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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

Here are just a couple of ways that stakeholders in TMDL watersheds are succeeding in taking care of their waterways.

Carters Creek citizen scientists Exit the TCEQ help map local water impairment issues. Learn more about the Carters Creek TMDL project.

Stakeholders in the Corpus Christi Bay watershed gathered in June 2014 to mark storm drains in the city, reminding residents that what goes into the drain winds up in the bay. See a photo gallery on our Corpus Christi TMDL Project page.

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.

Water Utilities Jurisdiction Transfers to the Public Utilities Commission

On Sept. 1, the TCEQ's jurisdiction over several water utility programs transferred to the Public Utility Commission (PUC), as required by the PUC’s Sunset legislation (HB 1600) adopted in 2013. Find out more about the responsibilities that transferred.  

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Honor Environmental Stewardship

Nominations are requested for the: 

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.

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Grant and Loan Opportunities

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.

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.

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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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.

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Upcoming Events

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

Campus Rainworks Challenge. Registration is open through October 3, 2014 for EPA's third annual Green Infrastructure (GI) / Low Impact Development (LID) design challenge for college and university students.

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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Training and Workshops

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 events@tceq.texas.gov.

September 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 24, 2014, Anahuac, Texas. Free Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Workshop for the Double Bayou Watershed.

September 24 and 25, 2014. Free Landowner Stream and Riparian Workshops in Stephenville (24th) and Waco (25th), including a site visit along the Bosque River. RSVP by 9/19. Register online or contact Jenna Walker at or 254-644-7663.

September - October 2014. Free Course: Homeowner Maintenance of Septic Systems, from Texas AgriLife Extension. Presentations will cover the treatment processes, health and safety considerations, inspecting the treatment system, care and feeding of the system, and maintenance procedures.

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 8, 2014, Corpus Christi, Texas. Free Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Workshop for the Lower Nueces River and Petronila and Oso Creeks Watersheds.

October 14, 2014, Jourdanton, Texas. Free Texas Watershed Steward Workshop, from Texas AgriLife Extension. This workshop focuses on stewardship of the Atascosa and Frio rivers. Register online or with Dale Rankin at 830-769-3066, dw-rankin@tamu.edu; or Galen Roberts at 979-862-8070, .

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Conferences

October 17-19, 2014, Alpine Texas. Ecological Restoration in the Southwest sponsored by the Society for Ecological Restoration. Several field trips are available as part of this conference.

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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Contact Us

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

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