TCEQ TAKING PUBLIC COMMENTS ON
2012 TEXAS INTEGRATED REPORT OF SURFACE WATER QUALITY
In compliance with Sections 305(b) and 303(d) of the Federal Clean Water Act (CWA), the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) evaluates water bodies in the state and identifies those that do not meet the uses and criteria defined in the Texas Surface Water Quality Standards (TSWQS). The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) directs each state to document and submit the results of its evaluation to the EPA biennially, in even-numbered years. The TCEQ has recently released the 2012 Texas Integrated Report of Surface Water Quality, available at http://www.tceq.texas.gov/waterquality/assessment/12twqi/twqi12.
The integrated report describes the status of water quality in all surface water bodies in Texas. The TCEQ uses the data collected during the most recent seven- to ten-year period. The data is gathered by many different organizations, and the quality of waters described in the integrated report represents a snapshot of conditions of these water bodies. Of note, one of the sections of this report, the 303(d) list, identifies impaired surface waters for which Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) are needed.
Comments must be submitted to the TCEQ by 5:00 p.m. on November 19, 2012, via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.