Region K is made up of all or part of 14 counties in Central Texas: San Saba, Burnet, Llano, Mills, Blanco, Gillespie, Hays (partial), Williamson (partial), Travis, Bastrop, Fayette, Wharton (partial), Colorado, and Matagorda.
What is the Region K Water Planning Group’s authority?
Region K has no regulatory, strategy or project implementation authority. Region K does not have the power to enforce conservation but it is up to individual users and businesses to conserve water.
How much money is available for the fourth planning cycle and who sponsors Region K?
Region K is sponsored by the Texas Water Development Board and Region K acquired a grant of $227,689.00 and an amended addition of $565,838 to support the forth cycle (2011-2016) of regional planning. LCRA is the administrative agent for Region K.
During the first two years of the current five-year planning cycle, we conducted special studies to examine particular water strategies and identify changing conditions. We are building on, and improving, the existing plan. We are particularly focused during this planning cycle on coordination within the region, as is required to address shared challenges. The RCWPG has revised the Regional Water Plan to address changed conditions and to reflect regional input on potentially feasible water management strategies. The public comment period has closed for the 2016 Initially Prepared Plan and the 2016 plan will be finalized by December 2015.
What are some of the water planning accomplishments achieved since Regional Water Planning began in 1997?
Three rounds of planning have been completed, and we are now in our fourth five-year cycle. Any projects seeking permits or state funding must be consistent with the Regional Water Plan. Further, we have contributed towards implementation of a variety of water management strategies. The Planning Group has also helped facilitate a significant amount of regional cooperation and a large amount of public participation in the planning process.
We must also develop a reasonable surplus supply, from a variety of sources, to guard against worse-than-expected droughts, unanticipated population growth and unforeseen problems with the implementation of planned strategies.
Is Region K planning for enough conservation and reuse? Could we just rely on conservation and reuse, and avoid having to build new reservoirs in the future?
Yes, over half of the planned amount in 2060 is coming from conservation and reuse. No, we could not just rely on conservation and reuse strategies. Conservation accounts for 37 percent of 2060 strategy volumes and reuse accounts for 21 percent of the 2060 strategy volumes. Additional supply needed in 2060 is 367,671 acre-feet per year, conservation and reuse will only cover 58% of the supply needed.