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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.

TMDLs and Implementation Plan for Public Comment

The commission is requesting public comment on an Implementation Plan for Orange County Watersheds and on TMDLs for Armand Bayou.

Austin Watersheds: TMDLs Adopted and Implementation Plan Approved

At their January 21, 2015 meeting, the commission adopted TMDLs and approved the Implementation Plan for Austin Area Watersheds.

Communities Working Together

Updated Implementation Plans

TMDL Implementation Plans are living documents. Conditions change; successes happen; roadblocks are encountered. So stakeholders adapt their plans over time to make them work.Three stakeholder committees have been busy updating their TMDL Implementation Plans in watersheds where current plans are maturing. See the draft updated plans for Lake O' the Pines, Petronila Creek, and the Colorado River Below E.V. Spence Reservoir.

Progress Report

Also in 2014, the Bacteria Implementation Group for the Houston–Galveston region 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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Loans and Cost Sharing

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) is soliciting applications Exit the TCEQ for low-cost loans to help communities develop and optimize water supplies under an initiative called SWIFT. Applications are due by February 3, 2015.

2015 TWDB Financial Assistance Workshops Exit the TCEQ (RSVP) will be held throughout the state in January on the upcoming funding cycle for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds and the new State Water Implementation Fund (SWIFT). These funding sources are available for stormwater and nonpoint source projects as well as standard water and wastewater utility financing.

The TWDB is also soliciting applications Exit the TCEQ for projects from eligible groundwater conservation districts. Funding is for cost-share of water use monitoring equipment in groundwater conservation districts that have rules requiring metering of groundwater withdrawals. Applications are due by noon on March 11, 2015.

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

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Upcoming Events

Events

New InformationJanuary 27, 2015. Lone Star Healthy Streams Workshop, Robstown, Texas. See more information in the Get Involved section of our Oso Creek project Web page.

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

New Information January 27, 2015. Texas Well Owners Network training. Free and open to the public, from 1:00–5:00 p.m. at the Good News Lutheran Church, 11020 Old Corpus Christi Highway, San Antonio. Due to space limitations, registration is required. Participants may bring well-water samples for testing; cost per sample is $12. Get course information and register online or call 979-845-1461.

New Information February 27, 2015. Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Workshop—Dickinson Bayou. Galveston County Extension Office in La Marque, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The training will focus on the nature and function of stream and riparian zones and the benefits and direct impacts from healthy riparian zones. Continuing Education Credits are available for this course. Register online.

Texas A&M offers several opportunities for Natural Resource Training and Watershed Planning Exit the TCEQ. Topics include:

  • Outreach for Natural Resource Professionals
  • Texas Riparian & Stream Ecosystem Workshops

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Conferences

February 11-13, 2015, Austin, Texas. Urban Riparian Symposium Exit the TCEQ . Sponsored by the Texas Riparian Association. The conference provides an opportunity for natural resource professionals to share ideas and discuss management and policy issues, lessons learned in urban riparian and stream planning, assessment, design, construction, and evaluation.

May 17-20, 2015. 14th National Watershed Conference and National Watershed Program Partner Summit Exit the TCEQ , 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.

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Contact Us

Send us an e-mail at tmdl@tceq.texas.gov or call 512-239-6682.

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