 2014 agenda. The final rule was published in the Texas Register on February 28, 2014 and are effective as a state rule on March 6, 2014. See the 2014 Texas Surface Water Quality Standards for more information regarding this revision and EPA actions on the rule. Revisions were developed by internal staff workgroups and the Surface Water Quality Standards Advisory Workgroup.

Staff Contacts

For further information on the Standards, please contact Ms. Debbie Miller, Water Quality Planning Division, at (512) 239-1703. For further information on the Implementation Procedures, please contact Mr.Gregg Easley, Water Quality Division, at (512) 239-4539.

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