Skip to content. | Skip to navigation

Personal tools

Navigation

Questions or Comments:
tmdl@tceq.texas.gov
You are here: Home / Water Quality / Total Maximum Daily Load Program / Lower Sabinal River: A TMDL Project for Nitrate-Nitrogen

Lower Sabinal River: A TMDL Project for Nitrate-Nitrogen

A completed project to improve water quality in the Lower Sabinal River. The TMDL is adopted and the implementation plan is approved; together, they provide the road map for improved water quality.
photo of the Lower Sabinal River

The Lower Sabinal River


back arrow Back to TMDL Projects

Counties: Medina, Uvalde
Parameter: Nitrate-nitrogen
River Basin: Nueces River
Segment: 2110

Background

Segment 2210 of the Lower Sabinal River begins near the city of Sabinal in Uvalde County and ends at its confluence with the Frio River in Frio County. In 2000, assessment by the TCEQ indicated that concentrations of nitrate-nitrogen were sometimes higher than recommended for use of the Lower Sabinal River as a source for drinking water.

The goal of this project is to reduce nitrate-nitrogen to levels that make the river more useful as a source for drinking water treatment facilities.

return to top Return to top

Public Meetings

No meetings are scheduled at this time.

return to top Return to top

TMDL for the Lower Sabinal River

The TMDL was adopted by the commission on August 10, 2005.

  • One Total Maximum Daily Load for Nitrate-Nitrogen in the Lower Sabinal River
    The TCEQ did not receive any comments from the public regarding this TMDL.

The EPA approved it on October 13, 2005, at which time it became part of the state's Water Quality Management Plan.

Updates to TMDLs

From time to time, it is necessary to revise TMDLs to account for changing conditions in the watershed, such as new or amended permits, or urban growth, or to correct oversights in the original TMDL report. Revisions to the load allocations in TMDLs are made via the state’s WQMP, which is updated quarterly.

The WQMP provides projected effluent limits for use in planning and permitting activities under the Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES). The TCEQ reviews all applications for new and amended permits for conformance with applicable portions of the WQMP, including adopted TMDLs.

Revisions to the TMDL are documented in the approved WQMP updates listed below.

Learn more about  WQMP updates and about opportunities to comment on revisions to them.

return to top Return to top

Implementation Plan

The commission approved this I-Plan on August 23, 2006.

return to top Return to top

For More Information

Please e-mail tmdl@tceq.texas.gov and mention the Lower Sabinal River nitrate project in the subject line. Or call us at 512-239-6682.

return to top Return to top