Recommendations From the BIG

Wastewater Treatment Facilities

  • Increase monitoring requirements, impose stricter bacteria limits than those designated by the state, require updates to facilities not able to comply with limits, and increase enforcement.

Sanitary Sewer Systems

Require all systems to develop and implement a utility asset management program and to protect against power outages at lift stations.

On-site Sewage Facilities

  • Address failing systems and inadequate maintenance.

  • Storm Water and Land Development

  • Require all systems to develop and implement a utility asset management program and to protect against power outages at lift stations.

  • On-site Sewage Facilities

  • Address failing systems and inadequate maintenance.

  • Storm Water and Land Development

  • Expand storm water quality programs, develop a recognition program, and petition TCEQ to facilitate reimbursement of bacteria reduction measures.

  • Construction

  • Improve compliance and enforcement of existing storm water quality permits.

Illicit Discharges and Dumping

  • Increase efforts to address direct and dry-weather discharges, and better control waste hauler activities.

Agriculture and Animal

  • Expand existing cost-share programs and the management of feral hog populations.

Residential

  • Expand public education efforts.

Monitoring and I-Plan Revision

  • Maintain databases of ambient and non-ambient water quality monitoring data and implementation activities, review I-Plan progress, and update I-Plan.

Research

  • Examine effectiveness of storm water activities, bacteria persistence and regrowth, and appropriate indicators for use in water quality monitoring.

Geographic Priority Framework

  • Consider recommended criteria when selecting geographic locations for projects.

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