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Region L - South Central Texas
2001 Regional Water Plan Review
Basic Plan Facts
What's at Issue?Region L was one of only a handful of regions that included advanced conservation measures in the planning efforts for their municipalities. The San Antonio area faces major challenges because of the need to reduce dependence on the Edwards Aquifer in order to protect spring flows at Comal and San Marcos Springs and associated endangered and threatened species.
While Region L does not propose any new major dams on surface streams, it does have the distinction of having proposed water development projects that could have significant effects on more of the principal rivers and associated bay and estuarine systems of our State than any other region. Components of the Region L plan have the potential to affect the ecological health of not only the San Antonio and Guadalupe Rivers but also the Colorado. Nueces, and Lavaca-Navidad Rivers. The plan also could have affects on several of the major estuarine systems of Texas: San Antonio Bay (Guadalupe Estuary), Corpus Christi (Nueces Estuary) and Matagorda Bays. A prominent example is the proposed Guadalupe River Diversion to San Antonio. This strategy would include serious reductions in freshwater inflows to the Guadalupe estuary, and threatens endangered Whooping Cranes at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge.
Action ItemsHere are some of the items the Region L Planning Group must address.
Conservation and Drought Management
For conservation and drought management, the plan needs to...
To secure the protection of flows for fish and wildlife, the plan needs to...
To ensure that only the most economically sound water supply strategies are implemented, the plan needs to...
Online ResourcesRegional water plan documents can be located on the TWDB website. Additional information may also be found on the region's website.
TWDB Regional Water Planning Website
The 2001 Region L Water Plan
Region L's Website
AnalysisThe National Wildlife Federation analyzed the initially prepared plan using their Principles for an Environmentally Sound Regional Water Plan. Please contact us for more information about this analysis.