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From the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Newsroom

In a shared announcement on Tuesday, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) unveiled a statewide public service campaign to promote outdoor recreation and encourage personal responsibility in protecting our state’s natural resources.

Country music star Kevin Fowler donated his talents for radio and TV spots, including writing and performing the campaign’s jingle, “Take Care of Texas,” which...

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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's (TCEQ's) new TPDES Stormwater Construction General Permit, which became effective March 5, 2013, has an imminent deadline to renew the permit of Monday, June 3, 2013. This permit affects construction sites that discharge stormwater associated with construction activity located in the state of Texas. All permits authorized under the previous general permit expired regardless as to whether or not a Notice of Termination was submitted. The TCEQ issued a message that included the following information about the permit renewal:

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In Texas, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) administers surface water rights by priority doctrine (first in time, first in right). When a senior water right holder is not getting the water to which it is entitled, it can make a senior water right call and request TCEQ enforcement of the priority doctrine. The drought of 2011 and ongoing drought conditions have challenged the priority doctrine.

In 2011, TCEQ received 15 senior water right calls resulting in the suspension of approximately 1,200 water right permits. Senior water right calls were made in the Brazos,...

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By Guest Author – Brad B. Castleberry, Principal; Lloyd Gosselink Attorneys and Counselors

In addition to drought contingency plans, some owners should consider the stability of their water supplies, especially if the source is surface water. Surface water rights in Texas are governed by the prior appropriation doctrine, which means "first in time, first in right." Drought conditions in 2011 resulted in priority calls in several Texas river basins.  

TCEQ held a stakeholder meeting in August 2011 and a public hearing in December 2011 to discuss implementation...

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In response to the 2011 drought, many water providers were implementing multiple stages of their drought contingency plans for the first time. “Drought Forces Water Contingency Plans Across State,” first published last summer in Freese and Nichols' AquAlert, discusses specific considerations for water providers in developing and implementing a drought contingency plan. It's found on page 2 of the Summer 2011 issue of aquALERT.

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