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.
Educational Activities Energize Nueces Basin Stakeholders
Stakeholders have been learning a great deal about their watersheds in recent months, and there's more to come. Like "Riparian for Lunch," where folks gather to share a meal and learn about the Oso Bay and Creek watershed. "I'll never look at my creek the same way again," say many who've attended. More meetings are coming up through August.
On July 30th, Texas Stream Team will host a meeting for people who are interested in monitoring the health of waterways in the Nueces Basin. Texas Stream Team is a statewide network of citizen monitors that gives folks the opportunity to see how local activities affect water quality.
TMDL Stakeholders Taking Care of the Upper Coast
From April 18 through May 18, the stakeholders who created the plan to reduce bacteria in waters along the Upper Gulf Coast received comments from the public on their plan. Community stakeholders representing many local interests worked cooperatively on the plan to improve water quality in the oyster waters of the area. The commission is scheduled to consider final approval of the plan at their August 19th meeting.
The stakeholders and TCEQ held two meetings to receive oral comments on the plan. At those meetings, the stakeholders who formulated the plan got valuable information from the people who attended. They were also able to share with area residents the things that are already being done to improve oyster waters.
It's Hurricane Season Again
USDA Taking Proposals for Regional Conservation Partnership Program
The USDA has made $235 million in funding available through a new Farm Bill program that empowers local communities to work with multiple partners, farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners to design solutions that work best for them. Proposal are due July 8, 2015. Learn more about how to apply.
Take Care of Texas License Plate
Put a Take Care of Texas license plate on your vehicle, motorcycle or trailer and show everyone on the road that you Take Care of Texas. $22 of the $30 plate fee goes to support environmental education through the Take Care of Texas program. You don't need to wait until your current plate expires to purchase a new one.
Training, Conferences, and Workshops
TCEQ Hosts Dam Safety Workshops
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is holding three one-day dam safety workshops:
• Austin: June 25, 2015 • Kilgore: July 8, 2015
July 8, 2015. Introduction to Watershed Modeling. Austin Texas. Presented by Texas Water Resources Institute, this training introduces water professionals to infomration about soil and water assessment tools, load duration curves, and other commonly used models for assessing pollutant loading in watersheds.See the full agenda and register online.
July 28-29, 2015 or August 4-5, 2015. WRAP Fundamentals Short Course . College Station. The Water Rights Analysis Package (WRAP) is a generalized modeling system for simulating the development, management, allocation, and use of the water resources of a river basin. The TCEQ's Water Availability Modeling System consists of WRAP along with input datasets.The two-day course, designed for engineers and scientists employed by water agencies and consulting firms, is primarily for new users or those needing a refresher. The course is offered by the Texas Water Resources Institute. See the agenda and get the registration form for this course.
- Outreach for Natural Resource Professionals
- Texas Riparian & Stream Ecosystem Workshops
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