Water Quality

Water Resources Planning and Management

Audubon Center - Dallas

Managing water resources in North Central Texas is critical to the long-term viability and growth of the region and quality of life for residents.

Several important water resource management challenges exist in North Central Texas including water quality challenges, water supply, drought and water conservation efforts and wastewater management. NCTCOG coordinates with local governments and special districts, such as water districts, to promote integrated water resource management and watershed strategies to address these challenges.

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 2018 DRAFT Update to the Water Quality Management Plan

The Draft 2018 Update to the Water Quality Management Plan is now available for public comment. A Public Hearing will be held on June 21, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in the Regional Forum Room at the NCTCOG Offices.
Submit oral or written testimony during the hearing or send written comments referencing the 2018 WQMP Update by June 15, 2018, to NCTCOG, Environment & Development, P.O. Box 5888, Arlington TX 76005-5888; fax 817-695-9191; or email to EandD@nctcog.org.

 2017 Update to the Water Quality Management Plan

 Interactive Mapping Tool for the 2017 Update to the Water Quality Management Plan

The quality of water in North Texas water bodies is important to the health, safety, and welfare of residents, ecosystems, and long-term economic growth. Sources of pollution that impact the health of a water body can be either point or non-point sources. Point sources include specific, discernible locations or sources such as pipes, channels, industrial facilities, or wastewater treatment plants. Non-point source pollution comes from many sources such as land runoff, precipitation, atmospheric deposition, drainage, seepage, or stormwater runoff. Multiple stakeholders are involved in regional initiatives addressing impairments and implementing watershed management strategies to address water quality in North Central Texas.

The North Central Texas Council of Governments has prepared the 2016 Water Quality Management Plan (WQMP) which provides an overview of efforts underway and future planning needs for water resources in North Central Texas. The goals of the 2016 Water Quality Management plan are:

  • Identify water quality programs or projects of significance that contribute to watershed protection and water quality improvements.
  • Identify emerging water quality issues that will impact water quality, wastewater treatment strategies, and water supply efforts.
  • Review wastewater treatment facility planning to ensure that capacities are sufficient to meet future wastewater needs
  • Track and summarize annual wastewater treatment capacity for regional joint system and community plants

 2016 North Central Texas Water Quality Management Plan

The 2016 North Central Texas Water Resources Report was developed as a part of the 2016 Water Quality Management Plan for North Central Texas. The report shares the results of a questionnaire administrated by NCTCOG. A total of 56 regional entities, including local governments, water districts, groundwater districts, independent school districts, and the general public, responded to the questionnaire in March 2016. The results indicated three priority themes for water resources in North Central Texas; Increasing Public Awareness of Water Resources, Water Conservation & Ensuring Appropriate Water Supply, and Funding for Aging Water & Wastewater Infrastructure.

 2016 North Central Texas Water Resources Report

NCTCOG supports several regional projects that aim to address water quality of streams, rivers, and lakes in the North Central Texas region including:

Additional Water Quality Resources:

The North Central Texas region continues to experience high levels of population growth, and forecasts project that this trend will continue through 2040. With increases in population, the North Central Texas region is facing challenges meeting water demand. Local and regional stakeholders are collaborating on best management practices to fulfill water supply shortages for future water needs.

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) Region C Water Planning Group is tasked with developing a regional water plan and implementing the plan in the region.

According to the 2016 Water Plan, in 2020 about 80% of available water in Region C will be supplied by surface water, coming from major reservoirs in the region and imported from surrounding regions. In planning for future needs, recommendations have been made by the Region C Water Planning group that will shift the reliance from surface water supplies to more heavily utilize reuse and conservation strategies to support the growing population. Reuse and conservation make up nearly 50% of strategy supplies for 2040.

The North Central Texas region has several projects that showcase the reuse of treated wastewater as a potential source of water supplies for the region. Check out the North Texas Municipal Water District East Fork Wetlands Project, operating since 1999, which is helping to extend existing water supplies in the region.


