Rules Overview: Why Do We Do What We Do. Alisa Max, P.E. Harris County. Topics to be discussed today. Rules overview Big Picture TMDL’s And Their Impact Closing Thoughts. Overview. OSSF’s Governed By: Texas Health & Safety Code, Chapter 366 Texas Water Code, Chapters 7 & 37 30 TAC 285
Alisa Max, P.E.
OSSF’s Governed By:
Health & Safety Code, Title 5. Sanitation and Environmental Quality, Subtitle B. Solid Waste, Toxic Chemicals, Sewage, Litter, and Water, Chapter 366. On-Site Sewage Disposal Systems
Delegates powers to TCEQ &
Provides for Authorized Agents
Water Code, Title 2. Water Administration, Subtitle A. Executive Agencies, Chapter 7. Enforcement
Protocols for TCEQ
Water Code, Title 2. Water Administration, Subtitle F. Occupational Licensing and Registration, Chapter 37. Occupational Licensing and Registration
Discusses Licensing and
Texas Administrative Code Title 30. Environmental Quality, Part 1. Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Chapter 285. On-Site Sewage Facilities
The TCEQ’s Rules to implement the program that has been delegated to them through the Texas Health & Safety Code & the Texas Water Code
30 TAC 285.B allows for delegation of the administration of an OSSF Program to local entity known as an Authorized Agent of the State.
The Authorized Agent must enforce 30 TAC 285 and the Texas Health & Safety Code Chapter 366. The Authorized Agent may also proposed more stringent standards than the State provided the TCEQ approves those provisions.
It’s your backyard!
We’re here to protect:
The EPA & TCEQ define standards for our streams that they believe are the minimum amounts to protect the public & the environment. They’ve developed Water Quality Standards.
Aquatic Life Use [How are the Fish & other critters? Is the fishing good? Is your habitat good?]:
Recreation Use: [Want to go swimming? Boating? Play in or near the water? Touch the water without getting a stomach ache?]:
General Use [Affects everything. Makes other things go wrong if these are wrong.]:
When Assigning Causes of Impairments:
EPA’s Cause Code # 92: On-Site Treatment Systems (Septic Systems and Similar Decentralized Systems)
[From Table 4.2: List of EPA Source Codes and Source Categories]
“Onsite sewage facilities (OSSF’s) can be a source of indicator bacteria to streams and rivers. Indicator bacteria loading from failing OSSF’s can be transported to streams in a variety of ways, including runoff from surface drainage to the receiving waters or from transport by storm water runoff.” (pg 53)
OSSF’s contributed 145 billion MPN/day E. coli to parts of the watershed. (Table 25)
All loads from OSSF’s will need to be reduced from 59% - 99.7% (depending upon location) (Tables 31-32)
Source: “Eighteen TMDLs for Bacteria in Buffalo and Whiteoak Bayous and Tributaries”, dated April 8, 2009, and prepared by University of Houston for Total Maximum Daily Load Program, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
You are professionals! You should be treated as such and licensed as such.
The OSSF profession keeps changing and evolving. Continuing education makes sense to keep one’s knowledge current.