-TWDB ultimate mission - (Texas Water Development Board – change noun to verb = “developing water for Texas”)
-”Pray for Rain, Plan for Drought”
-Goal: to address the state’s water needs to ensure a healthy & vibrant economy
-Plan for kids / grandkids
We’ve also engaged in an entirely new level of public and community outreach.
-First Impressions / What we’ve been doing
-Created an Agricultural and Rural Texas Ombudsman to help reach more communities and assist them with planning for their future water needs.
-In his first few months, Doug Shaw, has traveled from 1,500 miles to over 3,000 miles per month
More focus has been on TWDB and water issues due to: Drought -As of May 27, 71% of the state remains in moderate to exceptional drought -72% (a week ago) -68% (3 months ago) -88% (a year ago)
2. Population Growth (see next slide, slide 7)
3. SWIFT dollars (see slide 8)
More focus has been on TWDB and water issues due to:
2. Population Growth
In order to keep up with our ever growing population and roughly 1,000 people moving to Texas everyday, we must ensure we have enough water!
In 2060, the population of Texas is projected to be nearly 7 times the size it was in 1950.
The state’s population is expected to grow by 82% in the next 50 years, growing from 25 million to 46 million people.
3. SWIFT dollars (see next slide, slide 8)
More focus has been on TWDB and water issues due to:
3. SWIFT dollars
-SWIFT was created and funded during the last legislative session through House Bill 4, Senate Joint Resolution 1 and House Bill 1025.
-Texas Treasury Safekeeping Trust Company (Trust) will manage funds; Trust manages other funds in the State of Texas (i.e. tobacco)
-Trust will provide annual reporting to TWDB and Advisory Committee
-Serves as an infrastructure bank exclusively for state water plan projects
-Provides a source of revenue for specified TWDB bond programs
-Provides a cash flow mechanism where funds flow back to SWIFT after their use
-Benefits of getting loan from TWDB as opposed to open market: Supports low-interest loans (up to 50% of the interest rate available to TWDB), longer loan terms (up to 30-year amortization), incremental repurchase terms, and loan deferrals
SWIRFT: State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas
-Protect corpus, grow to $27 billion
-If you have a project and are interested in financing, TWDB has several programs.
Come talk to us before you go out on your own, even if your project isn’t in the State Water Plan and not eligible for SWIFT.
-Bond Enhancement Agreements are professional service contracts that will provide a source of revenue or security for the payment of the principal of and interest on general obligation bonds, or revenue bonds, issued by TWDB to finance or refinance projects included in the state water plan.
HOW WILL THE REGIONAL WATER PLANNING GROUPS (RWPGs) PRIORITIZE PROJECTS?
Water plan project prioritization will occur on two levels: (1) regional level and (2) state level – see next slide
(1) Regional Level -Prioritization process starts at the local level through the RWPGs
-RWPGs (local leaders) identify critical water supply projects and make key decisions using this criteria
-Texas tradition of “bottom up” water planning
-RWPG priorities draft due by June 1, 2014; final prioritization by September 1, 2014.
Water plan project prioritization will occur on two levels: (1) regional level – previous slide and (2) state level
(2) State Level -TWDB will establish a scoring system through HB 4 rulemaking to prioritize water projects eligible to receive SWIFT funding
-Highest consideration will be given to these four criteria, as stated in the statute
These additional criteria will also be considered, at a minimum.
Emergency need for project: -Less than 180 days of water without additional rain
-Federal funding had been used or sought
Readiness to proceed with project All preliminary planning and design work completed Applicant has acquired water rights Applicant has secured funding from other sources Applicant is able to begin construction of project
We’ve held Board work sessions around the state (Conroe, Lubbock, Harlingen & El Paso) to allow Texans to meet us and voice their opinions on Texas water matters.
