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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 and develops implementation plans (I-Plans) to achieve them.

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

2013 Annual Report:
Managing Nonpoint Source Pollution in Texas

The Annual Report is jointly published by the TCEQ and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board. Highlights in this year's report include annual load reductions of nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment along with success stories for waterways across the state. Many local, regional, state, and federal agencies play an integral part in creating that success.

The Texas program is funded through federal grants provided for in the Clean Water Act and administered by the EPA.

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Online Access to Water Quality Data

The TCEQ is pleased to announce the Web publication of its Surface Water Quality Monitoring Information System Viewer. SWQMIS contains quality-assured data about the streams, lakes, and bays of Texas, which are presented in the Viewer using a map interface. SWQMIS includes data collected by the TCEQ, Clean Rivers Program agencies, and other federal and state partners for more than 20 years. With the viewer, you can download data and reports, find the location of monitoring stations, or identify natural waterways and associated geographic and management information. By working together, we can make a difference and protect our water resources.

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Comment on EPA Rule and Report

The EPA is proposing a rule Exit the TCEQ to update the definition of waters of the U.S. Through June, the EPA is holding discussions around the country to gather feedback for shaping the final rule.

The EPA is also requesting comments from the public through April 27th on its draft 2014 Report on the Environment Exit the TCEQ.  This report presents the EPA's best available indicators of national trends in the environment and human health.

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Air Quality Grants

The TCEQ is making up to $4.6 million in new technology grants available to eligible individuals and businesses. These grants are aimed at reducing emissions of air pollutants from facilities and other stationary sources in Texas. The New Technology Implementation Grant program is part of the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan. Application deadline is June 27, 2014.

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Texas Environmental Excellence Awards

The TCEQ has announce the winners of this year's Texas Environmental Excellence Awards. These awards honor individuals, organizations, and businesses each year for their exceptional efforts to protect our natural resources. The commissioners will formally present the awards to the winners at the annual banquet and ceremony on May 7, 2014.  The awards are part of the TCEQ Environmental Trade Fair and Conference. Get your tickets for the Trade Fair and awards banquet online now.

Dickinson Bayou Partnership Recognized

The Dickinson Bayou Watershed Partnership has been selected as an Outstanding Public Health Partner by the Galveston County Health District. The GCHD is recognizing outstanding partners as part of its celebration of National Public Health Week Exit the TCEQ. The Dickinson Bayou Partnership is active in developing TMDL Implementation Plans to protect and improve Dickinson Bayou and other watersheds in its area, along with other environmental plans.

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Workshops and Training

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

Several opportunities are available this spring and summer for Natural Resource Training and Watershed Planning from Texas A&M University. Some of the topics offered include:

  • Water & Wastewater: Issues, Challanges, Solutions, New Technologies
  • Texas Riparian & Stream Ecosystem Workshop - Arroyo Colorado River
  • Texas Riparian & Stream Ecosystem Workshop - Cedar Bayou Watershed
  • Applied Environmental Statistics
  • Introduction to ArcGIS 10

Protecting the Legacy of the Edwards Plateau, April 23-24, 2014, Kerrville Texas. Presented by the Bennett Trust of Texas AgriLife. Day 1 of the conference will include discussions on recognition and management of encroaching plants, native tree health and care, water as wealth, and managing competition between wild and domestic herbivores. Day 2 will allow attendees to take one of three behind the scenes tours. Day 3 will feature insight on keeping a legacy alive by focusing on legacy threats such as water quantity, quality and emerging regulatory issues.

9th Annual National Monitoring Conference, April 28-May 2, 2014, Cincinnati, Ohio. Presented by the National Water Quality Monitoring Council. The conference is a showcase for new findings on the quality of the Nation's waters. You'll also learn about the newest innovations and cutting-edge tools in water-quality monitoring, assessment, and reporting.

Introduction to ArcGIS 10, May 13-14, 2014, College Station, Texas. Provided by the Texas Water Resources Institute, this class teaches the range of functionality available in the software and the essential tools for visualizing, creating, managing, and analyzing geographic data. 

Southwest Stream Restoration Conference, May 28-30, 2014, San Antonio, Texas. Presented by the Resource Institute, this will be the first conference of its kind in the region, and will focus on ecosystem restoration in the southwestern United States. The conference will include presentations, panel discussions, exhibits, and professional networking. Become involved in shaping the future of watershed restoration in the Southwest.

International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, June 9-13, 2014, Houston, Texas. Sponsored by the American Academy of Sciences, the conference will provide a multidisciplinary platform for environmental scientists, engineers, management professionals, and government regulators to discuss the latest developments in environmental research and applications.

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