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The goal of the Clean Rivers Program is to maintain and improve the quality of water resources within each river basin in Texas through an ongoing partnership involving the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission, other agencies, river authorities, regional entities, local governments, industry, and citizens. The program will use a watershed management approach to identify and evaluate water quality issues, establish priorities for corrective action, and work to implement those actions.

Goal 1

Ensure Efficient Use of Public Funds

  • Encourage 10 percent cap on administrative expenses
  • Adhere to generally accepted accounting standards and reporting
  • Employ proper procurement procedures
  • Maintain effective administration of contracts and sub contracts

Goal 2

Enhance Public Participation and Outreach

  • Provide forums for citizens to contribute their ideas and concerns to the process
  • Give local citizens the opportunity to indicate the most important or pressing issues through steering committees, public meetings, and other forums. Provide information necessary to balance local priorities with regional, state, and federal priorities
  • Increase public awareness of water quality and local pollutant sources
  • Communicate information on water resource issues to the public
  • Work to expand the role of the public in water quality management issues
  • Promote volunteer environmental monitoring of local water bodies, rivers, creeks, and streams

Goal 3

Encourage Comprehensive and Cooperative Watershed Planning

  • Foster cooperation among federal, state, regional, and local planning agencies and governments, regulated entities, and the public
  • Link water quality and water quantity
  • Reduce duplication of effort by coordinating local and regional monitoring programs
  • Foster greater cooperation with neighboring states and Mexico
  • Coordinate watershed assessments with bay and estuary assessments

Goal 4

Maintain Basin-Wide Water Quality Monitoring Programs

  • Maintain a quality-assured routine, systematic, targeted, and volunteer monitoring plan
  • Develop a cooperative, accepted quality assurance project plan
  • Encourage participation in water quality training events
  • Coordinate with other basin monitoring entities

Goal 5

Develop and Maintain a River Basin Water Quality Database Clearinghouse

  • Maintain a database management plan
  • Collect information on factors in the watershed that have the potential to impact water quality
  • Provide information to interested parties

Goal 6

Provide Quality Assured Data to the Commission for Use in Water Quality Decision Making

  • Collect quality assured water quality data for permit decisions, standards development, stream classification, 305(b), 303(d), TMDL development, and other applications

Goal 7

Focus on Priority Issues and Address Local Initiatives

  • Identify the most immediate, potential threats to high quality waters
  • Prioritize existing water quality problems with input from steering committee members
  • Focus resources on problem areas through the use of intensive studies or pilot projects

Goal 8

Identify, Analyze, and Report on Water Quality Issues and Potential Causes of Pollution

  • Perform basin assessment of water quality on a watershed basis
  • Analyze the data to identify priority watersheds using a scientifically based method
  • Analyze the data to determine the most likely sources of the water quality problem
  • Identify potential threats to water quality from point and nonpoint sources
  • Describe activities and findings in reports for interested parties

Goal 9

Identify and Evaluate Alternatives for Preventing and Reducing Pollution

  • Work with regional entities to identify best management practices and preventive or remedial measures
  • Increase cooperation among natural resource agencies and local entities to address issues in a coordinated manner
  • Provide results of assessment activities to stakeholders responsible for managing the outcome and work toward addressing the problem

To address comments to the Sabine River Authority of Texas, please contact us.
http://www.sratx.org/srwmp/tcrp/goals.asp
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