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AGENCY Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
ISSUE 09/04/2020
ACTION Miscellaneous

Notice of Request for Public Comment and Notice of a Public Meeting on Two Draft Total Maximum Daily Loads for Indicator Bacteria in Corpus Christi Bay Beaches, Cole Park and Ropes Park

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ, commission, or agency) has made available for public comment two draft Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for indicator bacteria in Corpus Christi Bay Beaches, Cole Park and Ropes Park, of the Nueces-Rio Grande Coastal Basin, within Nueces County.

The purpose of the public meeting is to provide the public an opportunity to comment on the draft TMDLs in two assessment units: Cole Park 2481CB_03 and Ropes Park 2481CB_04.

A TMDL is a detailed water quality assessment that provides the scientific foundation to allocate pollutant loads in a certain body of water in order to restore and maintain designated uses. The commission requests comments on each of the major components of the TMDL: problem definition, endpoint identification, source analysis, linkage analysis, margin of safety, pollutant load allocation, seasonal variation, public participation, and implementation and reasonable assurances.

After the public comment period, TCEQ may revise the draft TMDLs if appropriate. The final TMDLs will then be considered by the commission for adoption. Upon adoption of the TMDLs by the commission, the final TMDLs and a response to all comments received will be made available on TCEQ's website. The TMDLs will then be submitted to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 6 office for final action by EPA. Upon approval by EPA, the TMDLs will be certified as an update to the State of Texas Water Quality Management Plan.

The public meeting for the draft TMDLs will be held via video conference on September 17, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. To join the meeting follow the link https://tinyurl.com/CARPPublicMeeting. Please place your computer's microphone or telephone on MUTE so that background noise is not heard and turn your video OFF. Meeting documents are available on the project webpage at https://www.tceq.texas.gov/waterquality/tmdl/97-corpusbeachesbacteria.html.

Please periodically check https://www.tceq.texas.gov/waterquality/tmdl/tmdlnews.html before the meeting date for meeting related updates.

During this meeting, individuals will have the opportunity to present oral statements. An agency staff member will give a brief presentation at the start of the meeting and will be available to answer questions before and after all public comments have been received.

Written comments on the draft TMDLs should be submitted to Gerrad Hofmans, Water Quality Planning Division, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, MC 203, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, Texas, 78711-3087 or faxed to fax4808@tceq.texas.gov. Comments may also be submitted electronically to https://www6.tceq.texas.gov/rules/ecomments/. All comments must be received at TCEQ by midnight on September 29, 2020, and should reference Two Total Maximum Daily Loads for Indicator Bacteria in Corpus Christi Bay Beaches, Cole Park and Ropes Park.

For further information regarding the draft TMDLs, please contact Gerrad Hofmans at Gerrad.Hofmans@tceq.texas.gov. The draft TMDLs can be obtained via TCEQ's website at https://www.tceq.texas.gov/waterquality/tmdl/tmdlnews.html.

Persons with disabilities who have special communication or other accommodation needs who are planning to participate in the meeting should contact Gerrad Hofmans at Gerrad.Hofmans@tceq.texas.gov. Requests should be made as far in advance as possible.


Robert Martinez

Director, Environmental Law Division

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

Filed: August 26, 2020

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