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Helpful Documents – Drinking Water

Community Water Supply TCEQ Violations – A 2018 Hill Country report compiled from TCEQ violation and enforcement records by Raymond Slade.

Helpful Documents – Highland Lakes Discharge

Petition for Rulemaking – Leander and Granite Shoals request for a rule change to allow discharge into the Highland Lakes (September 2009).

Highland Lakes FAQ – Questions and answers from LCRA about discharging wastewater into the Highland Lakes.

Letter of Opposition to Highland Lakes Discharge – A letter to TCEQ from State Representatives Naishtat, Dukes, Rodriquez and Howard regarding the petition.

Letter of Opposition to Highland Lakes Discharge – A letter to TCEQ from State Representative Valinda Bolton.

LCRA Comments – LCRA comments regarding Highland Lakes direct discharge permitting (October 2009).

Burnet Discharge Presentation – A presentation on a proposed wastewater discharge permit from the City of Burnet into Hamilton Creek.

Burnet’s Discharge Dilemma – An article from the Highland Lakes Newspapers describing the City of Burnet’s proposed discharge into Hamilton Creek and the attempt by Marble Falls and Leander to lift the Highland Lakes Discharge Ban.


Helpful Documents – Recharge Zone Discharge and Runoff

Banking on Green – A Look at How Green Infrastructure Can Save Municipalities Money and Provide Economic Benefits Community-wide

LandApplied Wastewater Effluent Impacts on the Edwards Aquifer – Report commissioned by the Save Our Springs Alliance and San Antonio-based Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance report examining existing evidence that wastewater effluent discharged in the Barton Springs and San Antonio Edwards Aquifer contributing zones under Texas Land Application Permits (TLAPs), issued by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, have failed to protect springs, creeks, rivers, and groundwater.

Direct Discharge Threats – Information from hydrologist Raymond Slade about threats to water quality from domestic wastewater discharges in the Texas Hill Country.

Direct Discharge TCEQ Permit Violations Report – A 2018 Hill Country wide sewage discharge violation report compiled from the TCEQ website by Raymond Slade

Impacts of Urbanization – A presentation from Raymond Slade illustrating the effects of urbanization and runoff on our water quality.

Construction Sedimentation – A presentation from hydrologist Raymond Slade outlining the negative effects of construction sediment on water quality.

Neighbor to Neighbor – Neighbor to Neigbor – In 2006, HCA and numerous other groups began alerting citizens about the issue of the first direct discharge permit proposed in the Barton Springs recharge zone. This educational piece was created to inform citizens about the consequences and facts of this issue.

GEAA BMP Report – Report on Edwards Aquifer best management practices and regulatory information from the Greater Edwards Aquifer Alliance.

Petition for Rulemaking – Petition to prohibit direct discharge into Barton Creek and Onion Creek Watersheds of the Edwards Aquifer (September 2008). The TCEQ commissioners rejected this petition in November 2008.

Belterra Algae Study – Potential Impacts of Hays County WCID No. 1 Proposed Wastewater Discharge on the Algae Communities of Bear Creek and Barton Springs. Study performed by the City of Austin in 2006.

Article on Barton Springs Discharge – An Austin Chronicle article on Belterra and contributing zone discharge from December 2008.

HB 595 – Text of a bill by Representative David Leibowitz addressing discharge in the Barton Springs and San Antonio segments of the Edwards Aquifer (81st session, 2009).

HB 1508 – Text of a bill by Representative Valinda Bolton addressing discharge in the Barton Springs segment of the Edwards Aquifer (81st session, 2009).

SB 882 – Text of a bill by Senator Leticia Van de Putte addressing discharge in the Barton Springs and San Antonio segments of the Edwards Aquifer (81st session, 2009).

SB 1099 – Text of a bill by Senator Kirk Watson addressing discharge in the Barton Springs segment of the Edwards Aquifer (81st session, 2009).


Helpful Documents – Wastewater Infrastructure

Wastewater Disposal Practices and Change in Development in the Barton Springs Zone

Integrative Water Management and Conservation Development: Alternatives for the Central Texas Hill Country – Written in 2004 by Dr. Kent Butler, this analysis of water management strategies for the Hill Country will “shape the future of the region in terms of water use, cost of living, water quality, and landscape/environmental stress.”

New Approaches in Decentralized Water Infrastructure – A perspective on decentralized vs. centralized water infrastructure systems.

Smaller Scale, Bigger Concept – Smaller Scale, Bigger Concept – A paper by David Venhuizen on decentralized wastewater systems.


Helpful Links – State and National Resources

Online Watershed Library (OWL) – OWL is a service provided by the Association of Watershed and Stormwater Professionals (AWSPs) that allows practitioners to readily access Center for Watershed Protection and other watershed and stormwater resources to support the development and improvement of local programs.

TPWD Water Quality – Information from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on water quality issues.

TCEQ Nonpoint Source Pollution Public Education Page – Information from TCEQ on NPS pollution, including links to several different documents focusing on outdoor maintenance for homeowners.

TWDB Reuse Page – Information from TWDB about water reuse and water recycling in Texas.

Texas Stream Team, “Caring for Our Waters” – Information on a network of volunteers organized under a cooperative partnership between Texas State University, the TCEQ and the EPA.

Texas Riparian Association – An organization that encourages healthy riparian systems within Texas through education, management, research and demonstration.

EPA Info on Nonpoint Source Pollution – Information from the Environmental Protection Agency on the causes of nonpoint source pollution.

A Description of Watersheds from the EPA – Information from the EPA on watersheds, including links to information about nutrient levels.

The Center for Watershed Protection – A national organization that focuses on watershed science and the restoration and protection of watershed systems.

The Watershed Forestry Resource Guide – A partnership between the Center for Watershed Protection and the U.S. Forest Service focused on the interaction between forests and watersheds, with information on managing urban forests to protect water quality.

Yellow Is the New Green – The New York Times looks at how direct discharge of wastewater into our streams, rivers and creeks could lead to some changes in our bathrooms.


Helpful Links – Regional Resources

Regional Water Quality Protection Plan for the Barton Springs Segment of the Edwards Aquifer – A regional plan developed with the City of Dripping Springs designed to help protect Hill Country water resources from contaminated runoff.

A Look at the Methods Used to Dispose of Development Effluent – An article from the Austin Chronicle discussing disposal of household wastewater in the Hill Country (2008).

A Study on Nutrient Levels and Harm Done to Central Texas Water – A joint study performed by USGS and TCEQ from 2005 through 2006 investigating the effects of wastewater discharge and high nutrient levels in Central Texas streams. Discusses the consequences of high nutrient levels on wildlife habitat.

Protect Lake Travis Association – A local group of concerned citizens who monitor Lake Travis water quality issues.