About Us

What is CTWC?

The Central Texas Water Coalition (CTWC) is a nonprofit organization advocating for policies that will preserve the Highland Lakes as irreplaceable natural resources that supply water for Central Texas’ 2 million residents and provide an important regional economic engine for the state of Texas. Partners of the coalition include lake residents, business owners, municipal officials, home owner associations, environmentalists and stakeholder organizations. All are united by their commitment to protect our future through responsible water management and conservation policies. Without action, CTWC partners realize the consequences could be dire.


In May of 2010, the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) formed the Water Management Plan Stakeholders Advisory Committee to assist in updating the management plan for Lakes Buchanan and Travis. The committee consists of 16 individuals representing diverse interests including cities, industry, lake-area businesses and residents, agriculture and the environment.

After a year of meetings, it became apparent that not all viewed the lakes as a key water supply and economic engine for the region’s residents and businesses, but rather a source for large releases of water available at discounted prices far below what municipal, business and residential customers were paying.

In response, business owners and lake residents participating in the advisory committee agreed it was time to mobilize lake interests to strengthen their ability to advocate for responsible water management policies. As a result, the Central Texas Water Coalition was formed, and today it has emerged as a strong, respected, and effective voice for protecting the Highland Lakes and advocating for a sustainable water supply for Central Texas.

Leadership and CTWC Board of Directors

  • Shannon Hamilton, Executive Director (send a message)
  • Tom Harrison, President, Founding Member of CTWC | Retired Business Owner
  • Dave Lindsay, Secretary & VP Technical Research | Lake Travis | LyondellBasell; Exxon (retired); Chemical Engineer/MBA
  • Mike Moore, Treasurer | Lakes Travis | KPMG, Partner (retired)
  • Ron Doughty, VP Legislative Affairs | Lake Travis | Prudential (retired)
  • Frank Cooley, VP Legal Services | Lake Travis | Southern California Edison Co, Asst General Counsel (retired)
  • Dave Stauch, Legislative and Business Outreach | Lake LBJ | Founding Principal of CPM Texas, Past Chair of Urban Land Institute
  • Michael Paule, Business Outreach and Communications | Lake Travis | Business Owner
  • Sue Thornton, Lake Buchanan/Burnet County Community Outreach | Non-profit Executive Director (retired) and Consultant
  • Pete Clark, Lake Travis Business Outreach | Business Owner
  • Reed Norman, Llano County, Marble Falls Community Outreach | Retired Marble Falls City Councilman
  • Glenn DaGian, Lake Travis Community Outreach | Attorney & Government Affairs Director (retired)
  • Nick Zackoff, Lake Buchanan Community Outreach l Founder Lake Buchanan Conservation Corp
  • Charlotte Jacunski, Lake Travis Community Outreach | Northshore Marina, General Manager

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