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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

The Bacteria Implementation Group for the Houston–Galveston region just released its 2014 BIG Annual Report on the progress of their plan to reduce bacteria in Houston–Galveston area waterways. Learn more about the status of the BIG's plan and link to the annual report Adobe Acrobat PDF Document.

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Comment on Recreational Use Attainability Analysis Reports

The TCEQ will accept comments through January 12, 2015, on several draft Recreational Use Attainability Analysis (RUAA) reports. Submit your comments  by e-mail to or by mail to Joe Martin, MC-234, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, TX 78711. The reports for comment are listed below.

Brazos River Basin

Trinity Basin

Nueces River Basins (20,21,22)

Loans and Cost Sharing

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) is soliciting applications Exit the TCEQ for low-cost loans to help communities develop and optimize water supplies under an initiative called SWIFT. Applications are due by February 3, 2015.

2015 TWDB Financial Assistance Workshops Exit the TCEQ (RSVP) will be held throughout the state in January on the upcoming funding cycle for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds and the new State Water Implementation Fund (SWIFT). These funding sources are available for stormwater and nonpoint source projects as well as standard water and wastewater utility financing.

The TWDB is also soliciting applications Exit the TCEQ for projects from eligible groundwater conservation districts. Funding is for cost-share of water use monitoring equipment in groundwater conservation districts that have rules requiring metering of groundwater withdrawals. Applications are due by noon on March 11, 2015.

Take Care of Texas Elementary Art Contest

Take Care of Texas, a program of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and Samsung Austin Semiconductor invite K-5 students in Texas to submit their artwork showing how they, their friends and their families help keep the air and water clean, conserve water and energy, and reduce waste.

One grand-prize winner will receive a Samsung laptop, and 15 students will win a Samsung tablet. One lucky teacher of the 16 winners will be randomly selected to win a Samsung tablet.

The contest begins January 5, 2015; artwork must be received by March 6, 2015. For contest details, visit TakeCareOfTexas.org/art-contest or email .

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Upcoming Events and New Publications

Publications

The Winter 2014 issue of txH2O Exit the TCEQ from the Texas Water Resources Institute is out. This issue focuses on the key connection between rural private lands, and land and water stewardship. According to Dr. Roel Lopez, TWRI interim director, "Texas is losing working lands faster than all other states, and this rapid loss of working lands has tremendous implications for our state's water - both its quality and quantity."

The USGS provides Water Data for the Nation Exit the TCEQ through their online database. Search for data by site or by category.

Events

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

January 20-21, 2015. Introduction to ARC GIS 10 course at Texas A&M in College Station. The course teaches the range of functionality of the software and the essential tools for visualizing, creating, managing and analyzing geographic data

Texas A&M offers several other opportunities 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

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Conferences

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. 

February 11-13, 2015, Austin, Texas. Urban Riparian Symposium. Sponsored by the Texas Riparian Association. The conference provides an opportunity for natural resource professionals to share ideas and discuss management and policy issues, lessons learned in urban riparian and stream planning, assessment, design, construction, and evaluation.

May 17-20, 2015. 14th National Watershed Conference and National Watershed Program Partner Summit, Ft. Worth, Texas. The conference will address both current and future water resource issues related to conservation, management, water quality and flood protection on a watershed scale. Deadline to submit abstracts of paper is January 16, 2015.

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Contact Us

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

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

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