Protecting Our Water Supply in the Digital Age

Private industries discharge their wastewater into Texas streams and lakes. That is an undisputed fact. In order to do so, they must first apply for a discharge permit with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), and that process requires that TCEQ post two notices to inform the public of the permit being sought. Yet few people will ever see these notices. The reason is an antiquated rule in the Texas Water Code that requires the notice to be placed in the newspaper. In today’s world of digital media, few people bother with print newspapers. If the intent is to inform the public, wouldn’t social media provide a more appropriate venue to publish these notices?

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