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News from the Texas TMDL Program

News announcements including proposed plans for public comment, approved plans, conferences, and opportunities to submit proposals for contracts.

The TMDL Program sets targets for improved quality in surface waters. Communities in the watersheds work together to develop implementation plans (I-Plans) to achieve those targets.

See the Calendar for the TMDL Program for scheduled stakeholder meetings.

Comment on Update to the Water Quality Management Plan

The public is invited to comment on the January 2018 Update to the Water Quality Management Plan. This update includes an addendum to add two TMDLs for the Guadalupe River Above Canyon Lake, and updates to TMDLs in the Houston-Galveston Area for Lake Houston watersheds, San Jacinto River, and Buffalo and Whiteoak Bayous. Public comment ends March 12, 2018.

Commission Adopts TMDLs, Approves I-Plan

On January 24, 2018, the commission adopted TMDLs for Jarbo Bayou and Tres Palacios Creek, and approved the associated Implementation Plan for Tres Palacios Creek. The Jarbo Bayou TMDL will be implemented through the Houston-Area BIG Implementation Plan.

Commission Adopts Revised Standards

On February 7, 2018, the commissioners adopted a rule package for revisions to the Texas Surface Water Quality Standards. The adopted rule will be published in the February 23, 2018 edition of the Texas Register Exit the TCEQ. The rule will become effective on March 1, 2018.

Training, Events, and Workshops

Texas A&M offers several opportunities for Natural Resource Training Exit the TCEQ and Watershed Planning Exit the TCEQ. Topics include:

  • Outreach for Natural Resource Professionals
  • Texas Riparian & Stream Ecosystem Workshops
  • Introduction to ArcGIS10

Texas AgriLife's Watershed Steward Program Exit the TCEQ is offering an online course Exit the TCEQ. The Texas Watershed Steward (TWS) program provides science-based, watershed education to help citizens identify and take action to address local water quality impairments. Texas Watershed Stewards learn about the nature and function of watersheds, potential impairments, and strategies for watershed protection.

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Send us an e-mail at tmdl@tceq.texas.gov or call 512-239-6682.

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