A New Approach - Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

A New Approach - Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

TMDLs and Storm Water Kerry Niemann Total Maximum Daily Load Program Texas Commission on Environmental Quality 9/23/15 TMDL Requirements Texas is required under the federal Clean Water Act to list impaired waters and to take action to restore them. Impaired waters are identified every two years on the Texas Integrated Report of Surface Water Quality .

A surface water body is considered impaired if it does not meet the criteria for support of one or more of its beneficial uses, as defined in the Texas Surface Water Quality Standards. (307.1307.10 TAC) Texas TMDL Program TMDL Total Maximum Daily Load Determines the maximum amount (load) of a pollutant that a water body can receive and still maintain uses Allocates load to broad categories of sources

Implementation Plan A stakeholder developed plan to improve water quality that includes a description of regulatory and voluntary management measures Goal is to implement the plan and achieve sustainability from stakeholders to continue to improve and protect water quality over time A New Approach

303(d) Vision Developed in 2011 by the States and EPA A strategy to improve on the TMDL approach to addressing impairments TMDLs are still important and required, but the new Vision also gives credit for trying alternative restoration efforts first; if standards are then met, a TMDL is not needed Will be built into the National Water Program

Guidance 303(D) VISION Prioritization - Review, systematically prioritize, and report priority watersheds or waters for restoration and protection Assessment - Identify the extent of healthy and CWA Section 303(d) impaired waters in each States priority watersheds or waters through site-specific assessments Protection - Identify protection planning priorities and approaches along with

schedules to help prevent water quality degradation or impairments in healthy waters Alternatives - Use alternative approaches, in addition to TMDLs, that actively engage the public and other stakeholders to improve and protect water quality Engagement - Engage the public and stakeholders to improve and protect water quality Integration -

Identify and coordinate implementation of key point source and nonpoint source control actions that foster effective integration across all applicable State programs, Federal departments and agencies NEW PERFORMANCE MEASURE Based on the 303(d) Vision Developed by the States and EPA in 2013 Replaces the current, number of TMDLs per year, measure A 7 year effort - 2016 to 2022 The goal is approved plans for impairments PRIORITY WATERS

Contact Recreation Use Impairments Greater than 45% of the 2014 303(d) list are contact recreation impaired segments Every River Basin in Texas has at least one contact recreation impairment Builds on the experience developed in the last several years Stakeholders, Partners, Resources, Momentum PRIORITY WATERS

TARGETS 2016 - 2022 The Focus is on Water Quality Improvement Plans Approved plans include TCEQ adopted and EPA approved TMDLs with TCEQ approved Implementation Plans EPA accepted Watershed Protection Plans Other EPA approved approaches

States identify annual commitments in each fiscal year GENERAL APPROACH 7 years to complete the plans Years 1-3 Initial outreach to raise awareness in the watershed Determine if a Recreational Use Attainability Analyses (RUAAs) and additional sampling are needed

If needed, complete the RUAAs and sampling GENERAL APPROACH Years 3-7 Obtain stakeholder consensus on what approach will be used to develop plans Develop plans

TMDLs/Implementation Plans Watershed Protection Plans Both Other Plans Water quality improvement plans developed by stakeholders in the affected watershed. Plans are collaborative and involve a wide variety of interests/stakeholders.

Citizens, watershed interest groups, state, local, and federal agencies, regulated organizations Plans Coordination Committees Balanced representation of interests in the watershed Responsible for submitting the plan to the TCEQ for review and approval Identify and organize Work Groups to represent interests

To develop implementation actions Develop the plan Promote the plan to gain cooperation in the watershed Obtain letters of support from organizations in the watershed Submit plan to TCEQ or EPA for approval Plans Plans

describe the activities that will be implemented over a specific time period by the stakeholders to improve water quality. Strategy for continuing the effort is crucial. Stakeholders meet annually to review progress The stakeholders revise the plan as needed

Implementation Plans It is the folks in the watershed who contribute to the development of the Implementation Plan that determine what will be required to manage the loads from all sources including storm water. So get involved. For More Information On TMDLs Visit the TCEQ TMDL Program Website: http://www.tceq.texas.gov/waterquality/tmdl/index.html Kerry Niemann

[email protected] (512) 239-0483 QUESTIONS? Communities Working Together Taking Care of Our Rivers, Lakes, and Bays TCEQ Total Maximum Daily Load Program

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