News from the Texas TMDL Program
Charlene Bohanon of the Galveston Bay Foundation teaching kids about water quality at Earth Day/Bay Day.
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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.
Commission Requests Public Comments
The commission is requesting comments from the public on draft TMDLs and implementation plans (I-Plans). For tidal segments of the Mission and Aransas rivers, both the draft TMDLs and the draft I-Plan are available for public comment. For the Upper San Antonio River, only the draft I-Plan is available for comment. Comments for all the documents are due by midnight on November 23, 2015.
Communities Working Together
Sewer lines have been getting a lot of attention in College Station. The city has been busy implementing portions of the Carters Creek Implementation Plan for reducing bacteria. One aspect of that plan involves sewer lines. Over time, sanitary sewer lines that carry wastewater can deteriorate or develop cracks. Bacteria can then leak from the lines into streams they cross.
From September 2014 through August 2015, the city's Water Services Department has been rehabilitating wastewater lines in older neighborhoods and areas undergoing redevelopment. During that period, the department replaced 6,310 feet of sanitary sewer pipe in the Bee Creek Trunkline of the sewer system. They also rehabilitated 11,300 feet of wastewater lines in the South Knoll/Glade section.
In addition, the department cleaned 117,990 feet of sewer line and inspected 79, 235 feet of line via video camera. A camera on rollers is attached to an electric cable that is placed in a wastewater line, which then "walks" down the line. Department personnel monitor the camera feed on a TV monitor and can see cracks in the pipe, offset connections, roots that have grown into the pipe, things people drop in manholes, and other problems.
The department has an even more ambitious plan for rehabilitating lines in 2015-2016. All these activities are important contributions to reducing bacteria in Carters Creek.
Training, Conferences, and Workshops
- Outreach for Natural Resource Professionals
- Texas Riparian & Stream Ecosystem Workshops
Texas AgriLife's Watershed Steward Program is offering a new online course . The Texas Watershed Steward (TWS) program provides science-based, watershed education to help citizens identify and take action to address local water quality impairments. Texas Watershed Stewards learn about the nature and function of watersheds, potential impairments, and strategies for watershed protection.
October 19-22, 2015. Texas Watershed Planning Short Course . The Texas Watershed Planning Short Course promotes sustainable proactive approaches to managing water quality throughout the state. This week-long course provides participants with guidance on stakeholder coordination, education, and outreach; meeting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's nine key elements of a watershed protection plan; data collection and analysis; and the tools available for plan development.
October 18-22, 2015. EPA Annual Stormwater Conference . This conference will address and discuss the various issues and challenges of managing municipal stormwater, as well as new and upcoming rules and regulations.
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