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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 Proposed I-Plan

The public is invited to comment on the proposed Implementation Plan for Five TMDLs for Bacteria in the Lower San Antonio River. Public comment ends April 23, 2018. See the Lower San Antonio River project webpage for more details.

EPA Approves Amendment to TMDLs

On February 8, the EPA approved an amendment adding two TMDLs for the Mission and Aransas Rivers watershed. The amendment, which was submitted to the EPA via the state's October 2017 Update to the Water Quality Management Plan, adds TMDLs for the Aransas River above Tidal and Poesta Creek (Segments 2004 and 2004B).

Commission Adopts TMDLs, Approves I-Plan

On January 24, 2018, the commission adopted TMDLs for Jarbo Bayou and Tres Palacios Creek, and approved the associated Implementation Plan for Tres Palacios Creek. The Jarbo Bayou TMDL will be implemented through the Houston-Area BIG Implementation Plan.

Commission Adopts Revised Standards

On February 7, 2018, the commissioners adopted a rule package for revisions to the Texas Surface Water Quality Standards. The adopted rule will be published in the February 23, 2018 edition of the Texas Register Exit the TCEQ. The rule will become effective on March 1, 2018.

Training, Events, and Workshops

Texas A&M offers several opportunities for Natural Resource Training Exit the TCEQ 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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Send us an e-mail at tmdl@tceq.texas.gov or call 512-239-6682.

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