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Office of Water - TCEQ - PowerPoint Presentation from the Panhandle Groundwater Conservation Districts Inaugural Texas Panhandle Water Conservation Symposium

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  • 1. L’Oreal Stepney, P.E., Deputy Director Office of Water
  • 2. Office of Water The Office of Water includes TCEQ’s water monitoring, permitting, and planning programs. The Office of Water strives to protect the State′s water resources consistent with sustainable economic development, working towards clean and available water.
  • 3. Office of Water OFFICE OF WATER Fiscal Year 2012 L’Oreal W. Stepney, P.E. - Deputy Director Kim Wilson, Special Assistant Todd Chenoweth, J.D., Special Counsel Kevin McCalla, J.D., Special Counsel Carla Vann, Budget Liaison Shannon Harris, Executive AssistantWater Quality Division Water Quality Planning Division Water Supply Division Water Availability Division Charles W. Maguire Kelly Holligan Linda Brookins Kellye Rila Director Director Director Director
  • 4. 2009 Drought 23% of the Texas in extreme or exceptional drought, including all or part of 70 counties TCEQ received one senior call  90 water right holders suspensions  Water rights suspended for approximately one month
  • 5. 2011 Drought October 4, 2011  97% of Texas in extreme or exceptional drought  Included all or part of all counties in Texas January 31, 2012  60% of Texas in extreme or exceptional drought  Includes all or part of 180 counties in Texas
  • 6. TCEQ Drought Team Meets weekly to monitor drought conditions and impacts - and consider and evaluate response State agency partners participating include:  Texas Department of Emergency Management  Texas Water Development Board
  • 7. Senior Calls 15 Senior Calls  Brazos River Basin  Guadalupe River Basin  Colorado River Basin  Sabine River Basin  Neches River Basin
  • 8. Senior Calls: Types Senior calls from the following types of users:  Municipal  Industrial  Irrigation  Recreation  Domestic & Livestock  River Compact
  • 9. Senior Calls: Suspensions Over 1,200 water right holders suspended TCEQ no longer issuing temporary water right permits in affected basins Suspended water rights do not include junior municipal or power generation uses
  • 10. Senior Calls: Administration In non-Watermaster areas, TCEQ field staff investigate calls and enforce suspensions.  Aerial and on-the- ground investigations  Reviews of:  Steamflow records  Rainfall records  Forecasts
  • 11. Senior Calls: Changes Recent rains have resulted in improvements  Colorado River Basin senior call rescinded  91 suspensions lifted  Brazos River Basin senior call rescinded  648 suspensions lifted  Neches River Basin senior call amended  169 suspensions lifted
  • 12. Senior Calls: New Issues Governor’s Drought Proclamation TCEQ managing new types of calls Working with entities to manage:  Lake levels/temperatures at power plants  Releases from Lake Whitney Changes to senior calls
  • 13. Public Water Systems February 3, 2012:  1,011 public water systems (PWS) with outdoor water restrictions  647 mandatory watering schedule  364 voluntary watering schedule  52 prohibited all outside watering Intensive monitoring of a targeted list of public water systems with limited or unknown supply of water remaining
  • 14. Public Water Systems - FMT Financial, Managerial, & Technical (FMT) Assistance  Identifying alternative water sources  Coordination of emergency drinking water planning  Identification of possible funding sources for alternative sources of water
  • 15. Drought Workshops TCEQ is sponsoring Drought Workshops at 6 locations state-wide Attended by state agency partners  Texas Department of Emergency Management  Texas Department of Agriculture  Texas Water Development Board
  • 16. Conservation During times of drought, conservation is a critical component to managing water supply.
  • 17. Conservation:Public Water Supplies Public water systems should be familiar with their water supply:  Know the capacity of your system – how much water do you have left?  Surface water intakes: understand water level and other requirements.  Groundwater systems: know the level of groundwater and understand the mechanics of your pump.  Maintenance: monitor the maintenance on your intake, treatment plant, and distribution system.
  • 18. Conservation:Drought Contingency Plans Strategies for temporary supply and demand management responses to temporary/potentially recurring water supply shortages/water supply emergencies Required for:  New or amendment to an existing water right  Wholesale and retail public water suppliers TCEQ has strongly encouraged implementation of DCPs at the highest appropriate stage.
  • 19. Conservation:Water Conservation PlansA strategy or combination of strategies for reducing the volume of water withdrawn from a water supply source, for reducing the loss or waste of water, for maintaining or improving the efficiency in the use of water, for increasing the recycling and reuse of water, and for preventing the pollution of water.
  • 20. Conservation:Water Conservation Plans (cont.) Required for:  New or amendment to an existing water right  Existing water right holders  ≥1,000 acre/feet per year  Municipal  Industrial  Other non-agricultural  Agricultural ≥10,000 acre/feet per year
  • 21. Conservation:Wastewater Reuse Wastewater from domestic or industrial sources can be authorized for reuse Authorization can be obtained through:  Texas Administrative Code §210  Individual wastewater permit
  • 22. Water Curtailment Rulemaking  TCEQ’s Sunset Bill (HB 2694) – Section 5.03  The Executive Director may temporarily suspend or adjust water rights during times of drought or other emergency shortage of water.  TCEQ is currently developing rules.
  • 23. Watermaster Evaluations TCEQ’s Sunset Bill (HB 2694) – Section 5.05. Requires the Executive Director to evaluate each basin that does not have a watermaster program at least once every 5 years. The Commission is required to determine the criteria or risk factors for evaluation.
  • 24. Watermaster Evaluations (cont.) Schedule for Watermaster evaluations:  Year 1: Brazos and Colorado River Basins, Brazos- Colorado and Colorado-Lavaca Coastal Basins  Year 2: Trinity and San Jacinto River Basins, Trinity-San Jacinto and San Jacinto-Brazos Coastal Basins  Year 3: Sabine and Neches River Basins, Neches-Trinity Coastal Basin  Year 4: Canadian and Red River Basins  Year 5: Sulpher and Cypress River Basins
  • 25. L’Oreal Stepney, P.E.Loreal.Stepney@tceq.texas.gov512-239-1321