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2007 Draft State Water Plan Set for Comment

Having completed the review and approval this past spring of regional water plans from 15 of the state's planning regions (Region L, the South Central Texas Region, which includes San Antonio, failed to meet the deadline for submission of a plan), TWDB staff has been working for the past few months to aggregate the regional plans into a 2007 draft state water plan. The TWDB incorporated the late South Central Texas regional plan submission into the state plan.

Public Input Needed

Considering that the regional and state water plans in Texas often fall short of what is needed to address environmental flow needs (instream flows and freshwater inflows to bays and estuaries), to maximize water conservation, to achieve sustainable management of groundwater resources, and to use sensible drought management techniques to meet the challenge of dry years, it is imperative that Texans weigh in with their comments and questions on the state water plan.

The draft plan is available for review on the TWDB website. Interested citizens may also view a copy of the draft at the TWDB offices at the Stephen F. Austin Bldg., 1700 N. Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas.

What You Can Do

The Texas Water Development Board will take public comment on the plan until October 6, 2006. Comments may be submitted to the TWDB in writing or by e-mail and should be directed to Bill Roberts, Texas Water Development Board, P.O. Box 13231, Austin, Texas 78711-3231 or at bill.roberts@twdb.state.tx.us.

The Texas Water Development will also be hosting 15 public meetings around the state. Check the TWDB's website to see if one will be in your region of the state.

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