Wastewater service is a critical infrastructure component in North Central Texas as the region continues to grow. Communities now on the perimeter of the urbanized area and beyond may become more dependent on each other to partner and provide cost efficient wastewater services. For such a densely populated and growing area, the provision of adequate treatment services is important as well as protecting water quality. Wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) are regulated by TCEQ and are required to acquire permits for their discharges to receiving waterbodies. The permit limits are set by the state to avoid pollutant overloads to surface waters.


Major Water Districts in North Central Texas

Water Conservation is a crucial part of ensuring future water supply and improving water quality for North Central Texas. According to the current state water plan, Region C will be responsible for 44% of the recommended municipal water conservation in the state by 2060. NCTCOG is looking to engage stakeholders and local governments to place an important emphasis on water conservation and reuse as a means to reach water supply goals for future needs. North Central Texas regional stakeholders and municipalities are actively conducting public education campaigns, developing water conservation plans, implementing green infrastructure, water reuse and other watershed protection strategies in order to obtain water conservation goals for future demands.


NCTCOG Region Watershed Protection Plans

A Watershed Protection Plan (WPP) is a coordinated framework for implementing water quality protection and restoration strategies within a watershed. WPPs holistically address all the sources and causes of impairment through diverse, will integrated partnership of stakeholders to assure the long-term health of the watershed. Within the NCTCOG Region, there are currently five plans in place and three in development. More information about each WPP is provided below.

Map of Watershed Protection Plans
Source: NCTCOG, 2016; USGS WBD, 2016; Texas State Soil Water Conservation Board (TSSCWB), 2016


Lake Arlington-Village Creek Watershed Protection Plan

Status: Under development by the Trinity River Authority.

Location: Watershed protection planning includes the area from the Village Creek headwater in northern Johnson County, extending 35 miles to Lake Arlington in southeastern Tarrant County.

The Lake Arlington-Village Creek WPP is being developed in a partnership between the Trinity River Authority, The city of Arlington and local stakeholders. The WPP is driven under the guidance of the Lake Arlington Master Plan (LAMP), developed by the City of Arlington which defined recommendations to address water protection elements not required by the federal or state regulations.

To find out more about the Lake Arlington-Village Creek WPP check out the Trinity River Authority's Lake Arlington-Village Creek Watershed Protection page and learn how to get involved in the process!

Contact: Aaron Hoff, hoffa@trinityra.org


Cedar Creek Reservoir Watershed Protection Plan

Status: As of June 2016, the Cedar Creek Reservoir WPP is being revised by the Tarrant Regional Water District to be submitted to TCEQ and TSSWCB.

Location: Watershed protection planning for the Cedar Creek Watershed is three miles northwest of Trinidad on Cedar Creek in the Trinity River Basin in Rockwall, Kaufman and Henderson Counties.

The Cedar Creek WPP was developed in 2008 through coordination with the Texas Water Resources Institute, Tarrant Regional Water District and local stakeholders within the Cedar Creek Watershed.

Check out the Cedar Creek WPP for more information about the strategies developed by the watershed partnership!

Contact: Clint Wolfe, c-wolfe@tamu.edu


Eagle Mountain Reservoir Watershed Protection Plan

Status: The WPP has been developed.

Location: Watershed protection planning for the Eagle Mountain Reservoir covers 9,200 acres on the West Fork of the Trinity River just north of Lake Worth in northwestern Tarrant and southwestern Wise Counties.

Tarrant Regional Water District and the Texas Water Resources Institute collaborated with local stakeholders on the development of the Eagle Mountain WPP beginning in 2008. As of 2015, the WPP has been reviewed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the Texas State and Soil Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB).

For more information on the multi-year implementation phase of the WPP, check out the Eagle Mountain Watershed Protection Plan: Management Measures, produced by the Texas Water Resources Institute.

Contact: Clint Wolfe, c-wolfe@tamu.edu


Lake Granbury Watershed Protection Plan

Status: Conducting implementation strategies under the Clean Water Act 319 Grant.

Location: Watershed protection planning includes the Lake Granbury Watershed on the Brazos River, draining into Lake Granbury in Parker, Palo Pinto, Hood and Erath Counties.

In 2010, the Lake Granbury WPP was developed in partnership between Brazos River Authority, Texas A&M AgriLife and local stakeholders living and recreating in the Lake Granbury Watershed. In 2016, a stakeholder meeting was held to discuss available funds to continue pursuing implementation of strategies under the Lake Granbury WPP.

