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Water Planning 101 Lower Colorado Regional Planning Group-Region K January 9, 2013 W. David Meesey, O.W.P. (Old Water Planner) 1.

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1 Water Planning 101 Lower Colorado Regional Planning Group-Region K January 9, 2013 W. David Meesey, O.W.P. (Old Water Planner) 1

2 Hydrological Cycle 2

3 Water Planners Nightmare 3

4 Water Planning: Legislative Response to Drought Late 1950s Drought of Record – 1957: Creation of TWDB – $200 million Water Development Fund – 9 State Water Plans, 1961-2012 Late 1990s: Potential New Drought of Record – ~$6 billion economic losses in 96 (mostly agriculture) – ~300 entities with threat to water supplies – 1997 & 2001: Implementation of SB 1 & 2 which created & refined regional water planning 4

5 Regional Water Planning Statutory interests: Public Counties Municipalities Water districts Water utilities Groundwater management areas Industries Agriculture Environment Small businesses Electric-generating utilities River authorities 5

6 Planning Process Select and Recommend WMS 2010 Census plus RWPG adjustments 2010 – 2070 Population & Demand Projections 2010 Water Use Survey Surface Water Availability Models Groundwater Availability Models 2010 – 2070 Supply Projections Identify Water Management Strategies (WMS) Evaluate WMS Impacts Publish Initial Plan Publish Final Plan Receive Public Comments Identify Shortages 2010 - 2070

7 Existing Water Supplies Projected Water Demand Surplus (+) or Need (-) 16 regions each produce a unique 5-yr plan Project future population and water demands Quantify existing and future water supplies Identify surpluses and needs Evaluate and recommend water management strategies Make policy recommendations Adopt the plan Regional Water Planning 7

8 Water Management Strategies WMS are the projects or actions recommended to meet water needs Examples: conservation; wastewater reuse; desalination of surface or ground water New infrastructure to access existing supplies (Example: new pipeline to a distant reservoir) New surface water diversions or impoundments in reservoirs (on/off-channel) New groundwater 8

9 Impact Analysis Strategies are analyzed for potential effects on: Water quality Existing water rights In-stream flows Bay and estuary freshwater inflows Sustainable aquifer yield Agricultural water resources Threatened and endangered species Wildlife habitat Public lands Recreation 9

10 Why do we Plan? Water right permits from TCEQ for a new project must be consistent with regional & state water plans Financial assistance from TWDB for a project only if it is consistent with regional & state water plans. For some loan programs project must be recommended in plan to meet needs Waiver of this requirement by agency governing body can be granted 10

11 Consistency with Regional & State Water Plans Consistency is achieved when a proposed project will use the same source of water as currently used or recommended in the water plan The project does not have to be in the water plan unless certain state financing is used (WIF, etc) Treatment & distribution infrastructure usually not included in plans 11

12 Water Planning Terms & Concepts Drought-of-Record (DoR) - not the worst ever but the worst that was recorded in TX (~150 years) We plan for 50 years by decade – next plan will project to 2070 Water volume in plans is shown in acre-feet-yr (AFY) – 1 Acre-foot = 325,851 gallons – Major reservoir = 5,000 acre-feet (1.63 billion gal) Need is not equal to demand (supply-demand=surplus (positive) or need (negative) Water management strategy – WMS Wholesale water provider – WWP Water user group - WUG 12

13 Water Planning Terms & Concepts Program Acronyms (Alphabet Soup): WAM – Water Availability Model (Surface) GAM – Groundwater Availability Model GMA – Groundwater Management Area containing several GCDs or Groundwater Conservation Districts DFC – Desired Future Condition or the strategy for managing groundwater by a district MAG – Modeled Available Groundwater or the amount available for use annually based on the DFC as a result of running the GAM for the area 13

14 Lower Colorado (K) Region 2010-2060: population projected to increase 100% to 2,831,937 Water supply needed 2060: 367,670 AF Recommended water strategy volume 2060: 646,170 AF Capital cost = $907 million Conservation: 37%; reuse 21% of strategy volume by 2060

15 Lower Colorado (K) Region Conservation: 37% of 2060 strategy volume New off-channel reservoir Reuse: 21% of 2060 strategy volume

16 Planning Group Members Members represent interest groups; 12 statutory & other – A member (county; manufacturing) represents the interests of ALL counties, etc. in the region – May have more than 1 member per interest group, but each represents designated interest for the entire region – Region K, with all or parts of 14 counties, goes beyond requirements by having members that represent each county in the region – Ultimate goal? Produce and adopt a regional water plan every 5 years through work & cooperation of members

17 Planning Group Members Membership has its privileges - and responsibilities – Attend meetings regularly – Designate an alternate for when you cant go – Serve on a committee – Read and learn the material – Think about the big picture (water for Texas) – Ask questions when in doubt Your vote counts; we are all in this together

18 Questions?? Call: David Meesey, TWDB 512) 936-0852 E-mail: Visit with members of LCRWPG (Region K)

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