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Brought to you by Texas Living Waters Project November 7, 2018
Best Bets for
Texas Water
Planning for Texas’ water future
Thanks for joining us!
● All attendees are muted.
● Use Q&A box to ask questions at any point.
● 40 minutes webinar, 20 minutes for questions.
● Slides and recorded webinar will be available on our
website: texaslivingwaters.org
NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION
Jennifer Walker
NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION
Lizzie Jespersen
Best Bets for Texas Water
This guidebook evaluates the pros and cons of different water supply strategies based on three criteria:
1. Environmental impact
2. True costs
3. Long-term viability
Dig in deeper: texaslivingwaters.org/bestbets
Brought to you by Texas Living Waters Project November 7, 2018
Today we’ll cover...
An outlook for Texas’ water future
How different water supply strategies can impact wildlife and
Texans
How Texas water planning works
How to get involved
How you can find out which water supply strategies have been
recommended for your community
Texas’ future = less water
Climate change studies for Texas predict more intense periods of both flood and drought, making it more difficult
for humans and wildlife to recover in-between these extremes.
Having enough water for communities to make it through longer, more intense droughts is a huge concern. But
even in wet years, it’s possible for Texas to use more water than it gets.
Texas’ future = less water
2020
One year from now
Predicted population: 29,510,184 people
Existing supplies: 15,218,204 acre-feet per year
Potential shortages: 4,759,781 acre-feet per year
2030
Eleven years from now
Population: 33,628,653 (↑ 14% from 2020)
Existing supplies: 14,892,293 (↓ 2% from 2020)
Potential shortages: 5,633,971 (↑ 18% from 2020)
2040
Twenty-one years from now
Population: 37,736,338 (↑ 28% from 2020)
Existing supplies: 14,502,941 (↓ 5% from 2020)
Potential shortages: 6,365,565 (↑ 34% from 2020)
2050
Thirty-one years from now
Population: 41,928,264 (↑ 42% from 2020)
Existing supplies: 14,209,786 (↓ 7% from 2020)
Potential shortages: 7,070,952 (↑ 49% from 2020)
2060
Forty-one years from now
Population: 46,354,818 (↑ 57% from 2020)
Existing supplies: 13,953,724 (↓ 8% from 2020)
Potential shortages: 7,842,062 (↑ 65% from 2020)
2070
Fifty-one years from now
Population: 51,040,173 (↑ 73% from 2020)
Existing supplies: 13,571,551 (↓ 11% from 2020)
Potential shortages: 8,891.808 (↑ 87% from 2020)
2020 → 2070
21.5 million more Texas residents
Texas is potentially short on water
by 8.9 million acre-feet each year
Texas will potentially only be able to
meet 60% of its water demands

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Best Bets for Texas Water webinar: Planning for Texas' water future

  • 1. Brought to you by Texas Living Waters Project November 7, 2018 Best Bets for Texas Water Planning for Texas’ water future
  • 2. Thanks for joining us! ● All attendees are muted. ● Use Q&A box to ask questions at any point. ● 40 minutes webinar, 20 minutes for questions. ● Slides and recorded webinar will be available on our website: texaslivingwaters.org NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION Jennifer Walker NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION Lizzie Jespersen
  • 3. Best Bets for Texas Water This guidebook evaluates the pros and cons of different water supply strategies based on three criteria: 1. Environmental impact 2. True costs 3. Long-term viability Dig in deeper: texaslivingwaters.org/bestbets
  • 4. Brought to you by Texas Living Waters Project November 7, 2018 Today we’ll cover... An outlook for Texas’ water future How different water supply strategies can impact wildlife and Texans How Texas water planning works How to get involved How you can find out which water supply strategies have been recommended for your community
  • 5. Texas’ future = less water Climate change studies for Texas predict more intense periods of both flood and drought, making it more difficult for humans and wildlife to recover in-between these extremes. Having enough water for communities to make it through longer, more intense droughts is a huge concern. But even in wet years, it’s possible for Texas to use more water than it gets.
  • 6. Texas’ future = less water 2020 One year from now Predicted population: 29,510,184 people Existing supplies: 15,218,204 acre-feet per year Potential shortages: 4,759,781 acre-feet per year 2030 Eleven years from now Population: 33,628,653 (↑ 14% from 2020) Existing supplies: 14,892,293 (↓ 2% from 2020) Potential shortages: 5,633,971 (↑ 18% from 2020) 2040 Twenty-one years from now Population: 37,736,338 (↑ 28% from 2020) Existing supplies: 14,502,941 (↓ 5% from 2020) Potential shortages: 6,365,565 (↑ 34% from 2020) 2050 Thirty-one years from now Population: 41,928,264 (↑ 42% from 2020) Existing supplies: 14,209,786 (↓ 7% from 2020) Potential shortages: 7,070,952 (↑ 49% from 2020) 2060 Forty-one years from now Population: 46,354,818 (↑ 57% from 2020) Existing supplies: 13,953,724 (↓ 8% from 2020) Potential shortages: 7,842,062 (↑ 65% from 2020) 2070 Fifty-one years from now Population: 51,040,173 (↑ 73% from 2020) Existing supplies: 13,571,551 (↓ 11% from 2020) Potential shortages: 8,891.808 (↑ 87% from 2020) 2020 → 2070 21.5 million more Texas residents Texas is potentially short on water by 8.9 million acre-feet each year Texas will potentially only be able to meet 60% of its water demands
  • 7. That’s where water supply strategies come in. It’s not possible to create more water, but it is possible to help communities become more resilient by planning wisely for a future with more people and a changing climate.
