New Waves October 2008

Breaking news about water resources research and education in Texas

TCEQ forms water quality planning division

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality recently formed a new Water Quality Planning Division dedicated to improving water quality with Kelly Keel as director.

This new division consolidates staff from the Monitoring Operations, Office of Compliance and Enforcement and part of the Water Quality Standards Team with the existing water planning and estuary programs in the Chief Engineer's Office. The division has three sections: Planning and Implementation, Monitoring and Assessment and the Houston Laboratory.

"This new team will allow the agency to take a comprehensive, coordinated approach to water quality planning, from identifying sources and addressing impairments to monitoring and wetland restoration efforts," said Mark Vickery, TCEQ's executive director. "This organizational change will consolidate and enhance the agency's technical strengths to better assess water quality impairments and help match appropriate approaches to designated uses."

Keel previously led the agency's air quality planning efforts. Charles Maguire is the assistant director of the Water Quality Planning division. Maguire was the manager of the Water Quality Assessment Section in the Water Quality Division and he is an expert in Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) permitting.

Laurie Curra, who formerly managed the Clean River, Nonpoint Source and Water Quality Management programs, is the new Monitoring & Assessment Section manager. Katherine Nelson, previously section manager of the Industrial and Hazardous Waste Permits section, is the Planning and Implementation Section manager. Jim Busceme continues to serve as the section manager of the Houston Laboratory.

The new TCEQ organizational chart can be downloaded at

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