2009 Water Quality News

December 30, 2009

TCEQ public hearing this Thursday, Jan 4th at 7pm – Wastewater discharge into Lake Travis

The Protect Lake Travis Association newsletter covers all the details. Concerned landowners, lake business owners and residents should attend and make comments. Read more here.

December 16, 2009

Protecting Lake Travis

PLTA is an all volunteer, very effective organization working for a healthy Lake Travis. Read their latest newsletter which provides updates about the threats of discharge into the Highland Lakes. Join PLTA and have stronger voice with TCEQ, LCRA and the municipalities around the lake. Click here for the latest newsletter.

December 10, 2009

Burnet told to expect Austin opposition over wastewater facility and discharge plans

Burnet city council members were told Tuesday to be prepared for stiff opposition from the city of Austin in an attempt to stop Burnet’s attempt to win a permit to build a new wastewater treatment plant and sewage facility and the right to dramatically increase the amount of wastewater it can discharge into Hamilton Creek. read full Highlander article here.

October 31, 2009

Opposition from many jurisdictions link up against discharge into the Highland Lakes.

Read the latest from PLTA here.

October 28, 2009

Travis County Opposes TCEQ Wastewater Plan

On Tuesday, Oct. 27th, the Travis County Commissioners Court unanimously passed a resolution opposing the lifting of the current ban on discharging treated wastewater effluent into the Highland Lakes (copy of their resolution found here). Read full PLTA article here. Read Fox Austin News article here.

October 26, 2009

Lake Travis Wastewater Effluent Discharge Updates

Citizens around the Highland Lakes, particularly Lake Travis are extremely concerned about the possibility of wastewater discharge being allowed into these reservoirs. The Protect Lake Travis Association is working overtime on this issue. Read the latest news from PLTA here. Now is the time to speak up and be involved.

October 12, 2009

TCEQ Wastewater Quality Limits Are Too Lax

Protect Lake Travis Association continues to educate residents regarding the immediate threat of sewage effluent being discharged into Lake Travis and upstream. Comments are due October 30th. This is the time to speak up and contact your local elected officials. Read more here.

October 3, 2009

Sanchez: Water shortage flush with cause for major concern

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a personal visit is priceless. Lake Travis and Lake Buchanan store and supply drinking water for many Central Texans and are only 39 percent full. A pessimist would say the glass is 61 percent empty. Read full Statesman.com commentary here.

October 1, 2009

TCEQ ignores stakeholder’s recommendations for Edwards Aquifer rule on Direct Discharge Permits

Imagine the Hill Country stream near you with a wastewater treatment plant dumping treated effluent into it. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality identified a stakeholders committee to review and comment on wastewater discharge rules for the Barton and Onion Creek watersheds of the Edwards Aquifer. This came after the much debated Belterra permit application which was granted in spite of multi-jurisdiction united opposition. The stakeholder’s committee says don’t do it, but TCEQ seems to be moving ahead with a proposed new rule to make direct discharge permits in this fragile region okay. Read more here.

August 20, 2009

An argument for the TCEQ ‘no-discharge’ rule

There is nothing like a long, serious drought to make us really appreciate the wonderful asset that is Lake Travis. And while we all worry about when the rains and water will return, there is one thing we have not had to worry about in a very long time – the threat of pollution in the form of sewage effluent discharged into Lake Travis and upstream. Read full North Lake Travis Log Op-ed here.