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News from the Texas TMDL Program

News announcements including proposed plans for public comment, approved plans, conferences, and opportunities to submit proposals for contracts.

The TMDL Program sets targets for improved quality in surface waters. Communities in the watersheds work together to develop implementation plans (I-Plans) to achieve those targets.

See the Calendar for the TMDL Program for scheduled stakeholder meetings.

Communities Working Together

The Bacteria Implementation Group for the Houston–Galveston region just released its 2014 BIG Annual Report on the progress of their plan to reduce bacteria in Houston–Galveston area waterways. Learn more about the status of the BIG's plan and link to the annual report Adobe Acrobat PDF Document.

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Comment on Recreational Use Attainability Analysis Reports

The TCEQ will accept comments through January 12, 2015, on several draft Recreational Use Attainability Analysis (RUAA) reports. Submit your comments  by e-mail to or by mail to Joe Martin, MC-234, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, TX 78711. The reports for comment are listed below.

Brazos River Basin

Trinity Basin

Nueces River Basins (20,21,22)

Take Care of Texas Elementary Art Contest

Take Care of Texas, a program of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and Samsung Austin Semiconductor invite K-5 students in Texas to submit their artwork showing how they, their friends and their families help keep the air and water clean, conserve water and energy, and reduce waste.

One grand-prize winner will receive a Samsung laptop, and 15 students will win a Samsung tablet. One lucky teacher of the 16 winners will be randomly selected to win a Samsung tablet.

The contest begins January 5, 2015; artwork must be received by March 6, 2015. For contest details, visit or email .

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Upcoming Events

Links to the events listed below exit Exit the TCEQ the TCEQ website.

December 17, 2014. Free Webinar: Estimating Pollutant Loads from Monitoring Data Adobe Acrobat PDF Document. This 90-minute webinar will address pollutant load estimation from start to finish, beginning with basic definitions and ending with examples of load calculations using various tools and methods. Sponsored by the EPA and presented by TetraTech.

Texas A&M offers several opportunities this fall for Natural Resource Training and Watershed Planning. Topics include:

  • Outreach for Natural Resource Professsionals
  • Texas Riparian & Stream Ecosystem Workshops - Double Bayou; Lower Nueces, Petronila Creek, and Oso Creek
  • Introduction to ArcGIS 10

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January 17 - 21, 2015, Houston, Texas. 2015 International Low Impact Development (LID) Conference. Sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers. This conference provides an international forum for presenting the latest developments, technologies, and case studies related to LID and green infrastructure technology. Experts are invited to submit abstracts for presentations that address the design, performance, and policy aspects of LID and Green Infrastructure use in Texas, and in low relief coastal areas. 

May 17-20, 2015. 14th National Watershed Conference and National Watershed Program Partner Summit, Ft. Worth, Texas. The conference will address both current and future water resource issues related to conservation, management, water quality and flood protection on a watershed scale. Deadline to submit abstracts of paper is January 16, 2015.

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Send us an e-mail at or call 512-239-6682.

communities working together taking care of our rivers, lakes, and bays

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