-In December, Board approved uniform standards developed by regional water planning group committee for regional prioritization of water plan projects
-Created agency rule team and public process to develop rules
-Draft rule to be posted on agency website June 18; consider authorization to publish draft SWIFT rule at June 26 Board meeting. TWDB is continuing to seek stakeholder input on HB 4 rulemaking and will hold additional public meetings before finalizing the rule.
-Extended public comment period. I anticipate the comment period to close around Sept. 1
-Anticipate rule adoption Dec.18 - By statute, the rules must be adopted no later than March 1, 2015; however, the TWDB is developing a schedule to have them completed by December 2014.
Photo of staff attending the first SWIFT Advisory Committee Hearing on June 2.
With the assistance of staff, we are working on Process Enhancement!
We have heard three most common problems with the Board: customers not knowing who to talk to – addressed with the establishment of the regional teams a need for streamlined environmental review process – addressing with the streamlined environmental review process lack of online financial assistance application – working on the online financial assistance application
We welcome any further ideas to improve and enhance efficiency.
Introduction of Deputies and Supporting Staff Kevin Patteson, Executive Administrator
Staff support of Advisory Committee, as specified by HB4: -Amanda Landry, CFO -Jeff Walker, Water Supply & Infrastructure (including financial assistance programs and planning) -Robert Mace, Water Science & Conservation (including data collection, modeling, and innovative water technologies)
Todd Chenoweth, Senior Policy Advisor - Todd specifically serves as TWDB’s HB 4 rule development lead. While not a position specified in HB4, Todd, and the rest of the TWDB are ready to assist the Committee.
Since September 1, when the new governing structure was put in place, TWDB has undertaken significant new changes:
TWDB was reorganized in Nov. 2013 to emphasize program development, project implementation and completion, improved communication, and process transparency.
Reorganized planning and development staff into 6 teams by geographic areas:
-This new structure provides for better customer service. NOW, TWDB ensures you talk to the same staff (who are assigned to your region) each time you call
-Before agency reorganization, calling the board was similar to a game of telephone, spoke to different person each call / multiple contacts
-Each team has subject matter experts: manager, engineer, financial analyst, environmental reviewer, attorney, planner (1 staff member from each team is a planner and that same person serves as a resource to the respective areas regional water planning group)
-Opportunity for staff to develop deeper understanding of regional needs and programs best suited to meet those needs
-Bridges gap between planning and financing, particularly for state water plan projects
-Allows quicker review process for financial assistance, has improved internal agency communication, and provides for bester customer service/ stronger relationships with customers
All of these efforts are directed towards providing funding for more projects across Texas.
Challenges in past that have now been addressed:
Streamlining Environmental Review TWDB staff has created a new template-style Environmental Data Form - current guidance documents for clients are lengthy and confusing.
Benefits of new Environmental Data Form: Ensures level of environmental analysis is commensurate with potential impacts - TWDB is re-evaluating environmental requirements and the documentation required to satisfy them. In addition, we are currently in the process of developing and documenting internal procedures to ensure consistency among regional teams. Develop new process for federal cross-cutter compliance - The new process we are developing for federal cross-cutter compliance will reduce the level of unnecessary coordination and documentation with regulatory agencies for resources that are not being impacted by the project. For example, if your project is not near a forest, coordination with the Forest Service will no longer be required. Decreases environmental review time for TWDB staff and regulatory agencies - many TWDB projects with a low potential for environmental impacts have been subjected to the same level of environmental review as higher impact projects. Our goal is to create different environmental review paths that are commensurate with the potential environmental impacts of the project. Decreases document preparation time and cost for clients Clarifies requirements - this will help clarify what information is required and will increase the efficiency of document preparation and both regulatory and staff review.
We are also in the process of developing an online application to make it easier to apply for our loans.
In addition to streamlining our financial programs, we’ve also launched new scientific platforms to our already robust scientific data sets.
Added groundwater component to Water Data for Texas website – waterdatafortexas.org. At this site you can find both surface water (reservoir conditions) information, the latest on drought conditions, and the latest conditions at nearly 200 wells across the state.
