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EnviroMentor Help for Small Businesses and Local Governments

The EnviroMentor program assists small businesses, local governments and independent school districts with environmental regulations such as completing paperwork and answering technical questions. The program is managed by TCEQ’s Small Business and Local Government Assistance (SBLGA) section, which provides confidential assistance without the threat of enforcement. Therefore, EnviroMentor assistance is confidential and does not lead to inspections, citations or fines.

What is an EnviroMentor?

EnviroMentors are qualified professionals with technical or legal expertise on environmental issues who volunteer to help small businesses, local governments and ISDs with state environmental rules. Many EnviroMentors are private-sector consultants. Some are engineers; others are successful professionals (for example, a wastewater system operator) who provide peer-to-peer advice.

Do I qualify to receive EnviroMentor assistance?

To receive free, confidential help from environmental professionals, you must:

  • Be a small business with 100 or fewer employees, or
    • a county with less than 100,000 population, or
    • a city with less than 50,000 population, or
    • a school district with less than 100,000 students.
  • Be committed to complying with state rules to protect the environment, and to correcting violations as soon as possible.
  • Be unable to afford to hire a consultant.

How do I get help from an EnviroMentor?

Contact a Small Business and Local Government Assistance specialist in the TCEQ region where you are located. A specialist will provide you with the necessary paperwork and get you started. Then, the EnviroMentor coordinator will review the information and match you with an EnviroMentor whose expertise matches your needs.

Where can I find more information and assistance?

The TCEQ's Small Business and Local Government Assistance Section offers free, confidential help to small businesses and local governments working to comply with state environmental regulations. Call us at 800-447-2827 or visit our Web page at