Texas Nonpoint Source Pollution Management Program Annual Report: 2013 Page: 2
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The U.S. $Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides grant funding to Texas to implement
the Texas Nonpoint Scurce (NPS) Management Program. T he NPS Manpgement Program
outlines Texas' comprehensive strategy to protect and restore waters imp-acted by NPS pol-
lution. The NPS Management Program utilizes voluntary, regulatory, financial, -and technical
assistance approaches to cchieve a balanced program. The responsibility for implementing this
program is divided between the TCEQ and the TSSWCB.
On April 12, 201 3, the E PA issued r ew Nonpoint Source Program and Grants Guidelines-.'
for Siates and Territories. These guidelines replace those which were in effect since fiscal year
2004. Arn increased errphasis is now being placed on the implementation of nine-elemend wa-
tershed-based plans (WVBPs) within impaired waters. Despite significant funding cuts since 2009,
Texas has consistently worked with partners across tne state to develop WBPs. Since September
2012, four plans were finalized. Three Watershed Protection Plans-(WPPs) were accepted by
the EPA, and one Total Maximum Daily Load 'TMD4) Implementation Plan (I-Plan) Bridge Docu-_
ment. The I-Plan Bridge Docurrent is an innovative and cost-effective approach which demron-
strates how existing -MDL/I-Pla, efforts fulfill the'nin'a elements required within WBPs.
The NPS Program has continued to achieve additional successes, including recognition by fhe
EPA for two water-quality improvement "Success Stories" and implementing the state's Water-
shed Action Planning [WAP) process. The WAP process emphasizes the role of partner agen-
cies and sta<eholders, relies on sound technical information, and makes available multiple op-
tions to provide the flexibility needed to address varied watershed conditions an circumstanc-
es. This process will Ioe integrai to the continued development and implementation of WBPs in
Texas, especially considering ihe funding limitations and budget cuts which are projected to
persist. The ultimate goal of the WAP process is to achieve restoration of designated'useS in
impaired water bodies. This is accomplished by attaining socially acceptable and economically
bea-able solutions bosec on environmental goals which are grounded in defensible waterrqual-
ity s-andards and supoorted by credible water quality data.
We are pleased to present the 2013 Annual Report of the state's NPS Managemient Program.
The repor' highlights our achievements in mc-naging NPS pollution and meeting the goals of
the program in 2013. In partnership with the EPA and other -'ederal, state, regional, and local
watershed stakeholders, the TCEQ and the TSSWCB look forward to implementing an effec-
tive program that has the support of stakeholders, and is accountable and transpa rent to the
citizens of Texas.
21 Rex Isom Richard A. Hyde, P.E.
Executive Director Executive Director
Texas State Soil and k Texas Commission on
Water Conservation Booard Environmental Quality
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Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Texas Nonpoint Source Pollution Management Program Annual Report: 2013, report, January 2014; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth639268/m1/4/: accessed November 14, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.