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Surface Water Quality Standards Advisory Work Group

This open-participation group will meet several times to advise the TCEQ about revising the standards for 2021 and methods for implementing the revised standards in permits

2021 Revision

For information regarding the 2021 revision of the Texas Surface Water Quality Standards, please visit the Revising the Texas Surface Water Quality Standards webpage

About the Work Group

The Surface Water Quality Standards Advisory Work Group (SWQSAWG) provides guidance on options available for revising the Texas Surface Water Quality Standards (30 TAC Chapter 307) and the Procedures to Implement the Texas Surface Water Quality Standards, RG-194 (Implementation Standards).

The work group’s guidance is sought on various topics, including nutrient criteria development and application, changes to toxic criteria per EPA criteria updates, implementation of EPA’s guidance on recreational indicators and uses, and site-specific criteria changes to classified and unclassified water bodies.

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Participating in the SWQSAWG

The members of the SWQSAWG are selected so that the group is balanced, as required under Section 5.107 of the Texas Water Code. The meetings are open to the public, and anyone interested in changes to the Texas Surface Water Quality Standards is welcome to attend.

The Work Group has representatives from water associations, agricultural industry, engineering firms, environmental organizations, consumer groups, and government organizations.

To receive e-mails regarding the SWQSAWG, please join our list service. Click to subscribe Exit the TCEQ

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Upcoming Meeting Announcements

No future stakeholder meetings are scheduled at this time. For more information regarding the draft timeline for the 2021 revision of the Standards, please visit the Revising the Texas Surface Water Quality Standards page. Any additional information or notifications will be communicated to the workgroup via the SWQSAWG listserv e-mail.

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Recent SWQSAWG Meeting Agendas, Summaries, Presentations, and Handouts

June 29, 2020

March 9, 2020

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Documents from SWQSAWG Meetings Associated With Previous Revision Cycles

Please see records of previous meetings on the SWQSAWG Documents and Handouts page.

Staff Contacts

For further information on the Standards, please contact Ms. Debbie Miller, Water Quality Planning Division, at (512) 239-1703. For further information on the Implementation Procedures, please contact Mr.Peter Schaefer, Water Quality Division, at (512) 239-4372.

If you have any questions concerning the workgroup or need special accommodations at a meeting, please contact Ms. Miller.

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