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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.

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT TO ENSURE OUR ACTIVITIES CAN CONTINUE. PLEASE CONSIDER DONATING TODAY TO CTWC SO THAT WE CAN KEEP WORKING FOR YOU AND OUR LAKES.

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.

The Sunset staff conducted research and analysis and you can find the report at: https://www.sunset.texas.gov/reviews-and-reports/agencies/lower-colorado-river-authority

The Sunset Commission (composed of 10 appointed members of the legislature and 2 public members) held a hearing and heard public and invited testimony on its staff report on LCRA on Wednesday, December 12th. CTWC testified at the hearing and has been working with members of the Commission to identify opportunities to further protect the Highland Lakes through this process. * Click here to see CTWC testimony to Sunset Commission on 12.12.18. On January 9th, the Commission will officially approve the contents of the report along with any modifications it votes to approve. After the report is finalized it will be sent to Legislative Council to be drafted into a bill that will be filed during the upcoming legislative session. That bill will follow the same process as other legislation, being considered in hearings by Senate and House committees as well as the full Senate and House before being sent to the Governor’s desk. If the bill fails to make it that far through the process the LCRA will continue to exist in its current form without any of the Sunset-recommended changes so we are hopeful the bill will move and CTWC can again play a critical role in supporting that process. There may also be opportunities throughout the legislative process to improve the bill.

The tentative schedule for a public meeting for the Commission's decision is January 9, 2019.

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 propose WMP application for LCRA Board review and approval in December 2018, followed by submittal of the proposed new WMP to the TCEQ in January 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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