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Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has announced that it received EPA approval of the draft general permit for Phase II (Small) MS4s on July 31, 2018. The public notice was published in the Texas Register and 13 newspapers across the state Friday, August 24, 2018 . The draft permit and fact sheet have been released, initiating the 30-day public review and comment period (August 24, 2018-September 24, 2018).

TCEQ has stated that...

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Update on Stormwater General Permit TXR040000

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) continues to negotiate with the EPA regarding provisions for the upcoming renewal of the Phase II (Small) MS4 5-year permit, which requires cities and other public entities in populated areas to implement a stormwater quality program. The current permit is scheduled to expire in December, and the draft renewal permit’s scheduled April release for public review and comment this month appears to...

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now requesting Letters of Interest for water infrastructure projects across the country for consideration under the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program with as much as $5.5 billion in loans available.

Those seeking WIFIA credit assistance must submit a letter of interest by July 6.

WIFIA credit can be used for a wide range of projects, including drinking water treatment and distribution...

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Note: This is the first part in a series. Read part two here.

Securing a safe and reliable source of water is a primary goal for any municipality. This is especially so in Texas, which in recent years has experienced record-breaking droughts and population growth.

Currently, Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) population growth estimates predict an additional 12 million people in Texas by 2050. Coupled with the Environmental Protection Agency prediction of...

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The TCEQ Water Quality Advisory Work Group Meeting (WQAWG) provided an update on the status of the TCEQ General Permit for Phase II (Small) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit renewal.

The current Phase II permit will expire on Dec. 13. TCEQ is actively coordinating with the EPA as part of the permit renewal process.

TCEQ submitted the draft permit to the EPA, and received an objection letter, citing specifically:

The...

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In an effort to be more transparent with the public, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched the Clean Water Act Jurisdictional Determination Website . This website allows the public to search for jurisdictional determinations (JD) that have been approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the EPA since August 28, 2015 using an interactive mapping tool and database. The tool also allows the user to filter the data by geographic location or...

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The 16th Annual EPA Region 6 Conference is coming up soon in Fort Worth, from July 27 to August 1. Don't miss these Freese and Nichols papers, presentations and posters.

Wednesday, July 30

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. New Directions for integrated Stormwater Management (iSWM) Updates: Using an Outcome-Based Strategy to Encourage Participation in North Texas Lesley Brooks, PE, CFM and Jack Tidwell, NCTCOG 2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Adjust Your Lens to Bring...

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Brief summary of court action

A U.S. District judge ruled on January 3 that the Clean Water Act does not allow the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to designate water as a water pollutant or a pollutant surrogate, and thus the amount of flow cannot be restricted by EPA for water quality protection purposes. EPA had implemented flow volume controls as a proxy to reduce sediment issues in an impaired tributary of the Potomac...

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