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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.

Ladies, join us for fun at

on November 8th 10am to 2pm

at Antebellum Oaks 14913 Murfin Road, Lakeway, Tx

Support CTWC and have a great time with

Bingo, lunch, bubbles, wine, giveaways, prizes, trunk show, silent auction and more.

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Central Texas Water Coalition is pleased to announce Bubbles & Bingo Ladies Luncheon which will include a fabulous lunch with champagne and wine, an afternoon of bingo fun that will award winners with prizes, an informational overview of CTWC's mission, a trunk show with various vendors and a great silent auction!

Please contact us in your have an auction item you'd like to donate for this Event.

For additional help or information, please email Info@CentralTexasWaterCoaliton.org

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.

YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE SUGGESTIONS TO IMPROVE 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 Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) is up for review right now – and the Sunset staff is conducting research and analysis to evaluate the performance of, and the need for improvements to, the LCRA.

YOUR comments are needed now. Public input is confidential and not subject to public disclosure. This is the time to share your specific issues about LCRA and recommend possible solutions for those issues.

Please take advantage of this rare opportunity to present your views on LCRA’s efficiency, effectiveness, fairness, and public accountability in the performance of its duties (excluding its electricity operations), so your comments will be considered by the Sunset staff.

Once the evaluation phase of the review is completed, Sunset staff publishes a staff report, which contains recommendations for the Sunset Commission to consider. Recommendations can suggest changing the state laws governing the agency, or can direct the management of the agency to make improvements.

Please submit your comments as soon as possible by email, phone, mail or online form to:

Erick Fajardo, Project Manager Email: sunset@sunset.texas.gov

Online form at: https://bit.ly/2xV3eyT

Phone: (512) 463-1300; Mail: Sunset Advisory Commission, PO Box 13066, Austin, Texas 78711

Below is a brief summary of the issues that Central Texas Water Coalition raised with the Sunset staff.

Improving LCRA: Considerations for the Sunset Advisory Commission

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.

To meet the challenges of LCRA’s critical role, we offer these recommendations:

· Improving LCRA transparency. Review of water ratemaking processes with improvements in transparency and opportunity for meaningful public participation, including disclosure and explanation of all components of firm and interruptible rates, and real opportunity to challenge a rate at the state level. In all aspects of LCRA’s operations and decision-making processes, assure that complicated water management matters can be reviewed and understood by all stakeholders.

· Addressing inequities. Review of LCRA’s water sales contracts to assess their fairness and effectiveness in recovering LCRA’s costs. Assure that firm water customers are not unfairly burdened with costs associated with water deliveries to other customers.

· What costs money, gets conserved. Review of LCRA’s interruptible water sales and water rates, with a focus on their effectiveness in promoting conservation and meeting LCRA’s obligations under the terms of its state-issued water rights and the 1989 Adjudication Order.

· Science matters. Review of LCRA’s methods for determining water availability and selling water, in view of the tremendous population growth in Central Texas and the ever-present threat of drought and reduced inflows from the watershed. Assure that LCRA, which is entrusted with tremendous volumes of state-owned surface water, uses best available data and science to evaluate those water supplies, and manages and protects that water supply in accordance with the terms of its water rights.

· What gets measured, gets managed. Improve measurement and efficiency of agricultural interruptible water use and water losses, with solutions for minimizing those losses and recovering those costs.

· Improving LCRA governance. Review of LCRA’s governing board structure to avoid the risks posed by conflicts of interest.

· Due Process Right of Review. Develop a practical mechanism for challenging rates set by wholesale water suppliers. Affirm the stakeholders’ rights to participate in the state’s review and approval of the LCRA’s future Water Management Plans, including participation as a party in a contested hearing.

LCRA has started the process for revisions to their 2015 Water Management Plan.

The 2015 LCRA Water Management Plan needs updating to reflect current and future conditions. Weather experts predict more drought. Another big concern: Not much water flowing into the Highland Lakes!

LCRA has prepared a graph that shows the history of monthly inflows for about 80 years, the last drought from 2008 to 2015 and the first 6 months of 2018. It's not about consumption -- The big concern is that this chart shows how really low the inflows have been this year.

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 is actively participating in the public process to update LCRA's 2015 Water Management Plan (WMP). CTWC has submitted comments to LCRA (see below links) and we will be submitting additional comments as more information is presented. We are attending the LCRA-sponsored meetings; we are asking questions to clarify the information being presented; and we are encouraging LCRA to make conservative, more protective assumptions regarding the water supply that we all depend on. LCRA has a short timeline for this period of stakeholder involvement, which is scheduled to culminate with a proposed 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. CTWC will continue to attend and participate in the upcoming stakeholder meetings, and we will keep you posted as things develop. Although the 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, and we are working 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. We cannot assume that it will rain and everything will be OK. We must incorporate methods to account for changing conditions, including the alarmingly low inflows to the Lakes that have been recorded in recent years.

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 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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