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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.

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.

Communities Working Together

The communities of the Houston-Galveston region have been Collaborating in a BIG Way Adobe Acrobat PDF Document to reduce bacteria in their waterways. Two Decades of Success Exit the TCEQ highlights progress in maintaining clean rivers in the Houston-Galveston area, including environmental progress in watersheds included in the BIG regional I-Plan.

Comment on Draft Update to the Water Quality Management Plan

The public is invited to comment on the October 2014 draft Update to the Water Quality Management Plan. All comments must be received at the TCEQ no later than 5:00 p.m. on December 8, 2014. This draft includes updates to TMDLs for bacteria in the Houston-Galveston Region, the San Antonio area, along with TMDLs for dissolved oxygen and bacteria Upper Oyster Creek

Apply to Be a Center of Excellence under the RESTORE Act

Commissioner Toby Baker, Governor Perry’s appointee to the RESTORE Council, has announced that funds will be made available to the Gulf Coast States, including Texas, to establish Centers for Excellence (Centers) to conduct research on the Gulf Coast Region. Once selected, Centers will be eligible to receive grant funding to conduct approved research projects.

TCEQ has posted a competitive Request For Grant Applications (RFGA) on the Texas Electronic State Business Daily (search on Agency Requisition Number 582-15-52002) and on the Texas e-Grants system.

Applications are due November 17, 2014. Questions are due November 6. Please contact LaTresa Stroud at, if you have any questions or comments regarding the proposed RFGA.

For more details about requirements associated with the Centers of Excellence, visit either Restore the Texas Coast or Restore the Gulf. These funds are being made available under Section 1605 of the RESTORE Act. 

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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.

One grand-prize winner will receive a Samsung laptop, and 15 students will win a Samsung tablet. One lucky teacher of the 16 winners will be randomly selected to win a Samsung tablet.

The contest begins January 5, 2015; artwork must be received by March 6, 2015. For contest details, visit or email .

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November 15th is Texas Recycles Day

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 Take the pledge to Take Care of Texas and receive a free Texas State Park Guide. Ask your friends, coworkers, neighbors, and family members to pledge, too.

To learn more about how you can help the environment by recycling, check out the following links.

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New Educational Resources

Riparian Restoration on Farms and Ranches in Texas Exit the TCEQ is a new publication from AgriLife for landowners and land managers. The publication was for the Blackland Prairie and Post Oak Savannah ecoregions of Central and East Texas, but is applicable to other parts of the state as well,

Take Care of Texas has produced the new seven-minute video How to Construct a Rain Barrel, available on their Water Conservation Web page. Explore the TCOT website to see several other great educational products that are free to use.

The EPA's new video, Do You Choose Clean Water? outlines the importance of clean water and the EPA's proposal to protect it.

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Upcoming Events

Links to the events listed below exit Exit the TCEQ the TCEQ website.

Texas A&M offers several opportunities this fall for Natural Resource Training and Watershed Planning. Topics include:

  • Outreach for Natural Resource Professsionals
  • Texas Riparian & Stream Ecosystem Workshops - Double Bayou; Lower Nueces, Petronila Creek, and Oso Creek
  • Introduction to ArcGIS 10

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November 12 - 14, 2014, Tampa, Florida. 34th International Symposium of the North American Lake Management Society. The theme of this year's conference in "Managing for Results." See more information or register online.

January 17 - 21, 2015, Houston, Texas. 2015 International Low Impact Development (LID) Conference. Sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers. This conference provides an international forum for presenting the latest developments, technologies, and case studies related to LID and green infrastructure technology. Experts are invited to submit abstracts for presentations that address the design, performance, and policy aspects of LID and Green Infrastructure use in Texas, and in low relief coastal areas. 

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. Deadline to submit abstracts of paper is January 16, 2015.

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Send us an e-mail at or call 512-239-6682.

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