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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.
Charlene Bohanon with kids at Earth Day/Bay Day

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.

new Commission to Consider TMDLs and I-Plans

Three documents are going before the commission for final action in August 2015.

On August 5, the commission will consider approving the I-Plan for bacteria, dissolved oxygen, and pH in Orange County Watersheds (Adams and Cow Bayous). They will also consider adopting the TMDLs for bacteria in Armand Bayou and approving their inclusion in the BIG I-Plan.

On August 19, the commission will consider approving the I-Plan for bacteria in waters of the Upper Texas Gulf Coast

new TCEQ Requests Grant Applications

Applications will be accepted until September 4, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. for 2016 nonpoint source grants. These grants are made available through the Clean Water Act Section 319 grant program.

Access the request for proposals through the Electronic State Business Daily website. In the "Browse Postings" section, in the line for "Agency Requisition Number," enter 582-15-55292, and click "GO." The RFGA web page contains links for "Package 1," the RFGA instructions, ranking criteria, timetable, and other important information, and "Package 2," the application form in Word format.

Questions about the request for proposals must be submitted in writing by July 31, 2015 to Adrian Kyle, by email at or by fax at 512-239-0823. Answers to these questions will be posted in an Addendum on the TCEQ's grants Web page by August 7, 2015, where you can also find general information about the grant program.

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new Texas receives RESTORE Trust Funds

Texas is the first state in the nation to receive a federal award from the RESTORE Trust Fund. The money will go towards two centers—Texas OneGulf at Texas A&M Corpus Christi and the Subsea Systems Institute at the University of Houston— which will split an initial $4.036 million.

The federal RESTORE Act requires the five Gulf states affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill to establish centers to conduct research on the Gulf Coast region. TCEQ's Commissioner Baker, Texas' represents Texas on the RESTORE Council and manages the implementation of the RESTORE Act in Texas.

For more information, visit RestoreTheTexasCoast.org Exit the TCEQ.

It's Hurricane Season

Refresh your knowledge about how to prepare for a hurricane and how to evacuate before a storm Exit the TCEQ hits your area. The AgriLife Extension Service offers information about what to do after a disaster.

new New Composting Video

Composting is a great way to not only nourish your soil but reduce waste and save a little money. Take Care of Texas presents the video "How to Start Composting in Your Own Backyard."  Travis County Master Gardener Patricia Mokry demonstrates a number of simple ways you can begin or improve your backyard compost pile.

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Training, Conferences, and Workshops

July 28-29, 2015 or August 4-5, 2015. WRAP Fundamentals Short Course Exit the TCEQ. College Station. The Water Rights Analysis Package (WRAP) is a generalized modeling system for simulating the development, management, allocation, and use of the water resources of a river basin. The TCEQ's Water Availability Modeling System consists of WRAP along with input datasets.The two-day course, designed for engineers and scientists employed by water agencies and consulting firms, is primarily for new users or those needing a refresher. The course is offered by the Texas Water Resources Institute. See the agenda Exit the TCEQ and get the registration form Exit the TCEQ for this course.

August 6-7, 2015. Fundamentals of Developing a Water Quality Monitoring Plan Exit the TCEQ. College Station. This two-day course is designed for all levels of staff that would be developing surface water quality monitoring plans for both (1) watershed characterization and (2) evaluation of water quality improvements and BMP effectiveness from implementation activities. See the agenda Exit the TCEQ and get the registration form Exit the TCEQ for this course.

Texas A&M offers several opportunities for Natural Resource Training and Watershed Planning Exit the TCEQ. Topics include:

  • Outreach for Natural Resource Professionals
  • Texas Riparian & Stream Ecosystem Workshops

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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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communities working together taking care of our rivers, lakes, and bays

 

Applications will be accepted until September 4, 2015 at 3:00 pm