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Rulemaking: Best Management Practices for Sand Mining in the San Jacinto River Watershed

Rulemaking to include a new subchapter in 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 311 related to establishing best management practices for sand mining within the San Jacinto Watershed.

Rulemaking Petitions

The Texas Aggregates and Concrete Association (TACA) and the Lake Houston Area Grassroots Flood Prevention Initiative (FPI) filed separate petitions for rulemaking with TCEQ on June 15, 2020, and June 23, 2020, respectively. Both organizations recommended the TCEQ adopt a new rule that would establish best management practices (BMPs) for commercial sand mining and other lawful purposes within the San Jacinto Watershed. The commission approved the two petitions to initiate rulemaking with stakeholder involvement on August 12, 2020.

  • View the petition for rulemaking filed by TACA on June 15, 2020.
  • View the petition for rulemaking filed by FPI on June 23, 2020.

UPDATEThe proposed rule was published in the Texas Register on June 25, 2021, for a 30-day public comment period. Comments on the proposed rule may be submitted by July 27, 2021, electronically or by mail to:
Ms. Lee Bellware
MC-205, Office of Legal Services, TCEQ, P.O. Box 13087
Austin, TX 78711-3087
All comments should reference Rule Project Number 2020-048-311-OW.

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Sand Mining BMPs Guidance Document

In conjunction with this rulemaking, TCEQ is developing a guidance document of BMPs for sand mining facilities in the San Jacinto River Watershed.

UPDATE A draft of this document was presented to stakeholders during the stakeholder meeting on July 20, 2021. Stakeholders have until August 19, 2021, to submit written comments on the draft BMPs document.
Written comments should be submitted to with the subject line “BMPs Guidance Document.”

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Notice of Upcoming Stakeholder Meeting

There are no upcoming stakeholder meetings planned at this time.

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Notice of Upcoming Public Hearing

Title: Sand Mining Rule Public Hearing - Rule Project Number 2020-048-311-OW
Date: July 22, 2021
Time: 2:00 PM CDT
Location: Virtual Meeting Via Microsoft Teams Live
Public Participation:

Individuals who plan to attend the hearing and want to provide oral comments and/or want their attendance on record must register by Friday, July 16, 2021. To register for the hearing, please email and provide the following information: your name, your affiliation, your email address, your phone number, and whether or not you plan to provide oral comments during the hearing.

Instructions for participating in the hearing will be sent on July 19, 2021, to those who register for the hearing.

For the public who do not wish to provide oral comments but would like to view the hearing may do so at no cost at: the TCEQ

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Summaries, Agendas, and Handouts

Summaries, agendas, handouts, and attendees lists from all current and past stakeholder meetings. Most of the files linked below are in portable document format (PDF). (Help with PDF Files).

Date Agenda/Attendees Summary Handouts/Presentations
July 20, 2021 Agenda
List of Attendees
A recording of the meeting is available on the TCEQ YouTube Channel.
November 10, 2020 AgendaAdobe Acrobat PDF Document
List of attendeesAdobe Acrobat PDF Document

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Contact the Program

To be added to the stakeholder list for future meetings and correspondence on this rulemaking, or if you have other comments or questions, please send an e-mail to Please include “Sand Mining Rulemaking” in the subject line of your e-mail.

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