Texas water development board update 3.6.14

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Published on March 10, 2014

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Presented by Bech Bruun at the Texas Water Conservation Association Conference in The Woodlands, Texas - March 2014

Texas Water Development Board Update Bech Bruun Member, Texas Water Development Board

TWDB Mission To provide leadership, planning, financial assistance, information, and education for the conservation and responsible development of water for Texas.

How off the charts was the summer of 2011?

Texas Drought October 4, 2011 February 25, 2014

Wichita Falls – Lake Arrowhead January 22, 2014 27% Full

The SWIFT was created and funded by House Bill 4 Senate Joint Resolution 1 House Bill 1025

House Bill 4 –Provided TWDB governance changes –Created Advisory Committee –Created SWIFT and SWIRFT –Defined how funds can be used –Defined prioritization processes –Outlined technical aspects of legislation

House Bill 4 Governance Changes Three full-time Board members: • One with experience in engineering, one with experience in finance, and one with experience in law or business • Reflect geographic regions and population groups of the state • Staggered six-year terms • May serve for no more than two terms 9

Board Members 10

Open Meetings

HB 4 Advisory Committee Members • Comptroller or designee • Three members appointed by the Lt. Governor: – One from Senate Finance – One from Senate Natural Resources • Three members appointed by the Speaker of the House: – One from House Appropriations – One from House Natural Resources 12

Senate Joint Resolution 1 • Provided for constitutional amendment submitted to voters on November 5, 2013 • Discusses SWIFT, SWIRFT and funding for the state water plan • Provided basic framework • Passage of proposition allowed $2 billion to be transferred from the Rainy Day Fund to SWIFT

The objective of the SWIFT is to provide financial assistance to ensure adequate future water supplies for Texas.

Financial Assistance • Up to 50% of the interest rate available to TWDB • Up to 30-year amortization • Deferral of loan repayment for principal and interest

Undertake to use: At least 20 percent of SWIFT to support water conservation and reuse projects. At least 10 percent of SWIFT to support projects serving rural communities and Texas farmers.16

The SWIFT was exclusively created to support projects in the state water plan. 18

Only political subdivisions and nonprofit water supply corporations will be eligible for funds. 19

20 $ Rural Water Infrastructure Fund How do the $6Billion authorization and the $2Billion Capitalization work together to fund future State Water Plan Projects? $6 Billion GO Authorization No State Appropriated Funding for Debt Service $2 Billion Upfront Capitalization To be Leveraged to Generate more Funding Capacity How will the $2 billion and the $6 billion work together?

A stakeholders group developed uniform standards that all 16 regional water planning groups will use to prioritize projects. 22

23 Minimum criteria considered by the stakeholders committee Decade in which project is needed Feasibility of project Viability of project Sustainability Cost effectiveness Prioritization by regional water planning groups

24 Serve a large population Assist a diverse urban and rural population Provide regionalization Meet high percentage of water users’ needs Highest consideration Prioritization by TWDB

25 Local financial contribution Financial capacity of applicant to repay Ability to leverage with local and federal funding Emergency need for project Readiness to proceed with project Effect on water conservation Priority given by regional water planning group Additional Criteria Prioritization by TWDB

Nov. 5, 2013 • Voters passed Proposition 6 Dec. 1, 2013 • Stakeholders group submitted prioritization standards to TWDB Summer 2014 • Publish draft SWIFT rule June 1, 2014 • Regional water planning groups submit draft prioritized list of regional projects Sept. 1, 2014 • Planning groups submit final prioritized list of regional projects March 1, 2015 • Deadline to adopt SWIFT rules

Agency Changes • Reorganized into six planning and development teams – Organized by geographic areas – Provides for better customer service • Provide more emphasis on outreach, including a new Agriculture and Rural Texas Ombudsman • Create a public rulemaking process 28

Team Leads Team 1 – Luis Farias Team 2 – Brenner Brown Team 3 – Jessica Zuba Team 4 – Nancy Richards Team 5 – Clay Schultz Team 6 – Mireya Loewe

Interactive 2012 State Water Plan

‘modules’ to be released through the fall of 2014: I. water needs (March 24th target release) II. population projections III. water demand projections IV. water management strategies V. existing water supplies Interactive 2012 State Water Plan

Bech Bruun, Board Member Bech.Bruun@twdb.texas.gov 512-463-7384 Follow on Twitter @twdb_bech Lauren Graber, Chief of Staff Lauren.Graber@twdb.texas.gov 512-463-7329 Contact Information

Texas Water Development Board Update Bech Bruun Member, Texas Water Development Board

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