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News from the Texas TMDL Program

News announcements including proposed TMDLs or I-Plans for public comment, adopted TMDLs or approved I-Plans, and training opportunities.

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.

TCEQ Releases Final Report on Dioxin Contamination in the Houston Ship Channel and Upper Galveston Bay

TCEQ has completed and released its report Source Characterization of Dioxin Loads in the Houston Ship Channel and Upper Galveston Bay, AS-192." See the final report in the "Project Documents" section of the Houston Ship Channel and Upper Galveston Bay Dioxin project webpage.

Stakeholders Meet in the Houston and San Antonio Areas to Discuss Status of TMDL Implementation

Stakeholders in the Houston and the San Antonio areas will meet December 1, 2020, to discuss the status of TMDL implementation in their watersheds. 

Comment on Update to the Water Quality Management Plan

The public is invited to comment on the Draft October 2020 WQMP update. The draft WQMP includes proposed withdrawal of TMDLs for Nickel in the Houston Ship Channel System, an addendum to TMDLs for Bacteria in Lake Houston Upstream Watersheds, updates to bacteria TMDLs for the San Jacinto River, East and West Forks, and Upper Oyster Creek, along with dissolved oxygen TMDLs for Upper Oyster Creek. The public comment period ends December 9, 2020.

Training, Events, and Workshops

Texas Water Resources Institute is offering a new workshop titled "Stakeholder Facilitation – Working with Stakeholders to Move the Process Forward." The class will be held online on November 9-10, 2020. See the course agendaExit the TCEQ; direct questions to Nathan Glavy. Course cost is only $50; register onlineExit the TCEQ.

Texas A&M offers several opportunities for training in various aspects of Watershed PlanningExit the TCEQ.

Texas Water Resources Institute offers training in Urban Riparian and Stream RestorationExit the TCEQ.

Texas AgriLife's Watershed Steward ProgramExit the TCEQ offers an online courseExit the TCEQ.

Contact the TMDL Program

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

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