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The Central Texas Water Coalition advocates for
* Responsible water management policies that minimize fire risks, risks to the drinking water supply and adverse economic impacts that result from very low lake levels
* Equitable pricing for water to encourage conservation by all
* Use of current scientific data in water management decisions

Support the CTWC’s work to advocate for responsible water management policies, equitable pricing and greater conservation by all.

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SUNSET REVIEW OF LCRA

In 1977, responding to scandals in federal and state institutions, the Texas Legislature passed the Texas Sunset Act to restore public confidence in state government. This law establishes a review process for state agencies to ensure that state government is transparent and responsive to the people of Texas. Reviews conducted by the Sunset Advisory Commission (Sunset) create a unique opportunity and powerful incentive for the Legislature and stakeholders to look closely at each agency and make improvements, which can result in changes to relevant laws or different ways of managing an agency.

In 2015, the Texas Legislature expanded the list to include the 18 river authorities. The river authorities will be scrutinized regarding their governance, management, operating structure, and compliance with legislative requirements. CTWC met multiple times with the Sunset Commission staff about our concerns. * Click here to see CTWC testimony to Sunset Commission on 12.12.18.

* Click here to see Sunset Report with Commission Decisions from 1.17.19.

The Central Texas Water Coalition recognizes and supports the vital role that the Lower Colorado River Authority plays in the management of water resources for the Lower Colorado River Basin. CTWC wants to ensure sustainability of water availability while supporting environmental flows for the entire basin. We must all rethink the way surface water is utilized.

LCRA is revising their 2015 Water Management Plan.

The 2015 LCRA Water Management Plan needs updating to reflect current and future conditions. Weather experts predict more drought.

We are thankful that the Texas Water Development Board is conducting studies to evaluate the rainfall-runoff trends in the upper basin. This must be understood so that accurate planning can be done in all water management plans to insure future water supplies. CTWC is committed to protecting our future through continued advocacy for responsible water management and conservation policies in this New Normal.

CTWC has participated in the public process to update LCRA's 2015 Water Management Plan (WMP) by attending the LCRA sponsored meetings and we encouraged LCRA to make more conservative and protective policies regarding the water supply that we all depend on.

Our understanding is that LCRA staff will submit the proposed new WMP to the TCEQ in February 2019.

Although the existing 2015 WMP provides greater protection of the Highland Lakes than the prior WMPs, the latest hydrological data and studies tell us that much more protection is needed to protect these precious water supplies. Changes are vital to protect the Lakes, CTWC has worked hard to assure that the most recent data and the best science are used to determine how much interruptible water can be released from Lakes Buchanan and Travis for downstream customers.

CTWC has submitted comments to LCRA on June 20, July 31, September 13, October 12, November 1 following each of LCRA’s initial informational meetings. CTWC also submitted comments to the LCRA Board at their meeting on November 14th. Much time and effort was made to compose our comments, see below, you can review.

It is important to incorporate methods to account for changing conditions, including the high population growth and the alarmingly low inflows to the Lakes that have been recorded in recent years. Adequate water supplies must be maintained in the upper basin. We cannot assume that it will rain and everything will be OK.

We cannot assume that it will rain and everything will be OK.

CTWC comments to LCRA concerning needed updates to their 2015 Water Management Plan:

You can view CTWC comments submitted on June 20, 2018 at:, CLICK HERE

You can view CTWC comments submitted on July 31, 2018 at:, CLICK HERE

You can view CTWC comments submitted on September 13, 2018 at:, CLICK HERE

other document Analysis of inflows submitted with CTWC comments on September 13, 2018 at:, CLICK HERE

other document Why we keep having 100 year floods submitted with CTWC comments on September 13, 2018 at:, CLICK HERE

You can view CTWC comments submitted on October 12, 2018 at:, CLICK HERE

You can view CTWC comments submitted on November 1, 2018 at:, CLICK HERE

You can view CTWC oral comments made to LCRA Board on November 14, 2018 at:, CLICK HERE

You can view CTWC written comments submitted to LCRA Board on November 14, 2018 at:, CLICK HERE

You can view LCRA's Fact Sheet with the 2015 Water Management Plan information that is currently being used to manage the Highland Lakes:, CLICK HERE

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