New Waves May 2009

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TCEQ and TSSWCB release annual report on water quality in Texas

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) recently released their annual report on Texas water quality, "Managing Nonpoint Source Pollution in Texas-2008." The report summarizes the state's activities to collect data, assess water quality, implement projects that reduce or prevent NPS pollution, and educate and involve the public in maintaining the quality of water resources for current and future generations, according to a TCEQ news release.

Highlighted in the report are examples of successful reduction of nonpoint pollution. An erosion control project used composted manure from dairies in the North Bosque and Leon River watersheds to help reclaim a quarry, reducing the nutrient load downstream and reducing runoff where it was applied by 98 percent over a two year period. The city of Denton developed a watershed protection plan that will reduce sediment into Hickory Creek by an estimated 61 tons per year.

The full report is available on the Web. The TCEQ and the TSSWCB jointly administer the federally funded program.

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