Governing Law and Regulations
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 ...