Kids play in water. Make Texas streams safe for children
A general website link at Texas Commission on Environmental
Quality (TCEQ) for overall information about the
Texas â€śrecreational use attainability analysesâ€ť (RUAA)
Project and other stream segments under
study is as follows: click
â€˘ One TCEQ document of interest to people wanting
more in-depth information about the conduct of
a recreational use attainability analysis is
a May 2009 set of procedures that explains the process.
That document may be found by following the more specific
link under â€śEvaluating Appropriate Recreational Usesâ€ť on the website page noted.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 25, 2010 â€“ Austin, Texas
By Ken Kramer, Director, Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club For Background Information on Proposed Revisions to Texas Water Quality Standards:
Attorney Rick Lowerre, 512-469-6000
For More Information: Â Donna Hoffman, Sierra Club, 512-299-5776 or 512-477-1729
Statement of Ken Kramer, Director, Lone Star Chapter, Sierra Club on the Proposed Revisions to Water Quality Standards on the TCEQ Agenda for June 30, 2010
The Sierra Club strongly
urges the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
(TCEQ) Commissioners to reject the proposed revisions
to the stateâ€™s bacteria pollution criteria that
are being recommended by the agency staff.
Â The TCEQ Commissioners should heed the public outcry over
the proposed weakening of protections from bacteria pollution
for the stateâ€™s streams and lakes and take a stand for public
health protection over polluter interests.
Â The Club also
urges Governor Perry, who appointed all three Commissioners,
to weigh in opposing this downgrading of water quality for
Texas water bodies.
The fact is that there is no compelling reason to make
any changes to the bacteria pollution criteria at this
time â€“ indeed there is every reason not to do so.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which ultimately
must approve any changes to the stateâ€™s surface water quality
standards, Â is currently working under a consent decree
and settlement agreement in a federal lawsuit to conduct
science and research in order to publish new or revised
recreational water quality criteria by October 2012.
Â The time for TCEQ to consider
any appropriate changes in its bacteria pollution standards
is after that EPA process is complete. Â To act now would
The TCEQ staff itself is aware of the great public opposition
to the weakening of the stateâ€™s bacteria pollution criteria.
Â In a nod to that opposition the staff is providing â€śoptionsâ€ť
to the TCEQ Commissioners to retain current bacteria pollution
criteria for a number of water bodies in the state, although
the staff is not recommending that the Commissioners do
Â While retaining bacteria pollution criteria for some
water bodies would be preferable to a wholesale downgrading
of the criteria for all water bodies, that would not be
sufficient for human health protection and does not negate
other changes being proposed for monitoring of bacteria
pollution, determining recreational use for streams, and
analysis of data that would further undermine protection
from bacteria pollution.