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    Rio Grande

Colorado & Lavaca Rivers/Matagorda & Lavaca Bays Area

Updated May 2012

Colorado & Lavaca Bays Area The Expert Science Team submitted its recommendations on the amount of water necessary to ensure a sound ecological environment to the Stakeholder Committee on March 1, 2011. The Stakeholder Committee then submitted its recommendations regarding environmental flow standards and strategies to meet those standards to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the Environmental Flows Advisory Group on September 1, 2011. The Stakeholder Committee currently is developing a work plan for adaptive management. You can sign up to receive meeting updates on this process.

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality must adopt environmental flow standards for the Colorado & Lavaca Rivers/Matagorda & Lavaca Bays Area by September 1, 2012. The draft public rulemaking process calendar is as follows:

Proposal date: March 28, 2012
On this date, TCEQ Commissioners decided to publish a variation of the draft rule that the TCEQ staff developed.

Texas Register publication date: April 13, 2012
The draft rule was published in the Texas Register on this date, making it available for public comments.

Public hearing date: May 8, 2012
On March 8th, TCEQ held a public hearing at the TCEQ's Austin office on the published draft rule.

Public comment period: April 13 - May 14, 2012
TCEQ accepted written comments on the draft rule during this time. They are required to respond to all comments in writing. Read the Texas Living Water Project partner comments.

Adoption date: August 8, 2012
On August 8, the Commissioners adopted a version of the draft rule that address some the issues raised in public comments.

Please contact Jennifer Ellis at ellis@nwf.org or 512-476-9805 if you would like to be kept informed about the process in this region.

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Want to get involved? Contact Jennifer Ellis at 512-476-9805 or ellis@nwf.org

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