WEAT actively tracks and testifies as appropriate on TCEQ proposals and policies through collaboration between our Executive Director,
Julie Nahrgang, WEAT President and leadership, and WEAT
This site is intended to provide links to and highlights of important water and environmental regulations that WEAT is tracking,
as well as provide short cuts to other relevant sites and information.
State Water Implementation Fund (SWIFT) Rules Set for Final Adoption
The TWDB has published the State Water Implementation Fund rules in the Texas Register. These rules will be considered for final adoption at 1:00PM on Thursday, November 6 at the TWDB board meeting at the headquarters in Austin, 1700 North Congress Ave.
Go to http://www.twdb.state.tx.us/board/2014/11/Board/Brd02.pdf to find and view the SWIFT rules.
Waters of the US (WOTUS) Draft Rule Changes
The EPA and US Army Corps of Engineers proposed rule changes to the Waters of the US rule designed to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands. WEF and NACWA have several resources available to help determine what the proposed changes mean for our utilities. WEF held a webinar that can be viewed at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/955952168 . The proposed rule can be viewed at http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/guidance/wetlands/CWAwaters.cfm.
Comments are due Nov 12
- NACWA's WOTUS Fact Sheet
- 217 Wastewater Design Criteria
TCEQ initiated rulemaking to revise the Wastewater System Design Criteria rule and has developed draft rule language that can be found online at
The revisions will:
- add new definitions and clarify existing definitions;
- add design criteria and approval requirements for rehabilitation of existing infrastructure;
- add design criteria for new technologies, including cloth filters and air lift pumps;
- update existing requirements or develop new requirements to reflect modern practices, standards, and trends; and
- clarify rule language to improve understanding of the rule intent.
Recent Hot Topics and Trending Issues:
- Sludge Land Application Rulemaking Petition
TCEQ received a rulemaking petition regarding the land application of sludge on May 13, 2013. The petition requests a ban on sludge land application either in, or within 3 miles of, cities located in Tarrant, Collin, Denton, and Ellis counties. Odors and related nuisances are cited as the basis for the petition. At a TCEQ Commission hearing on June 18, 2013, the Commissioners directed staff to hold a series of stakeholder meetings around the state with a report due back to the Commission by November 20, 2013. The Commissioners asked staff to initiate a rulemaking proceeding and consider sludge land application statewide, not just limited to the counties designated in the rulemaking petition.
Webcast of stakeholder meeting, 1/07/2014
WEAT/TACWA Comment Letter to TCEQ on Biosolids Rulemaking, 12/09/2013
Draft rules on biosolids land application for comment will be posted at:
WEAT/TACWA Proposed Land Application Rules Presentation and Resposnse Coordination, 12/09/2013
Rulemaking Petition submitted to TCEQ on 5/13/2013
TCEQ Staff Recommendation, 5/30/2013
WEAT Comments, 6/11/2013
WEAT/TAWCA Letter to TCEQ Commenting on Biosolids Land Application 8/30/2013
TCEQ Update on Biosolids Rulemaking Petition 11/4/2013
- EPA's Proposed Revisions to Water Quality Standards
During the summer of 2013 EPA proposed changes to six areas of their Water Quality Standards Regulation. WEAT, TACWA, and TWCA submitted joint comments on January 2, 2014. These comments convey that existing regulations are already sufficient and emphasize that states need to maintain flexibility. The comments also focus on the following three areas of the proposed revisions: 1) antidegradation implementation methods; 2) triennial review scope and requirements; and 3) variances to water quality standards.
WEAT/TACWA/TWCA Comment Letter to EPA, 1/2/14
View postings of other comments here:
EPA Proposed Rule Webinar, 11/14/2013
Proposed Rule Text Changes, August 2013
- EPA Finalizes Nutrient Criteria for Texas Reservoirs
EPA has finalized the third round of approvals and disapprovals of TCEQ’s 2010 Texas Surface Water Quality Standards. In an action letter dated July 2, 2013, EPA approved the chlorophyll a criteria for 39 Texas reservoirs. The chlorophyll a criteria for another 36 Texas reservoirs were disapproved. EPA also took action in this third round on other sections of the 2010 Surface Water Quality Standards. See links below for more details.
EPA Nutrient Criteria Technical Support Document
EPA Approval Letter of 2010 NNC for Reservoirs - July 2, 2013
EPA Approval Letter of TCEQ's Procedures to Implement the Texas Surface Water Quality Standars