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.
Jarbo Bayou TMDL for Public Comment
The public is invited to comment on the proposed TMDL for indicator bacteria in Jarbo Bayou. Community stakeholders worked with the TCEQ to develop the TMDL. Comments are due by midnight on March 7, 2016. See details on how to comment on the Jarbo Bayou project Web page, under the heading "Total Maximum Daily Load."
Water Quality Management Plan Update for Public Comment
The TCEQ requests comments from the public on the draft January 2016 Update to the WQMP. Comments will be accepted through March 7, 2016. The January 2016 Update includes updates to nine different TMDL reports.
Communities Working Together
Save the date for the Upper Guadalupe River Authority's 13th annual river cleanup on Saturday, July 23, 2016. See more details and preregistration forms on UGRA's website. This year, in addition to the cleanup, the UGRA is holding an art contest for all Kerr county students grades K-12 to design the 2016 River Cleanup t-shirt. Visit the annual cleanup Web page to learn more about the contest and the $100 prize for the winner. Learn more about the TMDL project for the river.
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s Commissioner Toby Baker announced that requests for grant applications will be accepted beginning Friday, Jan. 15 for more than $56 million in funding available for environmental, ecological, or economic projects.
Eligible projects in the Gulf Coast region include those that: restore and protect natural habitats, mitigate damage to fish and wildlife, improve state parks in coastal areas, protect against coastal floods, promote tourism and/or consumption of Gulf Coast seafood, and develop the workforce and create jobs in the coastal region.
Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. CST on April 15, 2016. Detailed information on eligibility, how to apply, scoring criteria, as well as an opportunity to sign up to receive information and updates, is available on the RESTORE website [www.restorethetexascoast.org]. In addition, the RFGA will be posted on the Electronic State Business Daily website [http://esbd.cpa.state.tx.us]. Once an initial list of projects is developed, it will be posted in the Texas Register and on the RESTORE site for public comment.
The Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast Act of 2012 (RESTORE Act) established the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council and the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund and dedicates 80 percent of Clean Water Act penalties resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to the Trust Fund, for restoration projects in the Gulf Coast region. Baker is Governor Abbott’s appointee to the council representing the State of Texas.
Training, Events, and Workshops
March 6-12, 2017. National Groundwater Awareness Week spotlights an important resource — groundwater. In Texas, groundwater supplies 60 percent of all freshwater used by the state and 80 percent of the water used for agriculture. Sponsored by the National Ground Water Association, the week allows us to bring greater attention to the importance of groundwater and how we can all do our part to protect this resource. Texas-specific information for this event is available on the Texas Groundwater Protection Committee’s Web page.
- Outreach for Natural Resource Professionals
- Texas Riparian & Stream Ecosystem Workshops
- Introduction to ArcGIS10
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.
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