Texas water development board update 3.6.14


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Presented by Bech Bruun at the Texas Water Conservation Association Conference in The Woodlands, Texas - March 2014

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  • During late 2012 and 2013, Board staff developed a proof-of-concept prototype of an online, interactive 2012 State Water Plan but that application had not been completed due to lack of dedicated staff resources. The prototype focused on water management strategies as you will see in a minute.Staff are now working to fully develop the application for release in 2014Today, I will be showing you views from the ‘strategies’ module.(**Please disclaim the accuracy of the data at the start to avoid anyone taking specific line items to task since the site is not working correctly just yet)
  • This map shows a schematic representation of all the water sources for all of the water management strategies supplying San Antonio in 2010.
  • Note the “2010” decade is highlighted.(This map shows a schematic representation of all the water sources for all of the water management strategies supplying San Antonio in 2010.Note that those yellow/orange lines are simply schematic elements to show the link between the user and source – they do not represent pipelines.Note also that single strategies and the associated user groups can also be viewed in a diferent view.Now we can move forward in time , to 2060, to the next slide….
  • This map now shows the same information but in 2060(the ocean is highlighted in the bottom right corner because they include seawater desal as a strategy)
  • Now, let’s say you wanted to know “Who else was planning a strategy that relied on water from Gonzales County GW?”Just click on that GW shape on the map and….. next slide….
  • This view now shows other entities that rely on GW in Gonzales County.The table shows the associated user names, volumes, and water management strategy names.(You could then go on and click on any of the green dots to find out more about the associated entity represented by that dot.)Note also that users will also be able to click on data elements that are in the table to view related data
  • The first will be ‘identified water needs’Each module will be a separate tab at the top of the page. You will first select the overall category of interest (tab at top), such as population.
  • Texas water development board update 3.6.14

    1. 1. Texas Water Development Board Update Bech Bruun Member, Texas Water Development Board
    2. 2. TWDB Mission To provide leadership, planning, financial assistance, information, and education for the conservation and responsible development of water for Texas.
    3. 3. How off the charts was the summer of 2011?
    4. 4. Texas Drought October 4, 2011 February 25, 2014
    5. 5. Wichita Falls – Lake Arrowhead January 22, 2014 27% Full
    6. 6. The SWIFT was created and funded by House Bill 4 Senate Joint Resolution 1 House Bill 1025
    7. 7. House Bill 4 –Provided TWDB governance changes –Created Advisory Committee –Created SWIFT and SWIRFT –Defined how funds can be used –Defined prioritization processes –Outlined technical aspects of legislation
    8. 8. House Bill 4 Governance Changes Three full-time Board members: • One with experience in engineering, one with experience in finance, and one with experience in law or business • Reflect geographic regions and population groups of the state • Staggered six-year terms • May serve for no more than two terms 9
    9. 9. Board Members 10
    10. 10. Open Meetings
    11. 11. HB 4 Advisory Committee Members • Comptroller or designee • Three members appointed by the Lt. Governor: – One from Senate Finance – One from Senate Natural Resources • Three members appointed by the Speaker of the House: – One from House Appropriations – One from House Natural Resources 12
    12. 12. Senate Joint Resolution 1 • Provided for constitutional amendment submitted to voters on November 5, 2013 • Discusses SWIFT, SWIRFT and funding for the state water plan • Provided basic framework • Passage of proposition allowed $2 billion to be transferred from the Rainy Day Fund to SWIFT
    13. 13. The objective of the SWIFT is to provide financial assistance to ensure adequate future water supplies for Texas.
    14. 14. Financial Assistance • Up to 50% of the interest rate available to TWDB • Up to 30-year amortization • Deferral of loan repayment for principal and interest
    15. 15. Undertake to use: At least 20 percent of SWIFT to support water conservation and reuse projects. At least 10 percent of SWIFT to support projects serving rural communities and Texas farmers.16
    16. 16. The SWIFT was exclusively created to support projects in the state water plan. 18
    17. 17. Only political subdivisions and nonprofit water supply corporations will be eligible for funds. 19
    18. 18. 20 $ Rural Water Infrastructure Fund How do the $6Billion authorization and the $2Billion Capitalization work together to fund future State Water Plan Projects? $6 Billion GO Authorization No State Appropriated Funding for Debt Service $2 Billion Upfront Capitalization To be Leveraged to Generate more Funding Capacity How will the $2 billion and the $6 billion work together?
    19. 19. A stakeholders group developed uniform standards that all 16 regional water planning groups will use to prioritize projects. 22
    20. 20. 23 Minimum criteria considered by the stakeholders committee Decade in which project is needed Feasibility of project Viability of project Sustainability Cost effectiveness Prioritization by regional water planning groups
    21. 21. 24 Serve a large population Assist a diverse urban and rural population Provide regionalization Meet high percentage of water users’ needs Highest consideration Prioritization by TWDB
    22. 22. 25 Local financial contribution Financial capacity of applicant to repay Ability to leverage with local and federal funding Emergency need for project Readiness to proceed with project Effect on water conservation Priority given by regional water planning group Additional Criteria Prioritization by TWDB
    23. 23. Nov. 5, 2013 • Voters passed Proposition 6 Dec. 1, 2013 • Stakeholders group submitted prioritization standards to TWDB Summer 2014 • Publish draft SWIFT rule June 1, 2014 • Regional water planning groups submit draft prioritized list of regional projects Sept. 1, 2014 • Planning groups submit final prioritized list of regional projects March 1, 2015 • Deadline to adopt SWIFT rules
    24. 24. Agency Changes • Reorganized into six planning and development teams – Organized by geographic areas – Provides for better customer service • Provide more emphasis on outreach, including a new Agriculture and Rural Texas Ombudsman • Create a public rulemaking process 28
    25. 25. Team Leads Team 1 – Luis Farias Team 2 – Brenner Brown Team 3 – Jessica Zuba Team 4 – Nancy Richards Team 5 – Clay Schultz Team 6 – Mireya Loewe
    26. 26. Interactive 2012 State Water Plan
    27. 27. ‘modules’ to be released through the fall of 2014: I. water needs (March 24th target release) II. population projections III. water demand projections IV. water management strategies V. existing water supplies Interactive 2012 State Water Plan
    28. 28. Bech Bruun, Board Member Bech.Bruun@twdb.texas.gov 512-463-7384 Follow on Twitter @twdb_bech Lauren Graber, Chief of Staff Lauren.Graber@twdb.texas.gov 512-463-7329 Contact Information
    29. 29. Texas Water Development Board Update Bech Bruun Member, Texas Water Development Board