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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.

Comment on Draft Water Quality Management Plan

The commission requests comments from the public on the October 2015 Draft Update to the Water Quality Management Plan. The October Update include revisions to TMDLs for Buffalo and Whiteoak Bayous, Eastern Houston Watersheds, and Watersheds Upstream of Lake Houston in the Houston–Galveston Area, along with Lake O' the Pines, Upper Gulf Coast, and the San Antonio Area. Comments are due by December 22, 2015.

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Grants and Loans

The TCEQ's Texas Emission Reduction Program (TERP) is accepting applications for New Technology Implementation Grants. The program provides up to $3.5 million in grants for eligible individuals and businesses who build, own, and operate new technologies to reduce emissions from point sources or store electricity related to renewable energy.

The Texas Water Development Board will open the application period for the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) financial assistance program on December 1, 2015. To be eligible for the upcoming round of SWIFT, projects must be included in the adopted 2016 Regional Water Plans and the subsequent 2017 State Water Plan. This loan program helps communities develop and optimize water supplies at cost-effective rates.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is accepting proposals for the Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant program, funded in part by EPA. Approximately $2.1 million in funding is available to support projects such as stormwater management, addressing water scarcity, and water protection and restoration projects in local communities. Applications are due by February 3, 2016.

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Training, Conferences, and Workshops

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
  • Introduction to ArcGIS10

Texas AgriLife's Watershed Steward Program Exit the TCEQ is offering a new 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.

January 13-14, 2016, Galveston, Texas. Register now for the 10th State of the Bay Symposium. Learn about the state of Galveston Bay and activities to preserve it. Early registration closes December 11, 2015. See agenda and register online.

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