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 Approves Stakeholder Plan
On August 19, the commission approved the stakeholders' I-Plan for bacteria in waters of the Upper Texas Gulf Coast. Stakeholders have already implemented several education and volunteer programs related to this plan. To learn more about their outreach, visit the Galveston Bay Foundation's Clean Water Partnership Web page.
Comment on Recreational Use Attainability Analysis Reports
The agency is requesting comment on several RUAA reports for waters in the Canadian, Red, Sabine, and Neches basins. Comment closes September 4, 2015.
Comment on Draft Water Quality Management Plan Update
The TCEQ is accepting comment on its July 2015 Update to the WQMP from August 7 through September 8, 2015. This draft includes updates to TMDLs for several bacterial impairments in waters of the Houston-Galveston Region project.
TCEQ Requests Grant Applications
Applications will be accepted until September 4, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. for 2016 nonpoint source grants. These grants are made available through the Clean Water Act Section 319 grant program.
Access the request for proposals through the Electronic State Business Daily website. In the "Browse Postings" section, in the line for "Agency Requisition Number," enter 582-15-55292, and click "GO." The RFGA web page contains links for "Package 1," the RFGA instructions, ranking criteria, timetable, and other important information, and "Package 2," the application form in Word format.
Questions about the request for proposals must be submitted in writing by July 31, 2015 to Adrian Kyle, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by fax at 512-239-0823. Answers to these questions will be posted in an Addendum on the TCEQ's grants Web page by August 7, 2015, where you can also find general information about the grant program.
It's Hurricane Season
New Composting Video
Composting is a great way to not only nourish your soil but reduce waste and save a little money. Take Care of Texas presents the video "How to Start Composting in Your Own Backyard." Travis County Master Gardener Patricia Mokry demonstrates a number of simple ways you can begin or improve your backyard compost pile.
Training, Conferences, and Workshops
- Outreach for Natural Resource Professionals
- Texas Riparian & Stream Ecosystem Workshops
September 12, 2015, 10:00 a.m. to noon, Mathis, Texas. Texas AgriLife and the Nueces River Authority present a free workshop on maintaining a home septic system.
Send us an e-mail at email@example.com or call 512-239-6682.
Applications will be accepted until September 4, 2015 at 3:00 pm