Free Webinar: Discharge Monitoring Reports – Avoiding Common Mistakes

July 2020 – EPA is conducting a free webinar on reporting for small wastewater treatment systems on July 15, 2020, from noon to 3:00 p.m. Who Should Register? If you are a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permittee required to submit discharge monitoring reports (DMRs) you should attend if any of the following apply…

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TxCDBG announcement: USC meeting date

TDA announces the revised plan for the first biennial meeting of the Unified Scoring Committee, which is charged with selecting scoring criteria to be used by all regions for the 2021-2022 Community Development Fund application cycle.  Unified Scoring Committee – Member Training and Committee Meeting Thursday, July 9, 2020, 9:00 am New Braunfels Civic &…

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Webinar Announced for the Texas Clean Fleet Program!

The TERP Texas Clean Fleet Program (TCFP) is open until June 30, 2020. Though the April workshops were cancelled, another opportunity to learn about the program is coming up. Please make plans to join us for TERP Talk: How to Apply for a TCFP Grant. Approximately $7.8 million in grants are available to entities that…

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TxCDBG announcement: Program Guidance and Applications – Social Distancing

Revised Grant Application deadlines for 4 funding programs Applications for each of the following fund categories will be due September 1, 2020 – click the fund name for application materials: Downtown Revitalization / Main Street Programs; Fire, Ambulance, and Service Truck (FAST) Fund; Planning & Capacity Building Fund; and Colonia Fund – Construction, Secondary Round.…

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Security Awareness Training Reporting Form for Local Governments Now Available

Report Compliance with Security Awareness Training Requirements – Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) House Bill 3834 requires local government* employees and elected officials to complete cybersecurity training by June 14, 2020. The local government compliance report form is available and due by June 15, 2020.  The form can be submitted by whomever the local government authorizes. The authorized individual submitting the form will need access…

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Free Webinars: Asset Management and Technical Assistance for Wastewater and Public Water Systems

April 2020 – The EPA is conducting free webinars on April 15, May 13, and June 17, 2020, from noon to 2:00 p.m. CST. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is presenting a series of technical assistance webinars to highlight best practices for optimizing performance at small wastewater treatment systems and public drinking water systems. The…

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TERP Texas Clean Fleet Program (TCFP) Now Accepting Grant Applications

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) today (3/30/2020) announced that up to $7.7 million in grants is being made available to encourage entities that operate large fleets of vehicles in Texas to replace diesel-powered vehicles with alternative fuel or hybrid vehicles. Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. CST, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. The…

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TxCDBG announcement: modified procedures for Environmental Review while social distancing (3/27/2020)

In an effort to allow communities to continue their CDBG grants while practicing social distancing, HUD has provided temporary alternative procedures for environmental clearance processes.  For TxCDBG communities, the following guidance is effective immediately and until further notice: Responsible Entities that are practicing social distancing may complete the environmental clearance process without in-person interaction with…

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TDA Commissioner Miller’s letter and available resources

Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) Commissioner Miller has issued a letter regarding available supplies during the current public health emergency.  Although the letter is addressed to rural hospital administrators, the information may also be relevant to communities and emergency services providers.  

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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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