For more information regarding the Lake Granbury WPP and to see how you can get involved, visit www.lakegranburywatershed.org.

Contact: Jody Cason, jody.cason@tamu.edu


Hickory Creek Watershed Protection Plan

Status: The WPP is being updated by the City of Denton.

Location: Watershed protection planning for the Hickory Creek Watershed extends west from I-35 through the City of Denton and drains to Lake Lewisville in Denton County.

The 2008 Hickory Creek WPP has recently been updated with an addendum (Appendix D-1) outlining a framework for the WPP to fully meet the requirements of the 9 Elements for Watershed Planning established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The City of Denton has partnered with The Upper Trinity Regional Water District and the North Texas Municipal Water District to find a way to mitigate the impacts of development and maintain current water quality in the Hickory Creek Watershed.

For more information on the updates to the Hickory Creek WPP, check out the City of Denton's Watershed Protection Planning page.

Contact: David Hunter, david.hunger@cityofdenton.com


Lavon Lake Watershed Protection Plan

Status: Under development by the North Texas Municipal Water District.

Location: Watershed protection planning for the Lake Lavon Watershed encompasses the Lake Lavon Watershed above Lake Lavon in Grayson, Fannin and Collin Counties.

The North Texas Municipal Water District, in partnership with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, is bringing together local stakeholders to begin the development of the Lake Lavon WPP.

The Lake Lavon WPP is in the initial stages of development, which will provide critical supporting data and information necessary for the development of a valuable, stakeholder-driven plan.

Are you interested in learning more about the development of the Lake Lavon WPP? Check out the Lake Lavon Watershed Protection Plan Fact Sheet to see how you can get involved!

Contact: NTWMD Environmental Services, Environmental.info@ntmwd.com


Richland-Chambers Reservoir Watershed Protection Plan

Status: Under development by the Tarrant Regional Water District.

Location: Watershed protection planning will encompass the area northwest of Richland-Chambers Reservoir in parts of Johnson, Ellis, Hill, Limestone and Navarro Counties.

The Richland-Chambers WPP is in its initial stages of development. Interested in learning more about the process and getting involved? Contact Tina Hendon with Tarrant Regional Water District to find out about upcoming meetings.

Contact: Tina Hendon, tina.hendon@trwd.com

August 22, 2017
Water Reuse Webinar

Learn about the different types of reuse, and the impacts of reuse in and on the Trinity River, with an emphasis on environmental flows. This webinar features Glenn Clingenpeel and Webster Mangham, from the Trinity River Authority.

View the webinar recording


February 23, 2017
On-Site Sewage Facilities Webinar

Hear about regional and statewide initiatives underway aimed to reduce the impact of OSSFs on public health and the environment.

View the webinar recording


July 12, 2016
Green Infrastructure and Low Impact Development for Improving Water Quality in North Central Texas
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center


February 11, 2016
Water Conservation Education and Outreach Plan Development Workshop
NCTCOG Offices

NCTCOG works with local governments and regional stakeholders to plan for future needs related to water resources in the North Central Texas Region.

Water Resources Council

The Water Resources Council, established in 1979, advises NCTCOG's Executive Board on both technical and policy issues related to water resources matters. The committee reviews day to day technical issues; oversees the water resources planning process; and performs technical review of water related grant applications.

TMDL Coordination Committee

The TMDL Coordination Committee and technical subcommittees are made up of TMDL area stakeholders who review the implementation strategies defined in the Implementation Plan for TMDLs for Bacteria in the Greater Trinity River Region. Each committee aims to ensure that strategies outlined in the I-plan are being implemented to improve the water quality in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

Upper Trinity River Basin Coordinating Committee

The Upper Trinity River Basin Coordinating Committee is made up of regional stakeholders who have initiated a seven year effort to address bacteria impairments in the Upper Trinity River.

Regional Stormwater Management Coordinating Council

The Regional Stormwater Management Coordinating Council (RSWMCC) is composed of 22 representatives from participating entities who provide guidance and oversight to the annual program. Council representatives serve a three year term, and are led by a Chair, Vice-Chair and Past-Chair.