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Environmental Flows Process

More about the Bay/Basin Stakeholder Groups

The Bay/Basin Stakeholder Groups will play a key role in the Environmental Flows Allocation Process. This page includes more detail about these groups, including:

    The makeup of the Bay/Basin Stakeholder Groups

    What is involved in being a Stakeholder?

    What is the Stakeholder Group nomination process?

    Would you make a good potential candidate?

    Form for Potential Stakeholder Candidates

The makeup of the Bay/Basin Stakeholder Groups

Seven Bay/Basin Stakeholder Groups will be created, one for each area that is shown on the statewide map. The Environmental Flows Advisory Group will appoint the individuals to serve on these seven Stakeholder Groups. Appointment dates will vary depending on the area, but members for the Sabine & Neches Rivers/Sabine Lake area and the Trinity & San Jacinto Rivers/Galveston Bay area will be appointed first, by November 1, 2007. Click on an area of the statewide map to view a more detailed timeline for each area.

Each Bay/Basin Stakeholder Group must consist of at least 17 members, reflecting a fair and equitable balance of interest groups concerned with the particular river basin and bay system for which the group is established. The interest groups that must be represented by stakeholders, if present in the bay/basin, are:

  1. Agriculture: Irrigation
  2. Agriculture: Free Range Livestock
  3. Agriculture: CAFO
  4. Recreational Water Users: Coastal Recreation/Anglers
  5. Recreational Water Users: Businesses Supporting Water Recreation
  6. Municipalities
  7. Soil and Water Conservation Districts
  8. Industrial Water Users: Refining
  9. Industrial Water Users: Chemical Manufacturing
  10. Industrial Water Users: Electric Generation
  11. Industrial Water Users: Paper Prod. Productions/Timber
  12. Commercial Fishing
  13. Public Interest
  14. Regional Water Planning Groups
  15. Groundwater Conservation District
  16. River Authority and other Conservation and Reclamation District with jurisdiction over surface water
  17. Environmental Interests
What is involved in being a Stakeholder?

Serving as a member of a Stakeholder Group is likely to be a significant commitment of time and effort. However, the contributions made by members will play a vital role in determining what the future will hold for Texas' rivers and bays and all that depend on them. Therefore, it is essential to the success of the process that Stakeholder Groups are made up of dedicated and effective individuals who are committed to the group's important task.

Members of a Bay/Basin Stakeholder Group serve five-year terms expiring March 1. If a vacancy occurs, the remaining members of the group will appoint a member to serve the remainder of the unexpired term by majority vote. The location or frequency of meetings is yet to be determined. All meetings are to be open to the public. Service on a Stakeholder Group is an unpaid volunteer position.

One of the first charges of the Stakeholder Groups is to establish their Bay/Basin Expert Science Team. The area's Science Team will then develop environmental flow analyses and a recommended environmental flow regime for the area, and submit this to their Stakeholder Group and others.

The Stakeholder Group is then to review the environmental flow analyses and environmental flow regime recommendations submitted by their Science Team and consider these in conjunction with other factors, such as the present and future needs for water for other uses in their area. The Stakeholder Group will then develop recommendations regarding environmental flow standards and strategies to meet the environmental flow standards. These recommendations will be submitted to the Environmental Flows Advisory Group and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and will be used by the state to adopt legal standards and strategies for environmental flows needs for the area. In developing its recommendations, the Stakeholder Group is to operate on a consensus basis to the maximum extent possible.

After submitting its recommendations and strategies to meet environmental flow needs, one additional task the Stakeholder Group will complete is a work plan to address adaptive management issues, such as periodic review and refinement of the environmental flow regime recommendations, standards and strategies.

What is the Stakeholder Group nomination process?

The Environmental Flows Advisory Group will appoint individuals to serve on the seven Bay/Basin Stakeholder Groups. The official nomination process is yet to be defined, but we will post more information here as it becomes available.

Would you make a good potential candidate?

The Texas Living Waters Project is gathering names of potential stakeholders to consider nominating to serve on the Bay/Basin Stakeholder Groups. If you or someone you know would be a good candidate, please contact Jennifer Ellis of National Wildlife Federation at 512-476-9805 or ellis@nwf.org

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