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TCEQ HOSTS PUBLIC MEETING ON WATER QUALITY

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Four segments of the Trinity River to be discussed

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has scheduled a meeting to update the public on the development of Total Maximum Daily Loads addressing Polychlorinated Biphenyls in the Trinity River watershed. The goal of the TMDL is to restore the fish consumption use in four segments of the Trinity River located in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

PCB impairments that were listed on the 2002 303(d) list as a result of a fish consumption advisory and an aquatic life closure issued by the Texas Department of State Health Services in 2002. There is a fish possession ban and fish consumption advisory issued by the TDSHS for portions of the Trinity. The impaired areas include:

• Lower one mile of Clear Fork Trinity River Below Lake Benbrook-Segment 0829
• Lower 22 miles of West Fork Trinity River Below Lake Worth-Segment-0806
• Lower West Fork Trinity River-Segment 0841
• Upper Trinity River-Segment 0805

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 3,  from 1 –3  p.m. at the North Central Texas Council of Governments, Centerpoint II (Tom Vandergriff Conference Center), Regional Forum Room, First Floor, 616 Six Flags Drive in Arlington. The public is encouraged to come and learn more about the TMDL process and efforts to restore water quality to West Fork Trinity, Clear Fork Trinity, and the Upper Trinity River. The agenda will include a discussion of the draft TMDL PCB allocations provided in the contractor’s final technical report received by the TCEQ in November.

To read the report, data, meeting agenda, or other project information, go to: http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/implementation/water/tmdl/77-trinity_pcbs.html.   


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