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Clean Water Act Status: TEXAS
 
 
  • Clean Water Act Comparative Ranking
    Cleanest/Best States National Average Dirtiest/Worst States
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    Percentage of Surface Waters with Impaired or Threatened Uses (state + EPA data):
    Number of Impaired Waterbodies (as reported by the state):

    NOTE: Data limitations affect the accuracy of these rankings.

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  • 1998 Clean Water Act Status
    TEXAS contains a portion of 201 watersheds.
    Percentage of Surface Waters with Reported Problems (state + EPA data): 5%
    Number of Waterbodies with Reported Problems (as reported by the state): 146
    Beneficial uses not reported for 100% of waterbodies.

    Priority for Regulation     Number of Waterbodies
    Targeted 10
    High 14
    Medium 71
    Low 51
    Not Assessed for TMDL Priority 0
    Not Reported to US EPA for TMDL Priority 0
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  • Leading Pollutants/Stressors of Surface Waters
    Rivers, Streams, and Creeks
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 85
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in TEXAS assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 7%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Pathogens 64%
    Low Dissolved Oxygen/Organic Enrichment 36%
    Metals 19%
    Salinity/TDS/Chlorides 15%
    Pesticides 8%
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    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


    Lakes, Reservoirs, and Ponds
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 32
    Percent of Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds in TEXAS assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 50%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Pesticides 38%
    Mercury 19%
    Pathogens 19%
    Salinity/TDS/Chlorides 16%
    PCBs 12%
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    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


    Estuaries, Bays, and Coasts
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 27
    Percent of Estuaries and Bays in TEXAS assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 100%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Pathogens 63%
    Mercury 26%
    Dioxin 26%
    Metals 11%
    Low Dissolved Oxygen/Organic Enrichment 7%

    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


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  • Leading Sources of Water Quality Problems
    Rivers, Streams, and Creeks
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 85 (cause not reported for 1%)
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in TEXAS assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 7%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Nonpoint Sources 95%
    Municipal Point Sources 69%
    Impairment source not reported 1%

    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


    Lakes, Reservoirs, and Ponds
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 32
    Percent of Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds in TEXAS assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 50%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Nonpoint Sources 97%
    Municipal Point Sources 25%

    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


    Estuaries, Bays, and Coasts
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 27
    Percent of Estuaries and Bays in TEXAS assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 100%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Nonpoint Sources 89%
    Municipal Point Sources 78%

    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


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