EPA awards Texas $2.5M to help protect water quality in key watersheds across state

In an effort to support management of nonpoint-source water pollution, the EPA recently awarded over $2.5 million to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The funding will be used for a variety of projects designed to improve water quality in several priority watersheds.

DALLAS, TEXAS, Oct. 3, 2014 -- In an effort to support management of nonpoint-source water pollution, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded over $2.5 million to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). The funding will be used for a variety of projects designed to improve water quality in several priority watersheds.

EPA's grant will help TCEQ fund nonpoint-source management projects such as watershed planning and monitoring; animal waste, sediment, pesticide, and fertilizer control; and education and outreach programs. The projects will focus on reducing pollution in priority watersheds throughout Texas, including San Marcos, Plum Creek, Leon River, Lake Granbury, and Lake Arlington.

Nonpoint-source pollution is caused by rainfall or snowmelt moving over the ground. This runoff collects natural and man-made pollutants as it flows, eventually depositing the material into local lakes, rivers and groundwater. This type of pollution can be difficult to manage since it cannot be traced to a specific source.

The nonpoint-source pollution control program supports the goals of the Clean Water Act (CWA) to protect rivers, lakes, bays, wetlands, and coastal waters. Streams and wetlands benefit communities by trapping floodwaters, recharging groundwater supplies, removing pollution, and providing habitats for fish and wildlife.

Families and farms located downstream understand the importance of healthy headwaters upstream. One in three Americans receive their drinking water from public systems that rely on seasonal and rain-dependent streams. EPA is taking public comment on a rule to help protect the nation's waters. For more information, visit: www.epa.gov/uswaters.

See also:

"EPA grants over $11M to Oklahoma to improve water quality"

"EPA to remove mercury pollution from dental offices across U.S."

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