New Waves December 2009

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TCEQ establishes Office of Water

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has established a new Office of Water, effective Dec. 1 with L’Oreal Stepney serving as deputy director. The new office will encompass the three existing major water divisions in the agency: Water Planning, Water Supply, and Water Quality.

TECQ Chairman Dr. Bryan W. Shaw said the new office recognizes that the state’s population is expected to double in the next 30 years. “So the agency must put even more focus on water issues to ensure that there will be adequate water quality and quantity for future demand,” he said.

“There are 6,800 public water systems in our state,” said Executive Director Mark Vickery. “Making sure that the water that comes through these systems is clean and healthy is a priority of the TCEQ and is critically important to many, many Texans.”

During her time with TCEQ, Stepney has served in air permitting and wastewater permitting, as section manager of the Wastewater Permitting Section, as Water Quality Division director, and her most recent assignment was assistant deputy director for the Office of Permitting and Registration.

Acknowledging that Texas has experienced a fierce drought over the past several years, Commissioner and former Rio Grande Watermaster Carlos Rubinstein said: “Our agency’s response to the people and communities that suffered from this event was extraordinary, and this new Office of Water will ensure that we provide an even higher and more focused level of response.”

“Water planning, water supply, and water quality are all issues that are important to the future of our state,” said Commissioner Buddy Garcia. “This is an important step in our reorganization.”

To read the TCEQ news release, see here.

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