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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 Draft Update to the Water Quality Management Plan

The TCEQ requests comments on the draft January Update to the Water Quality Management Plan. The January draft has updates to TMDLs in the Houston area. All comments must be received at the TCEQ no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 13, 2017.

EPA Approves TMDLs

On December 7, 2016, the EPA approved TMDLs for bacteria in Mountain Creek Lake Upstream Watersheds, at which time they became part of the state's Water Quality Management Plan.

On October 7, 2016, the EPA approved the TMDLs for bacteria in the San Jacinto River, East and West Forks, Lake Houston, and Crystal Creek, at which time they became part of the state's Water Quality Management Plan.

Commission Adopts TMDLs

On November 2, 2016, the commission adopted four TMDLs for Watersheds Upstream of Mountain Creek Lake. See this TMDL report on the Web page for the Greater Trinity River project TMDLs.

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Training, Events, 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 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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