TCEQ’s Role in Responding to Emergencies

As the agency with the words "environmental quality" in its name suggests, TCEQ plays an important role in protecting the state’s public health and natural resources. As our mission statement proclaims, our goal is clean air, clean water, and the safe management of waste. Still, misconceptions remain about just what TCEQ does, and what authority … Continue reading TCEQ’s Role in Responding to Emergencies

Hutto family keenly aware of importance of reliable water service

The pipes beneath my 120-year-old house were no match for the Winter storm of February 2021. As is crucial with a home on a pier and beam foundation, we heeded the advice of plumbers and local authorities: Our pipes were insulated, a heat cable was installed, and of course, we didn't just drip; we ran a steady … Continue reading Hutto family keenly aware of importance of reliable water service

Blue-green algae: What is it?

Recently, there have been multiple cases in Texas of blue-green algae found in bodies of water, such as Lake Travis and Belton Lake. The occurrences can be especially concerning since there have been cases of death among dogs. Bull Creek, Austin It’s unclear if we’re hearing more about blue-green algae in recent years because it’s becoming … Continue reading Blue-green algae: What is it?

We Were Wondering…

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality strives to protect our state's public health and natural resources consistent with sustainable economic development. Our goal is clean air, clean water, and the safe management of waste.  As a large state agency, with nearly 3,000 employees across the state, TCEQ oversees or regulates some things you may be aware of, such as boil water … Continue reading We Were Wondering…