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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.

Commission Adopts TMDLs

On August 24, the commission adopted seven TMDLs for the San Jacinto River, East and West Forks; Lake Houston; and Crystal Creek. See this TMDL report on the Web page for the Houston-Galveston Bacteria project TMDLs.

Communities Working Together

The Upper Guadalupe River Authority (UGRA) hosted its 13th annual River Clean Up on Saturday, July 28, 2016. A record 443 participants collected 9,200 pounds of trash. Read the UGRA's recap of the event Exit the TCEQ and check out their slide show Exit the TCEQ. Learn about the TMDL project for the Guadalupe River Above Canyon Lake.

Comment on the Water Quality Management Plan

The TCEQ requests comments on the July 2016 Update to the WQMP. The comment period is August 5 through September 6. The July Update contains an addendum to the Dickinson Bayou bacteria TMDLs. It also includes updates to TMDLs for Buffalo and Whiteoak Bayous, Clear Creek and Tributaries, Lake Houston Watersheds, and Petronila Creek.

Riparian Workshops in August

Stakeholders in the Oso Creek and Bay watershed have the opportunity to attend riparian workshops in August 2016. There are two workshops presented by the Nueces River Authority. The first is August 25 for those with an interest in urban areas. The second, on August 30, is for those interested in rural areas. Both workshops run from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., with a presentation in the morning and a field trip in the afternoon. See the workshop flyer for more information. See also our Web page about the Oso Creek TMDL project.

Requests for NPS Grant Applications

The TCEQ has posted its Request for Grant Applications (RFGA) for Fiscal Year 2017 nonpoint source projects under the Clean Water Act Section 319(h) Grant Program. Applications will be accepted until September 1, 2016 at 3:00 pm CT.  See how to apply.

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Training, Events, and Workshops

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
  • Introduction to ArcGIS10

Texas AgriLife's Watershed Steward Program Exit the TCEQ is offering an online course Exit the TCEQ. 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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