Groundwater data is an important ingredient in providing water to Texans: • They help understand where we should drill wells and what we can expect for quantity and quality of water • They can help set triggers for drought planning and management of this resource • They help us know how suitable groundwater will be for drinking water • They are critical building blocks of groundwater flow models that enable projections of future water supply
If you click on the groundwater data shown on the map, you’ll find: • Real‐time accessible information on groundwater levels across the state. • Useful information for understanding whether aquifer water levels are rising or falling over time. • Essential information to scientists and planners that prepare groundwater flow models and other tools to manage water resources.
Launched first stage of interactive state water planning website that illustrates potential water shortages.
This data helps Texans plan for their future water needs.
How can you as leaders in your community be involved and help Texas with its water needs?
PROMOTE CONSERVATION – “DON’T BE A WATER HOG” – “No Sea Un Des-per-dic-iado”
OUR ASK: Public participation - We need you to assist us to engage community leaders to implement the bottom-up approach to make Texas successful and work together to achieve our common goal "develop water for Texas“
Educate community regarding TWDB resources & the importance of water needs / Provide us comments on the SWIFT (go to our website for comment form or attend upcoming work session)
Be engaged – contact us if you hear of a glitch / Encourage your citizens, chambers of commerce, mayors, industries to comment and get involved in the regional water planning process
Assist with 50-year planning horizon / Attend regional water planning group meetings so you can help your community be successful in planning for their water needs
Your charge – TWDB has the funding, we have the science, but it’s up to local communities to have the VISION and INVEST in the future
We want the broader communities to be engaged that already have a network and are trusted – i.e. Chamber of Commerce, TWCA, TRWA, Farm Bureau, Cattle Raisers
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak!
Again, as I mentioned earlier, we want you to actively participate in planning for future water needs to achieve our common goal of "developing water for Texas."
Let us know if there is an opportunity for me or one of the other board members to speak in your community and we will make every effort to attend.
Pray for Rain, Plan for Drought!
I encourage you follow me on twitter: @twdb_kathleen!
Water for Texas - Water for the Future
WATER for TEXAS
Water for the Future
Carlos Rubinstein, Chairman
Bech Bruun, Director
Kathleen Jackson, Director
To provide leadership, planning, financial assistance, information,
and education for the conservation and responsible development of
water for Texas.
University of Texas at El Paso
Village of Vinton
El Paso County
State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT)
Source of revenue for TWDB bond programs
Cash flow mechanism
Low-interest loans, longer loan terms, incremental
repurchase terms, and loan deferrals
CAPACITY ANALYSIS BASED ON UTILIZING SWIRFT
Decade in which project is needed
Feasibility of project
Viability of project
REGIONAL WATER PLANNING GROUPS
Serve a large population
Assist a diverse urban and
Meet high percentage of
water users’ needs
PRIORITIZATION BY TWDB
Local financial contribution
Financial capacity of applicant to repay
Ability to leverage with local and federal
Emergency need for project
Readiness to proceed with project
Effect on water conservation
Priority given by regional water planning group
PRIORITIZATION BY TWDB
Nov. 5, 2013 • Voters passed Proposition 6
Dec. 1, 2013
• Stakeholders group submitted prioritization
standards to TWDB
June 1, 2014
• Regional water planning groups submit
draft prioritized list of regional projects
June 26, 2014
• Consider authorization to publish draft
Sept. 1, 2014
• Planning groups submit final prioritized
list of regional projects
March 1, 2015 • Deadline to adopt SWIFT rules
STREAMLINING ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW
• Replace guidance documents
with template forms
• Ensure that level of review is
commensurate with potential
• Develop new process for federal
• Clarify requirements
EXPANDED SCIENTIFIC DATA
INTERACTIVE STATE WATER PLAN WEBSITE
HOW CAN YOU BE INVOLVED?