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1 Creating the Water Supplies of the Future in Time of Financial Drought Lewis McMahan Texas Water Development Board

2 Budget deficit Austin American Statesman – January 10, 2011 Revenue estimate puts shortfall at $27 billion Texas is expected to collect $72.2 billion in taxes, fees and other general revenue during the budget, down from the $87 billion used in the current two-year budget, Comptroller Susan Combs announced Monday. That puts the shortfall at $27 billion given that maintaining services would run $99 billion for biennium.

3 Growth continues Between 2004 and 2006 state-to- state migrants to Texas increased fourfold Between 2006 and 2008, an average of 80,471 Californians moved to Texas. That was nearly twice the number of Texans moving to California, giving Texas a net gain of 37,166 Californians a year Dallas Morning News December 21, 2010 Population in Texas is expected to more than double between the years 2000 and 2060, growing from about 21 million to about 46 million. Water for Texas Population in Texas is expected to more than double between the years 2000 and 2060, growing from about 21 million to about 46 million. Water for Texas

4 Funding the State Water Plan Additional supplies needed by 2060: 8.3 million acre-feet Plans: 9.0 million acre-feet per year by 2060 Capital costs to design, construct, or implement the recommended water management strategies ~$53 billion. (Preliminary data for 2012 State Water Plan) Additional supplies needed by 2060: 8.3 million acre-feet Plans: 9.0 million acre-feet per year by 2060 Capital costs to design, construct, or implement the recommended water management strategies ~$53 billion. (Preliminary data for 2012 State Water Plan) Legislative Appropriations Request FY Additional Bonding Authority Economically Distressed Areas Program -$100 million State Water Plan Debt Service -$200 million Texas Seawater Desalination Demonstration Project [$9.5 million grant] Legislative Appropriations Request FY Additional Bonding Authority Economically Distressed Areas Program -$100 million State Water Plan Debt Service -$200 million Texas Seawater Desalination Demonstration Project [$9.5 million grant] Sunset Advisory Commission Authorize the Board to issue Development Fund general obligation bonds, at its discretion, on a continuing basis, in amounts such that the aggregate principal amount outstanding at any time does not exceed $6 billion. Sunset Advisory Commission Authorize the Board to issue Development Fund general obligation bonds, at its discretion, on a continuing basis, in amounts such that the aggregate principal amount outstanding at any time does not exceed $6 billion.

5 The Crow and the Pitcher * A CROW perishing with thirst saw a pitcher, and hoping to find water, flew to it with delight. When he reached it, he discovered to his grief that it contained so little water that he could not possibly get at it. He tried everything he could think of to reach the water, but all his efforts were in vain. At last he collected as many stones as he could carry and dropped them one by one with his beak into the pitcher, until he brought the water within his reach and thus saved his life. Necessity is the mother of invention. * Aesops Fables The Crow and the Pitcher * A CROW perishing with thirst saw a pitcher, and hoping to find water, flew to it with delight. When he reached it, he discovered to his grief that it contained so little water that he could not possibly get at it. He tried everything he could think of to reach the water, but all his efforts were in vain. At last he collected as many stones as he could carry and dropped them one by one with his beak into the pitcher, until he brought the water within his reach and thus saved his life. Necessity is the mother of invention. * Aesops Fables

6 Effective steps to advance the water infrastructure agenda 1. Water planning 2. Improve regulatory environment 3. Support water research 4. Education and outreach recognition 5. Effective partnerships 1. Water planning 2. Improve regulatory environment 3. Support water research 4. Education and outreach recognition 5. Effective partnerships

7 Effective Long-term Water Planning Example: Regional & state water planning in Texas

8 Improve regulatory framework Implementing innovative water technologies Education Demonstration projects Desalination concentrate management (Hazardous Waste) Classification Underground injection Professional organizations Implementing innovative water technologies Education Demonstration projects Desalination concentrate management (Hazardous Waste) Classification Underground injection Professional organizations

9 Support water research programs Agricultural Water Conservation Reuse Research AgendaGIS Tools for Water ReuseDesalination Guidelines

10 Education and outreach Innovative Water Technologies helping to extend texas' water resources

11 Education and outreach: Recognizing excellence

12 Partnering around technology development Water Technology Innovation Cluster [US EPA Press Release January 18, 2011] partnerships among: universities, large corporations, emerging companies, federal government, state government, local government, and economic development associations develop and commercialize innovative technologies to solve environmental and public health challenges, encourage sustainable economic development, and create jobs Water Technology Innovation Cluster [US EPA Press Release January 18, 2011] partnerships among: universities, large corporations, emerging companies, federal government, state government, local government, and economic development associations develop and commercialize innovative technologies to solve environmental and public health challenges, encourage sustainable economic development, and create jobs

13 Tarrant Co. Dallas Co. Effective Regional Partnerships Example: Tarrant Regional Water District Wetland Reuse Project* Existing Supply: Richland- Chambers Cedar Creek Bridgeport Eagle Mtn. Benbrook Arlington Richland- Chambers Trinity River Cedar Creek Current Wetland Phase II Wetland * Modified from APAs McDonald Introduction and overview of potable reuse projects already implemented- Texas Innovative Water 2010

14 Our stones

15 Water Science and Conservation Innovative Water Technologies Innovative Water Technologies To research, develop, and disseminate information to advance the development of innovative water management strategies in Texas


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