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EPA works with Texas to protect water quality with $2.5 million grant

Release Date: 09/30/2014
Contact Information: Joe Hubbard or Jennah Durant at 214-665-2200 or

DALLAS (Sept. 30, 2014) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded $2,543,528 to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to support management of nonpoint-source water pollution. 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 controlling animal wastes, sediment, pesticides and fertilizers; watershed planning and monitoring; 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 picks up natural and man-made pollutants as it flows, eventually depositing the material into 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 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 get 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 our nation’s waters. For more information please visit:

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