June 2020

June 2020

Landowners Guide to Plugging Abandoned Water Wells, RG-347 (revised publication)

Guidance on how to plug abandoned water wells.

Air Quality for Permitted Facilities: Responding to Hurricanes, RG-517a (revised publication)

For owners and operators of facilities with air permits, information on issues such as disaster debris, facility repairs, emissions reporting, facility maintenance, and who to contact for more information.

Waste Management for Authorized Facilities: Responding to Hurricanes, RG-517c (revised publication)

For operators of municipal solid waste, petroleum storage tank, and industrial hazardous waste facilities, answers to questions about responding to hurricanes.

Wastewater Treatment Plants: Responding to Disasters, RG-517d (revised publication)

For owners and operators, answers to questions about handling damages and accidental discharges in the event of a natural disaster, including contact information for TCEQ regional offices.

Managing Debris from Declared Disasters, RG-518 (revised publication)

Information on properly disposing of debris when cleaning up after a hurricane, flood, tornado, wildfire, or other natural disaster.

Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Beneficiary Mitigation Plan for Texas, RG-537 (revised publication)

Background on the purpose of the agreement and the allocation of funds under the Environmental Mitigation Trust Agreement for State Beneficiaries.

May 2020

May 2020

Petroleum Refineries and New Federal Fenceline Monitoring Requirements, GI-472 (new publication)

Fact sheet describing the basics of the Brownfields Site Assessment Program.

April 2020

April 2020

River and Sky's Lone Star Activity Book, GI-380 (revised publication)

Activity and coloring book for students in grades K-5. Dog mascots River and Sky help kids learn ways to care for the Texas environment.

After a Disaster: Is Your Drinking Water Safe?, GI-431 (revised publication)

Answers to questions about safe drinking water in the event of a natural disaster and information such as who to contact, boil water notices, and more.

Desinfectar Su Pozo Privado, GI-432esp (new publication)

Una guia sobre como desinfectar su pozo privado y el sistema de plomeria del hogar en caso de inundacion, incluyendo informacion sobre la recoleccion de una muestra de agua para analisis por un laboratorio.

Como Muestrear Su Agua para Contaminantes Bacteriologicos y Entender los Resultados, GI-433esp (new publication)

Como correctamente recolectar una muestra de agua de su pozo, enviarla a un laboratorio aprobado para pruebas y revisar los resultados.

Water Quality

The Clean Rivers Program of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is a state fee-funded program for water quality monitoring, assessment, and public outreach. It provides citizens the opportunity to approach water quality issues within a watershed or river basin at the local and regional level. River basin authorities in our region include the Sulphur River Basin AuthorityRed River Authority , Riverbend Water Resources District, and the Northeast Texas Municipal Water District.

TCEQ lists disposal methods for household hazardous waste such as pesticides, paints, cleaners and batteries. Information on how to dispose of used motor oil and oil filters is also available through the TCEQ website. Pet waste can also cause water pollution when it is not disposed of properly. Yard waste and grass clippings can also pollute our waters. These materials can be used as compost.

TCEQ Water Quality Information

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Links and Resources

Grow Green Materials

  • Available in print from ATCOG offices. Please contact Paul Prange at 903.832.8636.

Other Water Quality Links

Water Quality Resources for Students and Teachers

Water Quality Management Planning

Texas Stream Team Support

In 2006 the Ark-Tex Council of Governments received a grant from International Paper Company in the amount of $1,000.00 through the I.P. Giving Program for the purpose of supporting local volunteer water quality monitoring efforts. The funds were utilized to purchase water testing kits and supplies for the local chapter of the Texas Watch, now officially known as the Texas Stream Team, based at Texarkana College and coordinated by Delores McCright, Professor of Biology. All data collected by the volunteers is submitted to Texas State University to be compiled and ultimately provided to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, in an effort to more effectively monitor the waterbodies within the State of Texas.

In 2013 and 2015, the Ark-Tex Council of Governments received a total of $4,000.00 from the I.P. Giving Grant Program to further enhance our ability to support and expand the Texas Stream Team Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring activities. As a result, Delores McCright has been able to expand the TST Monitoring Program to include two additional counties within the ATCOG Region and has recruited and trained dozens of additional monitors. These activities are essential in maintaining the quality of our regional waterbodies for future generations.

American Recovery Reinvestment Act Project

This is a water stimulus grant through Texas Commission on Environmental Quality under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The goal of this project is to strengthen the existing and build new volunteer surface water quality monitoring efforts in the nine-county ATCOG region. The training in water quality monitoring will build on local knowledge, thereby strengthening the ability of ATCOG-area residents to participate in the protection of their water resources. ATCOG will partner with the local chapter of the Texas Stream Team at Texarkana College in this effort. The ARRA 604B funds will allow ATCOG to provide a range of programmatic support tailored to meet the needs of the different groups.

The grant time period is November 2009 through August 2011.


ARRA Project Fact Sheet December 2009