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Continuing Planning Process for Managing Water Quality

Management and technical procedures to control, manage, and abate water pollution in Texas.

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What Is the Continuing Planning Process?

The Continuing Planning Process (CPP) provides the current management and technical procedures developed and implemented by the TCEQ to control, manage, and abate water pollution in Texas. The Clean Water Act, as amended, requires the state to prepare and publish a CPP that describes these procedures, which are developed by the various TCEQ divisions responsible for managing surface water quality.

All series in the CPP — except Series 1, 6, and 11 — were revised in 1997, and were approved by the Environmental Protection Agency in September 1998. In 1999, the commission adopted, and the EPA later approved, changes to Series 1, 6, and 11.

In addition to the document provided above for download, the CPP includes the 303(d) list of impaired waters in the Texas Integrated Report that was most recently approved by the commission, the most recently approved Procedures for Implementing Surface Water Quality Standards through permits, and the agency's most recently published Strategy Table for addressing impaired surface waters.

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Goals and Objectives

The CPP's purpose is to describe the methods the TCEQ employs to protect and maintain water quality for the benefit of Texans. This is accomplished by documenting the TCEQ's procedures and the means it uses to implement planning and management activities. Other activities that play a significant role in water quality management, but which are not currently subject to federal regulation, are also included in the CPP.


The CPP is updated as needed to reflect revisions of federal and state regulations that support the Clean Water Act. The processes described in the CPP embody the commissioners' interpretation of the Act and are the best management practices available to the state in implementing its water pollution control programs.

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Approval by the Environmental Protection Agency

The EPA's approval of these revisions indicates federal concurrence with the state's procedures and approach to implementing specific requirements of the Clean Water Act. The CPP must be approved by the commission and the EPA regional administrator before the regional administrator will approve the state's permit program under Title IV of the Clean Water Act.

For More Information

Please e-mail tmdl@tceq.texas.gov and mention the Continuing Planning Process in the subject line. Or call 512-239-6682 and ask for Louanne Jones.

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