Austin Area Watersheds: A TMDL Project to Protect Recreational Uses
River Basin: Colorado
Segments: 1403J, 1403K, 1428B, 1429C
- Project Overview
- Background and Goals
- Get Involved
- Comment on the Proposed TMDLs and I-Plan
- For More Information
Background and Goals
High concentrations of bacteria are often found in four streams in the Austin metropolitan area —Waller and Walnut Creeks, Spicewood Tributary to Shoal Creek, and Taylor Slough South. High concentrations of bacteria may indicate a health risk to people who swim or wade in the creeks—activities called “contact recreation” in the state’s standards for water quality.
The goal of the project is to reduce bacteria levels to protect people who swim or wade in the creeks. The City of Austin provides summary information about the watersheds on its website.
In all our projects, we seek opinions and information from people who represent government, permitted facilities, agriculture, business, environmental, and community and private interests in the watershed.
Throughout this project, all stakeholders and communities that use or affect these streams will be engaged in developing the strategy to improve water quality.
Notice of all general meetings will be posted here. Stay tuned to UT's Improving Austin Streams Web page for dates and information about subcommittee meetings and meeting records.
Comment on Proposed TMDLs and I-Plan
The commission requests comments from the public on the Austin Watersheds TMDLs and I-Plan. The TCEQ will accept comments from July 18 through August 18, 2014. Community stakeholders worked together to create the I-Plan to take care of water quality in their streams, and advised the TCEQ on development of the TMDLs.
How to Submit Your Comments
All comments are due no later than midnight on August 18, 2014.
TMDLs: Address comments to Mr. Jim Neece and mention the Five Total Maximum Daily Loads for Bacteria in Four Austin Streams in your communication.
I-Plan: Address comments to Mr. Chip Morris and mention the Implementation Plan for Five TMDLs for Bacteria in Four Austin Streams in your communication.
For more information, call us at 512-239-6682 and ask for Jim Neece or Chip Morris.
Submit your comments online via our E-Comments system. The text area for submitting eComments is limited to 10,000 characters, including spaces (about two and one-half typed pages). Uploaded files must be in Word or PDF files that are less than one megabyte in size.
If your comments exceed the size limitations for eComments, please submit your written comments by mail or fax.
By U.S. mail:
Water Quality Planning Division
TCEQ, MC 203
P. O. Box 13087
Austin, Texas, 78711-3087
The TCEQ will hold a public meeting to hear comments from the public.At this meeting, people have the opportunity to make statements when called upon, in order of registration. An agency staff member will give a brief presentation at the start of the meeting and will be available to answer questions before and after all public comments have been received.
August 7, 2014
One Texas Center, Room 325
505 Barton Springs Road
Austin, Texas 78704
Parking is available on site in the garage or adjacent to the building.
If you have special communication or other accommodation needs and plan to attend the meeting, contact the commission at 512-239-6682. Please make your request for accomodation as far in advance of the meeting as possible.
Documents created by the community-member organizations of the Coordination Committee are posted on UT's Improving Austin Streams Web page.
For More Information
Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and mention the Austin Area Bacteria TMDL project. Or call Chip Morris or Lauren Oertel, Project Managers, at 512-239-6682.