News from the Texas TMDL Program
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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.
- Calendar of Meetings
- TMDLs and Implementation Plan for Public Comment
- Austin Watersheds: TMDLs Adopted and Implementation Plan Approved
- Communities Working Together
- Loans and Cost Sharing
- Take Care of Texas Elementary Art Contest
- Upcoming Events
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TMDLs and Implementation Plan for Public Comment
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.
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 .
Loans and Cost Sharing
The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) is soliciting applications 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 (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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 27, 2015. Lone Star Healthy Streams Workshop, Robstown, Texas. See more information in the Get Involved section of our Oso Creek project Web page.
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.
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.
- Outreach for Natural Resource Professionals
- Texas Riparian & Stream Ecosystem Workshops
February 11-13, 2015, Austin, Texas. Urban Riparian Symposium . 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 , 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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