Water Quality Council Established
Following several months of focus and study, TMACOG members and leadership have agreed that a focus on clean, safe, water supply should be a top priority of the Environmental Planning Department.
To that end, TMACOG has established a new Water Quality Council which will replace the Environmental Council. The transition to the Water Quality Council began with the new fiscal year, July 1, 2015.
The Water Quality Council (WQC) is the lead committee of the department. This committee will make policy recommendations and develop the regional water quality agenda. Committees under the WQC will address water quality and public water supply:
• Stormwater Coalition
• Wastewater Committee
• Public Water Supply
• Water System Policies
Making the new Water Quality Council official requires a change to the TMACOG bylaws which can only be done at the General Assembly of TMACOG members held in January, 2016. Until that time, the Environmental Council will continue to meet with transition to the Water Quality Council a key agenda item.
A Water Quality Council steering committee has begun meeting to build a foundation for the new department. The steering committee is working to develop leadership of the new committees and establish detailed goals and operating procedures.
All meetings of TMACOG councils and committees are open to the public. The Environmental Council meets on the fourth Thursday of alternate months. The next meeting is September 24, 2015. The next meeting of the Water Quality Council steering committee is Monday, August 17.
For questions about the transition, contact Kurt Erichsen, vice president of Environmental Planning at 419.241.9155 ext. 126.