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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.

Comment on TMDL Updates in the Texas Water Quality Management Plan

The TCEQ invites comments through September 8, 2014 on its draft July 2014 WQMP Update. The July 2014 draft includes updates to bacteria TMDLs for waterways in the San Antonio and Houston-Galveston areas, an addendum to TMDLs for Lake Worth (Segment 0808), and a proposal to withdraw TMDLs for TDS and chlorides in Clear Creek Above Tidal (Segment 1102).

RESTORE Council Accepting Proposals for Restoration Projects

Restoration projects along the Texas Gulf Coast will be funded by penalties resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Deadline for submissions is October 20. See "Bucket 2, Round 1 Open" on the Restore the Texas Coast Exit the TCEQ website for details.

The RESTORE Council also announced the publication of an Interim Final Rule that will allow states to access funds for planning purposes under the Spill Impact Component funds. Those funds will support projects, programs and activities identified in approved State Expenditure Plans. The interim final rule is posted on the Federal Register Exit the TCEQ.

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Honor Environmental Stewardship

Nominations are requested for the governor's 2015 Texas Environmental Excellence Awards Exit the TCEQ and the 2014 Coastal Bend Conservation and Environmental Stewardship Awards Exit the TCEQ. These awards recognize and honor outstanding citizens, educators, businesses, governing bodies, and other organizations that have made significant contributions to conserving and protecting our natural resources.

Apply for State Revolving Funds

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) is inviting applications for projects that are on its Invited Projects List. Funding is available through the Clean Water State Revolving Funds (CWSRF) Exit the TCEQ for low interest loans and subsidies that support wastewater infrastructure development. The TWDB is also inviting applications for other SRFs Exit the TCEQ.

Apply for Clean Fleet Grants

Grants are available through the Texas Clean Fleet Program to eligible individuals, businesses, governmental entities, and school districts to replace older diesel vehicles with new alternative fuel and hybrid vehicles. Application deadline is October 3, 2014.  The Clean Fleet Program is part of the Texas Emission Reductions Plan. Learn more about eligibility requirements and how to apply on the Clean Fleet Program Web page.

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Upcoming Training and Conferences

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

Several opportunities are available this summer and fall for Natural Resource Training and Watershed Planning from Texas A&M University. Some of the topics offered include:

  • Water & Wastewater: Issues, Challanges, Solutions, New Technologies
  • Texas Riparian & Stream Ecosystem Workshop - Arroyo Colorado River
  • Texas Riparian & Stream Ecosystem Workshop - Cedar Bayou Watershed
  • Applied Environmental Statistics
  • Introduction to ArcGIS 10

August 27, 2014, EPA free Webinar. Innovative Approaches to Financing and Funding Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Investments. Learn more or register online.  

September 3, 2014, Baytown, Texas. Orientation and trainingfor volunteers needed at the Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Education Center and the Baytown Nature Center. Attend this event if you share a passion for the environment, enjoy working with children, and strive to make a difference in your community. Make reservations by August 27 by calling 281-420-7128 or by e-mailing

September 6 and 20, and October 4 and 18, San Antonio, Texas. Earth-Kind Landscape School for Homeowners, a four-part series presented by the Texas Water Star program of Texas AgriLife. Earth-Kind landscapes combine the best of organic and traditional gardening and landscaping principles. Register by August 27 or get more information by contacting Angel Torres at 210-467-6575 or

September 10-11, Austin Texas. Content, Conversations, and Discoverability: Quality Social Media Outreach for Natural Resource Professionals. Presented by Texas AgriLife. Half-day September 10 and full day September 11. Register online.  

September 16-17, 2014, Austin, Texas. Water Quality-Stormwater Seminar. Register online. Learn about updates to permitting rules and regulations. Topics will include technical aspects of municipal and industrial stormwater as well as sludge permits. For more information call 512-239-3143 or e-mail

September 29, 2014, Austin, Texas. Getting in Step: Ten Outreach Tips that Won't Break the Bank. Agenda and registration online. From Texas Watershed Planning at the the Texas Water Resources Institute.  

September 30, 2014, Austin, Texas. Working with Stakeholders to Move the Process Forward. Agenda and registration online. From Texas Watershed Planning at the Texas Water Resources Institute.

October 23, 2014, Houston, Texas. The Bayou Preservation Association 11th Annual Symposium. Keynote speakers will explore the question of swimming in Houston's bayous. Register online.

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. Deadline for abstracts is June 23, 2014.

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