Texas Wetlands regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Texas Wetlands: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Water quality certification: 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) 279.1 to 279.13

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School Land Board (SLB): 31 TAC 151.1

Project activity guidelines: 31 TAC 155.3(g)

Fees: 31 TAC 155.15

Oil and gas activities: 16 TAC 3.93

Solid waste landfills: 30 TAC 330.553(b)(3)

Hazardous waste units: Texas Health and Safety Code (H&SC) 361.099

Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs): 30 TAC 321.38

Mitigation banks: Texas Natural Resources Code (TNRC) 221.021

Regulatory Agencies

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

Texas Government Land Office (GLO)

Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC)

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Fort Worth District Office Galveston District Office Albuquerque District Office Tulsa District Office

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Federal Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 404 permits are issued by the district Corps office before any proposed dredge and fill activities. TCEQ issues CWA Section 401 water quality certification under the permit program, except for oil and gas activities, for which certification is issued by RRC. See the national section WETLANDS for guidance.

TCEQ has issued regulations for wetlands activities taking place on or adjacent to state-owned lands and coastal sand dunes. The state has mapped out which geographic areas are protected.

The state reviews local dune protection plans and certifies that they meet the minimum state standards set forth under the GLO's rules and requirements.

Occasionally, local municipalities may ...


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