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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 the 2017 NPS Management Program

The public is invited to comment on the Texas Nonpoint Source Management Program, the state's comprehensive strategy to protect and restore water quality in streams, lakes, and bays affected by NPS pollution. The Management Program was last updated in 2012.

The TCEQ and the TSSWCB will accept comments until June 12, 2017. June 1, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. in Building E, Room 201S, at the commission's central office located at 12100 Park 35 Circle, Austin, Texas.

Comment on the Update to the Water Quality Management Plan

The public is invited to comment on the April 2017 Update to the state's Water Quality Management Plan. The April 2017 Update includes updates to the TMDLs for Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries, Greens Bayou and Tributaries, and Lake Houston area watersheds. These TMDLs are all part of the BIG Houston-Galveston region Implementation Plan and TMDLs. Comments are due no later than 5:00 p.m. on June 12, 2017.

Training, Events, and Workshops

TCEQ's Environmental Trade Fair is coming up May 16-17 at the Austin Convention Center. Find out more about the conference or register today.

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 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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