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Austin Streams I-Plan Update

The Austin Area Watersheds Implementation Plan (I-Plan) Stakeholder Group formed in June 2021 to update the total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) I-Plan for bacteria in Austin-area streams for a second five-year period through 2027. The I-Plan and the TMDLs together provide the road map for improving water quality in the affected streams.

In all its projects, TCEQ gathers opinion and information from people who live or work in a watershed. TCEQ uses the term "stakeholders" to refer to individuals and organizations that use a water resource, or contribute or control pollution to it. This includes people who represent government, permitted facilities, agriculture, business, environmental, and community and private interests in the watershed. 

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See also: Resources for the Austin Watersheds I-Plan Update

About the I-Plan Update

Austin Area stakeholders developed a new five-year plan to reduce bacteria concentrations in the affected Austin streams, which was submitted to the TCEQ in August 2022. As part of that process, they looked at the success of their original five-year plan and adapted and added new programs or activities as needed. Read more about the original I-Plan and the updated I-Plan on the Austin Area Watersheds: A Community Project to Protect Recreational Uses webpage.

The kickoff meeting of the group was held on June 24, 2021. Stakeholders representing the organizations that worked together to develop the original I-Plan in 2014 were invited to attend. At the first meeting, those present identified other interest groups they would like to have represented and discussed the general process and goals for the group.

Meetings about the Austin Watersheds project are open to everyone; however, decisions will be made only by participating members according to an agreement they will develop for the operation of their group. Public participation in the group requires a significant commitment of resources and time from both TCEQ and stakeholders. This commitment is crucial to the success of the revised I-Plan. Read about what it means to participate in TMDL and I-Plan projects.

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Stakeholder Representation

Member Organizations

Organization Department
City of Austin Watershed Protection
Austin Water
Parks and Recreation
Field Operations
University of Texas at Austin Environmental Health Services
Travis County Transportation and Natural Resources
Lower Colorado River Authority Clean Rivers Program
Texas Department of Transportation
Austin Parks Foundation Mission
Austin Neighborhoods Council
Colorado River Alliance
Environment Texas
People Organized in Defense of Earth and Her Resources (PODER)
Shoal Creek Conservancy
Waller Creek Greenway Conservancy
The Atwell Group, representing the Austin Association of Home Builders

Advisory Member Organizations

Organization Department
U.T. Center for Public Policy Facilitator
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Total Maximum Daily Load Program
Region 11 Field Office
Stormwater Permits Program

Coordination Committee Members

Organization Name
City of Austin Watershed Protection Julie White
City of Austin, Austin Water Tammy West
City of Austin, Parks and Recreation D'Anne Williams
Travis County, Transportation and Natural Resource David Peyton
University of Texas at Austin Environmental Health Services Nena Anderson
Texas Department of Transportation Zach Lanfear
Shoal Creek Conservancy Sierra DaSilva
Austin Parks Foundation Kathleen Barron
Austin Neighborhoods Council Joyce Basciano
Home Builders Association of Greater Austin Hank Smith
Lower Colorado River Authority Lisa Benton
Environment Texas Luke Metzger
People Organized in Defense of Earth and Her Resources Susana Almanza
Colorado River Alliance Adrienne Longenecker
Waterloo Greenway Chris Perkes

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Meeting Records

Meeting Date  Meeting Records  Meeting Date Meeting Records
July 18, 2022 December 16, 2021
May 26, 2022 September 29, 2021
May 4, 2022 August 17, 2021
March 24, 2022 June 24, 2021
February 22, 2022  

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Contact the TMDL Program

Please email and mention Austin Area Watersheds in the subject line. Or call us at 512-239-6682.

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