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Travis County’s Environmental Quality Program (EQP) is located within the Transportation and Natural Resources Department (TNR). The Environmental Quality Program is responsible for implementing Commissioners Court-adopted policies to:

  • Maintain and enhance water quality
  • Reduce water pollution associated with land development
  • Eliminate industrial waste from our waterways and aquifers
  • Conserve water, natural resources, and materials through source reduction, reuse, recovery & recycling
  • Facilitate safe and proper solid waste management in Travis County
  • Reduce air pollution to levels safe for the public

Our Guiding Principles

  • Public Service
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Elimination of Pollution Sources and Impacts
  • Resource Conservation
  • Public Education & Outreach
  • Regulatory Assistance


We address environmental pollution that can directly affect Travis County’s unique water resources, air quality, the health of our residents, and our quality of life

The Environmental Quality Program is headquartered at 700 Lavaca Street, in downtown Austin. The program also has field inspection staff located at county service centers east and west of Austin.

We are a collaborative program and rely on our staff and partners to provide expertise in their given area. Programs and projects managed within Environmental Quality include:

  • Storm Water Management Program
    • construction site compliance
    • permanent BMP compliance
    • industrial storm water compliance
    • development permit application technical review
    • public education, outreach, and involvement
  • Technical services and assistance to County operations
  • Zero Waste Initiative promoting recycling and reuse by all County operations
  • Ozone Advance Program, a local partnership to improve air quality
  • Enforcement of water quality and solid waste management requirements
  • Water Quality Monitoring and Investigations

Emily Ackland
Environmental Quality Program Manager

Weekdays: 8:00-5:00
(512) 854-9383

Environmental Hotline
(512) 854-4400

Contact information