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Water Quality Advisory Work Group (WQAWG)

Meeting schedules, agendas, and minutes for this open-participation group which meets quarterly to discuss the development and implementation of water quality rules and regulations.

Based on input from the group, the TCEQ Water Quality Division staff compiles agendas for each meeting. WQAWG provides the TCEQ with expanded knowledge and resources to help with existing and future water quality issues.

Program Updates

Beginning December 2, 2019, we will begin ensuring compliance with the public notice deadlines established in 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §§39.405(a) and 39.405(e). Specifically, applicants must publish the “Notice of Receipt of Application and Intent to Obtain Permit” (NORI) within 30 days and the Notice of Preliminary Decision (NAPD) within 45 days. Proof of publication must be submitted within 30 days of publication.

Failure to publish notice and provide proof of publication within these deadlines may result in the application being returned, in accordance with 30 TAC §39.405(a)(2).

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Call for Comments on the Draft TCEQ Regulatory Guidance Document for Evaluating Regionalization for Potential New Wastewater Systems

TCEQ is inviting you to provide input on the draft TCEQ Regulatory Guidance Document for Evaluating Regionalization for Potential New Wastewater Systems!

TCEQ has developed a draft regulatory guidance document for evaluating regionalization for potential new wastewater systems to be added as part of the regionalization policy. Texas Water Code Sections 26.081 through 26.087 provides Texas’ regionalization policy for wastewater treatment. It states that TCEQ is to implement a policy to “encourage and promote the development and use of regional and area-wide waste collection, treatment, and disposal systems to serve the waste disposal needs of the citizens of the state and to prevent pollution and maintain and enhance the quality of the water in the state.” Therefore, this regulatory guidance document is intended to assist TCEQ technical review staff and the regulated community in implementing the regionalization policy. The guidance document outlines the steps needed to determine if regionalization is a practical option for your development. The document was designed to help TCEQ staff and owners/operators of potential new domestic wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) evaluate the possibility of regionalization, and describe the information needed to evaluate regionalization as a practical option versus building a new, stand-alone wastewater treatment plant.

TCEQ is providing this notification as a courtesy to stakeholders to review and provide informal comments on the regulatory guidance document. Comments on these documents for TCEQ consideration should be submitted no later than October 23, 2022 by email to Outreach@tceq.texas.gov. Please reference “Draft Regionalization Guidance Document” in the title of the email. The TCEQ will not formally respond to any comments submitted but may alter the draft regulatory guidance document in response to any comment submitted prior presenting the draft document to the commissioners.

If you have any questions during this informal comment time frame, please contact Jose Alfonso Martinez III, with the Wastewater Permitting Section via email at jose.martinez@tceq.texas.gov or via phone at (512) 239-4668.

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Participation in the WQAWG

The WQAWG is open to the public and is a voluntary group of participants who meet on a quarterly basis to discuss issues related to water quality, wastewater permits, and wastewater standards. Anyone interested may attend the meeting and participate in the discussion.

The WQAWG currently has representation from water associations, river authorities, academic institutions of higher learning, petroleum and chemical industry, electrical utility industry, agricultural industry, consulting firms, law firms, engineering firms, consumer groups, environmental organizations, public and private treatment plant operators and managers, municipalities, industries, government entities, and individual citizens.

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Notice of Upcoming Stakeholder Meeting

Meeting Agenda:
Date: October 25, 2022
Time: 1:30 p.m.- 4:00 pm
Location: TCEQ Campus
12100 Park 35 Circle
Building E, Room 201S
Austin, Texas 78753
Map
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Free parking is available on the 4th floor of the parking garage located between Buildings E and F. If you are unable to attend in person, the meeting will be available via Live Webcast or on the TCEQ YouTube page.

Webcast attendees: Please submit an email to Outreach@tceq.texas.gov with “WQAWG” in the subject line to let us know you will be in attendance. Please include your Title and Contact Information.

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All past meetings (webcast & virtual) starting January 2019 forward are available by using the TCEQ YouTube channel by clicking on:
https://www.youtube.com/user/TCEQNews. Once YouTube has opened in TCEQNews then search within the site. Search for WQAWG which will bring you to https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=wqawg


WQAWG webcast meetings prior to January 2019 may be found at https://texasadmin.com/tx/tceq/water_quality_advisory/Exit the TCEQ

Future WQAWG Meetings

  • January 24, 2023
  • April 25, 2023
  • July 25, 2023
  • October 24, 2023

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Summaries and Handouts

Summaries, handouts, and attendees from all current and past WQAWG meetings from January 2018 to present.

Most of the files linked below are in portable document format (PDF). (Help with PDF Files.)

Date Agenda/Attendees Summary Handouts/Presentations
September 20, 2022 AgendaMicrosoft Word Document SummaryMicrosoft Word Document
August 23, 2022 AgendaMicrosoft Word Document
January 20, 2022 AgendaMicrosoft Word Document application/pdfSummaryAdobe Acrobat PDF Document YouTube logoVirtual Meeting
October 26, 2021 AgendaMicrosoft Word Document application/pdfSummaryAdobe Acrobat PDF Document YouTube logoVirtual Meeting
Chapter 217 Update PowerpointMicrosoft PowerPoint Document
July 20, 2021 application/pdfAgendaAdobe Acrobat PDF Document application/pdfSummaryAdobe Acrobat PDF Document YouTube logoVirtual Meeting
application/pdfVirtual Meeting Instructional HandoutAdobe Acrobat PDF Document
April 20, 2021 application/pdfAgendaAdobe Acrobat PDF Document application/pdfSummaryAdobe Acrobat PDF Document YouTube logoVirtual Meeting
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January 21, 2021 application/pdfAgendaAdobe Acrobat PDF Document application/pdfSummaryAdobe Acrobat PDF Document YouTube logoVirtual Meeting
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October 20, 2020 application/pdfAgendaAdobe Acrobat PDF Document application/pdfSummary with Q&AAdobe Acrobat PDF Document YouTube logoVirtual Meeting
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July 21, 2020 application/pdfAgendaAdobe Acrobat PDF Document application/pdfSummaryAdobe Acrobat PDF Document
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application/pdfVirtual Meeting Instructional HandoutAdobe Acrobat PDF Document
April 21, 2020 Cancelled due to Agency COVID Policy enacted. Updates will be covered at the July 21, 2020 meeting.
January 21, 2020 application/pdfAgendaAdobe Acrobat PDF Document application/pdfSummaryAdobe Acrobat PDF Document

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Other Water Quality Stakeholder Groups

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Staff Contact

For more information, questions, comments, or to suggest topics for future stakeholder meetings please e-mail your question or comment to Outreach@tceq.texas.gov. Please include "WQAWG" in the subject line of your e-mail.

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