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TWDB Releases New Texas Water Plan

By Bruce Barr
County GIS Analyst

“In serious drought conditions, Texas does not and will not have enough water to meet the needs of its people, its businesses, and its agricultural enterprises,” wrote Edward G. Vaughan, chairman of the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), in the preamble to “2012 Water for Texas.”

“2012 Water for Texas,” the water plan issued by the TWDB, is written for drought conditions, and its purpose is to ensure that the state has enough water available to function somewhat normally, if in a conservation mode, during a drought of record event over the next 50 years. According to the Lower Colorado River Authority, the drought of record was the decade-long drought that affected Central Texas from the late 1940s through the late 1950s.

“Water for Texas 2012” predicts the water availability for each of the 16 planning regions in Texas and also outlines the region’s water management plans and the associated costs for implementing them.

A draft of the plan is available and will be open for public comment through Oct. 25. The public also had the opportunity to give input at regional meetings across the state during the last month. Additional responses may be submitted in writing to Kathleen Ligon at or P.O. Box 13231, Austin, TX 78711.

Water Plan Workshop Scheduled for Nov. 14
Carolyn Brittin, Water for Texas 2012 leader and deputy executive administrator of Water Resource Planning and Information for TWDB, will be a presenter at the TAC Fall Administrative Workshop Nov. 14, 2011, at the Omni Marina Hotel, Corpus Christi.

As well as discussing the various grants available to counties from the TWDB, Brittin will talk about the 2012 water plan, which looks at water availability in Texas up to the year 2060. Brittin will discuss how implementation of the plan will affect future growth.

For more information, or to get a copy of the water plan, contact Bruce Barr at .