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.
TMDL Stakeholders Taking Care of the Upper Coast
From April 18 through May 18, the stakeholders who created the plan to reduce bacteria in waters along the Upper Gulf Coast received comments from the public on their plan. Community stakeholders representing many local interests worked cooperatively on the plan to improve water quality in the oyster waters of the area. The commission is scheduled to consider final approval of the plan at their August 19th meeting.
The stakeholders and TCEQ held two meetings to receive oral comments on the plan. At those meetings, the stakeholders who formulated the plan got valuable information from the people who attended. They were also able to share with area residents the things that are already being done to improve oyster waters.
Comment on Proposed Addenda and Updates to the Water Quality Management Plan
The public is invited to comment on the proposed April 2015 draft update to the Water Quality Management Plan. The April 2015 draft proposes an addendum to the TMDLs for Buffalo and Whiteoak Bayous, along with updates to TMDLs for various Houston–Galveston BIG watersheds, Upper San Antonio River watersheds, and Upper Oyster Creek. The comment period is from May 8, 2015 through June 8, 2015.
Take the Pledge to Take Care of Texas
Take the pledge to take care of Texas and we'll send you a free park guide. You'll also be entered for a chance to win a free Samsung Galaxy 4 tablet from our Proud Partner HEB. The agency’s Take Care of Texas program encourages personal responsibility for the state’s environment, with conservation tips for the home, office and outdoors.
Visit our TCEQ News on YouTube to see the latest public service announcements featuring Kevin Fowler and Ricky Trevino. Take Care of Texas — it's the only one we've got.
Take Care of Texas program has also announced the winners of its K-5 art contest. Students were asked to submit artwork showing how they help keep the air and water clean, conserve water and energy, and reduce waste. The TCEQ received more than 2,600 artwork submissions from across the state. See the winning art pieces .
TCEQ Announces Winners of the Texas Environmental Excellence Awards
Congratulations to all the winners! See videos about their contributions to taking care of our environment.
Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Accepting Proposals for Agricultural Grants
Proposals should be for watershed assessment, planning, implementation, demonstration and education projects. Preferred projects are for agricultural or silvicultural nonpoint source pollution prevention and abatement activities within the boundaries of impaired or threatened watersheds. Learn more about the grants and how to apply.
USDA Taking Proposals for Regional Conservation Partnership Program
The USDA has made $235 million in funding available through a new Farm Bill program that empowers local communities to work with multiple partners, farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners to design solutions that work best for them. Learn more about how to apply.
Training, Conferences, and Workshops
TCEQ Hosts Dam Safety Workshops
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is holding three one-day dam safety workshops:
• Decatur: June 10, 2015 • Austin: June 25, 2015 • Kilgore: July 8, 2015
- Outreach for Natural Resource Professionals
- Texas Riparian & Stream Ecosystem Workshops
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