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Surface Water Quality Standards Advisory Work Group

This open-participation group will meet several times to advise the TCEQ about revising the standards for 2017 and methods for implementing the revised standards in permits

2017 Revision

For information on how to submit comments on the 2017 revision of the Texas Surface Water Quality Standards, please visit the Revising the Texas Surface Water Quality Standards webpage

About the Work Group

The Surface Water Quality Standards Advisory Work Group (SWQSAWG) provides guidance on options available for revising the Texas Surface Water Quality Standards (30 TAC Chapter 307) and the Procedures to Implement the Texas Surface Water Quality Standards, RG-194 (Implementation Standards).

The work group’s guidance was sought on various topics, including nutrient criteria development and application, changes to toxic criteria per EPA criteria updates, implementation of EPA’s guidance on recreational indicators and uses, and site-specific criteria changes to classified and unclassified water bodies.

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Participating in the SWQSAWG

The members of the SWQSAWG were selected so that the group was balanced, as required under Section 5.107 of the Texas Water Code. The meetings were open to the public, and anyone interested in changes to the Texas Surface Water Quality Standards was welcome to attend.

The Work Group had representatives from water associations, agricultural industry, engineering firms, environmental organizations, consumer groups, and government organizations.

To receive e-mails regarding the SWQSAWG, please join our list service. Click to subscribe Exit the TCEQ

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Upcoming Meeting Announcements

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will hold a work group meeting from 1:00 to 4:00 pm on Monday, January 25, 2016. The meeting will occur at the Austin campus of the TCEQ in Building F, Room 2210.

The purpose of this work group meeting is to inform the public of revisions currently being considered by staff for the 2017 revision of the Texas Surface Water Quality Standards, TSWQS, (30 TAC, Chapter 307), and to provide an opportunity for public input on these and/or any other recommended changes to the rule. Topics to be discussed at the meeting include:

  • Current status of the 2014 TSWQS
  • Revisions under consideration for the Procedures to Implement the Texas Surface Water Quality Standards (RG-194)
  • EPA's Final Rulemaking to Update the National Water Quality Standards Regulation
  • Toxic criteria updates (TSWQS Tables 1 and 2)
  • Site-specific criteria updates based on recreational and aquatic life use-attainability studies
  • Nutrient criteria development update

Meeting Agendas, Summaries, and Handouts

January 25, 2016

Public Comment on Recreational Use Changes

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Documents from Previous SWQSAWG Meetings

Please see records of previous meetings on the SWQSAWG Documents and Handouts page.

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.Peter Schaefer, Water Quality Division, at (512) 239-4372.

If you have any questions concerning the workgroup or need special accommodations at a meeting, please contact Ms. Miller.

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