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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.
Charlene Bohanon with kids at Earth Day/Bay Day

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.

Comment on the Proposed Implementation Plan for Upper Gulf Coast Oyster Waters

The public is invited to comment on the proposed implementation plan to reduce bacteria in waters of the Upper Gulf Coast. Community stakeholders worked together to create this implementation plan, which is aimed at improving water quality so that the oyster beds are routinely safe for harvesting. As Manager of the Foundation's Water Quality Program,

Upper Coast Project Coordinator Named a Public Health Hero

Ms. Charlene Bohannon of the Galveston Bay Foundation Exit the TCEQ was recognized this month as a Public Health Hero by the Galveston County Health District Exit the TCEQ. Charlene serves as the regional project manager for the Foundation's project to improve the safety of oyster harvesting along the Upper Texas Coast. As manager of the Foundation's Water Quality Program, Charlene also leads their Clean Water Partnerships program and Boater Waste Education campaign. She serves on several regional committees, including the Jarbo Bayou TMDL Stakheholder Committee, along with other regional groups coordinating issues related to sewage disposal, boater waste, and pollution problems affecting oyster harvesting. The TCEQ TMDL Program congratulates this exemplary public service on her award.

Upcoming Events

Events

The 2015 Environmental Trade Fair and Conference is scheduled for May 5 - 6, 2015 at the Austin Convention Center.The ETFC is Texas' premier environmental education forum featuring topics such as the drought crisis, oil & gas, air quality, waste management, and water quality. Register online.

Texas A&M offers several opportunities for Natural Resource Training and Watershed Planning Exit the TCEQ. Topics include:

  • Outreach for Natural Resource Professionals
  • Texas Riparian & Stream Ecosystem Workshops

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Conferences & Workshops

April 21, 2015, 1:00-5:00 p.m., Palacios, Texas Watershed Steward Workshop, a free educational event designed to help watershed residents improve and protect their water resources by getting involved in local watershed protection and management activities. The April workshop will primarily focus on water quality issues associated with the Tres Palacios River and Tres Palacios Bay. Participants are encouraged to preregister online at at http://tws.tamu.edu.

May 5-6, 2015. Environmental Trade Fair and Conference. The draft agend and information about continuing education units are now available online. Early registration rates are available through March 27, 2015.

May 17-20, 2015. 14th National Watershed Conference and National Watershed Program Partner Summit Exit the TCEQ , 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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Contact Us

Send us an e-mail at tmdl@tceq.texas.gov or call 512-239-6682.

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