On-Site Sewage Facilities (OSSF) Program COVID-19 General Guidance

Is COVID-19 transmitted by wastewater (sewage)? Wastewater has many pathogens. As always, follow sound practices and use protective equipment to reduces exposure to pathogens. Currently we have no evidence that wastewater transmits COVID-19. How to reduce exposure to pathogens in wastewater? Use physical barriers to prevent exposure to splashes or sprays of wastewater. Wear Personal…

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HHSC All Texas Access: action needed

HHSC staff have drafted the introduction for the report required by SB 633, and would like input on it.  To make it easy for us to process your input, we ask that you: use the track changes function to review and make edits use the comment function to share thoughts, questions, etc HHSC has extended the…

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TxCDBG announcement: 2020 Survey Methodology and Webinar slides available

TDA has posted the 2020 Survey Methodology Manual to the Beneficiary Documentation section of the TxCDBG website. The Manual may be found HERE.  A webinar on conducting a TxCDBG Survey will be scheduled and posted on the TxCDBG Training page found HERE. After reviewing the 2020 Survey Methodology Manual, questions may be addressed to Aubrey-Ann.Gilmore@TexasAgriculture.gov.

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TxCDBG announcement: 2020 Applications available

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) has announced the release of the following grant applications for Program Year 2020. Fund Category (linked to detailed information) Purpose Maximum Grant Amount Application Due Date Downtown Revitalization / Main Street Program Address the conditions that contribute to the deterioration in an area designated as slum or blighted in…

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Security Awareness Training Reporting Requirements For Local Governments

Use Texas by Texas (TxT) to Comply with Security Awareness Training Requirements House Bill 3834, passed by the 86th Texas Legislature, requires local government employees and elected officials to take annual cybersecurity training. The bill also requires the governing body of the local government to verify and report on the annual training completion by employees.…

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Free Webinars: Optimizing Performance of Wastewater Lagoon Systems

February 2020 – The EPA is conducting free webinars on February 19 and March 18, 2020, from noon to 2:00 p.m. CST. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is presenting a series of technical assistance webinars to highlight best practices for optimizing performance at small wastewater treatment lagoons. These webinars will cover methods, techniques, and…

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Tier II Chemical Reporting for 2019 has Begun!

January 2020 – Tier II annual reports for 2019 are now being accepted. March 1st, 2020 is the deadline to file your annual Tier II report for 2019.  If you store hazardous chemicals or extremely hazardous substances above the established threshold quantities at your facility, you are required to report them to TCEQ. Emergency planning and…

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Free Webinar: Alkalinity Testing for WWTP Process Control

January 2020 – The EPA is conducting a free webinar on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, from noon to 2:00 PM CST. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is presenting a series of technical assistance webinars to highlight best practices for troubleshooting noncompliance at small wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs). Alkalinity testing can reveal one of the…

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TxCDBG announcement: public comment opportunity for Community Development Fund

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) is accepting comment on the proposed rule revision for the Community Development Fund. The revision replaces traditional Regional Review Committee structure with a process that includes regional project priorities, state scoring similar to previous CD application cycles, and a Unified Scoring Committee for the remaining scoring criteria. The Proposed…

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2019 Texas House Interim Charges

Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen has released the 86th Legislature’s interim committee charges for the House of Representatives.

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