  • 8. Water supply & management strategies Humans have long been innovating to create water supply solutions across regions, cultures and history. Examples of supply and management strategies include: 01 | Damming rivers to create water storage reservoirs 02 | Pulling water up from below the ground 03 | Piping water from one region to another 04 | Removing salt from seawater to make it drinkable 05 | Purifying and reusing wastewater 06 | Storing water underground until it’s needed Matthew Bradford City of Wichita Falls
  • 9. Potential (negative) impacts on humans and wildlife 1 Every water supply project means less fresh water in our springs, rivers and bays – which can be devastating for wildlife and our state’s natural heritage. 2 Without enough fresh water flowing through rivers into Texas bays, economically-valuable regions and species suffer, harming coastal communities and the state’s economy. 3 The high costs for water infrastructure projects are passed down to Texas residents through the water rates they pay each month. 4 There are also project-specific impacts, such as permanently flooding valuable agricultural land to create reservoirs, and causing land to sink and become more vulnerable to floods as a result of depleting aquifers.
  • 10. Top three strategies for Texas’ water future 1. Water conservation The big idea: Make your community’s water last longer by using less of it. Technology, policy, and landscaping and rainwater collection practices can all help a community use less water. 2. One Water The big idea: Rethink the way communities manage water. Bring the parks department, urban planners, business leaders and community members into the process to look at the big picture of how water moves through a community. Then, plan and build in ways that use it wisely. 3. Nature-based solutions The big idea: Mimic nature’s water management solutions to capture more water, whether through rainfall collection systems or through land management techniques that replenish groundwater supplies and slow rainwater runoff. (Ex: rain gardens, permeable pavement, riparian restoration)
  • 11. Potential (positive) impacts on humans and wildlife 1 Communities that use water conservation to decrease their water demands are better prepared for droughts and water scarcity. So are the impacted rivers, bays, and wildlife, which need this water to survive. 2 Communities that use water more wisely – including using rainwater and reusing wastewater – increase their local water supplies, which allows them to be more flexible and resilient. 3 By investing in many smaller-scale policies and projects, communities become more resilient and able to adapt if one strategy doesn’t pan out. 4 Conserving water, One Water and nature-based solutions have additional benefits, such as making communities less vulnerable to flooding.
  • 12. Are these “top three” strategies enough on their own?
  • 13. Who decides which strategies are implemented, and how can I get involved? Texas water planning happens on state, regional and local levels. It’s important to know who the decision-makers are at each level so you know who you should contact with questions and concerns.
  • 14. How is Texas water managed? 01 State Decision-maker(s): Texas Water Development Board What they do Prepare the State Water Plan based on regional water plans. This informs Texas water planning for upcoming decades. It includes projections for population size, water availability, water shortages and which strategies the state recommends for meeting water demands. QUICK TIP The State Water Plan takes water demands from different sectors into consideration. The environment isn’t included in these calculations. Charles Kruvand
  • 15. How is Texas water managed? 02 Regional Decision-maker(s): Regional Water Planning Groups, which are composed of representatives from different sectors and industries. What they do Prepare regional water plans – these inform the State Water Plan. Take a high-level look at the region’s water demands vs. supply across different sectors. QUICK TIP Texas is split into 16 water planning regions. Find yours: www.twdb.texas.gov/waterplanni ng/rwp/regions/index.asp Charles Kruvand Charles Kruvand
  • 16. How is Texas water managed? 03 Local Decision-maker(s): Water providers, city councils. What they do Make sure there’s enough clean drinking water and that it gets to your water faucet. Decide which water supply strategies will be implemented, and how it will be done. Create five-year Water Conservation Plans. QUICK TIP If you don’t know where your current drinking water comes from, you can find out by contacting your water provider. Charles Kruvand Matthew Bradford
  • 17. How do I know which water supply strategies have been proposed for my community? In addition to following local news and reaching out to your water provider, you can use the State Water Plan website to get an idea of which projects are being considered for your community.
  • 18. Questions to ask as a water advocate Best Bets for Texas Water: texaslivingwaters.org/bestbets A Water Customer’s Guide to Drinking Water Infrastructure: http://bit.ly/2P7MNaM
  • 19. Thank you! Submit your questions in the Q&A box.