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Improving Austin Streams: I-Plan Update

Information about the meetings of the Austin Area Watersheds I-Plan Update Stakeholder Group. This group formed in June 2021 to update the TMDL 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 are working on developing a new five-year plan to reduce bacteria concentrations in the affected Austin streams. As part of that process, they will look at the success of their original five-year plan and adapt or add new programs or activities as needed. Read more about the original I-Plan on Austin Area Watersheds: A Community Project to Protect Recreational Uses.

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 Meetings

The Stakeholder Group will meet regularly to develop their plan, tentatively through August 2022. Everyone is welcome to attend the stakeholder meetings. 

UPDATENext Meeting

May 4, 2022
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

If you wish to attend the meeting and did not receive an invitation, email the project facilitator, Suzanne Schwartz, to find out how to join the meeting. 

Meeting Records

May 4, 2022

March 24, 2022

February 22, 2022 Meeting

December 16, 2021 Meeting

September 29, 2021 Meeting

August 17, 2021 Meeting

June 24, 2021 Meeting

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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
Programs
Austin Neighborhoods Council
Lone Star Chapter, Sierra Club
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

Nina 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
Lone Star Chapter, Sierra Club Alex Ortiz 

Contact the TMDL Program

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

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