New Waves September 2009

Breaking news about water resources research and education in Texas

Committee to celebrate 20 years of protecting groundwater

The Texas Groundwater Protection Committee (TGPC), created by the Texas Legislature in 1989, will celebrate its 20th anniversary at its Oct. 26 meeting in Austin.

The quarterly meeting, open to the public, is set for 1 p.m. on the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s (TCEQ) campus, 12100 Park 35 Circle, Building F, Room 2210.

The committee, composed of nine state agencies and one statewide association with groundwater-related responsibilities, identifies areas where new or existing groundwater programs could be enhanced and improves coordination among agencies involved in groundwater activities. Through the years, the committee has provided a biennial report on its activities to the Texas Legislature, including recommendations for new groundwater protection programs, and has developed a comprehensive Texas Groundwater Protection Strategy program.

“In recognition of our 20th year, we will try some new approaches to increase participation in the TGPC,” said TCEQ’s Cary Betz, designated chair of the TGPC. “It is our intention to make the TGPC more relevant and proactive than ever and actively build on our accomplishments. Interested parties are encouraged to check our Web site frequently for information updates and to contact us with concerns and ideas.”

The TGPC Web site functions as a clearinghouse of groundwater information, including pesticides; water wells; septic systems; groundwater contamination and pollution prevention; water conservation; classroom applications; oil, gas, and mining issues; and Frequently Asked Questions.

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