News from the Texas TMDL Program
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.
Commission Adopts TMDLs
On August 24, the commission adopted seven TMDLs for the San Jacinto River, East and West Forks; Lake Houston; and Crystal Creek. See this TMDL report on the Web page for the Houston-Galveston Bacteria project TMDLs.
Communities Working Together
The Upper Guadalupe River Authority (UGRA) hosted its 13th annual River Clean Up on Saturday, July 28, 2016. A record 443 participants collected 9,200 pounds of trash. Read the UGRA's recap of the event and check out their slide show . Learn about the TMDL project for the Guadalupe River Above Canyon Lake.
Comment on the Water Quality Management Plan
The TCEQ requests comments on the July 2016 Update to the WQMP. The comment period is August 5 through September 6. The July Update contains an addendum to the Dickinson Bayou bacteria TMDLs. It also includes updates to TMDLs for Buffalo and Whiteoak Bayous, Clear Creek and Tributaries, Lake Houston Watersheds, and Petronila Creek.
Riparian Workshops in August
Stakeholders in the Oso Creek and Bay watershed have the opportunity to attend riparian workshops in August 2016. There are two workshops presented by the Nueces River Authority. The first is August 25 for those with an interest in urban areas. The second, on August 30, is for those interested in rural areas. Both workshops run from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., with a presentation in the morning and a field trip in the afternoon. See the workshop flyer for more information. See also our Web page about the Oso Creek TMDL project.
Requests for NPS Grant Applications
The TCEQ has posted its Request for Grant Applications (RFGA) for Fiscal Year 2017 nonpoint source projects under the Clean Water Act Section 319(h) Grant Program. Applications will be accepted until September 1, 2016 at 3:00 pm CT. See how to apply.
Training, Events, and Workshops
- Outreach for Natural Resource Professionals
- Texas Riparian & Stream Ecosystem Workshops
- Introduction to ArcGIS10
Texas AgriLife's Watershed Steward Program is offering an online course . 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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