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Colorado and Lavaca Rivers and Matagorda and Lavaca Bays Basin and Bay Stakeholder Committee and Expert Science Team

Created by the 80th Texas Legislature in recognition of the importance that the ecological soundness of our riverine, bay, and estuary systems and riparian lands have on the economy, health, and well-being of our state

New Information The next meeting of the Colorado and Lavaca Rivers and Matagorda and Lavaca Bays BBASC is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on November 21, 2013,  at LCRA’s Eastern Maintenance Facility located at 104 E. State Hwy 71, La Grange,Texas, 78945.

At the March 28, 2012, agenda, the Commissioners directed the Water Availability Division staff to post for consideration and comment the stakeholder recommendations from the Colorado/Lavaca and Guadalupe/San Antonio Bay Basin and Bay Area Stakeholder Committees.

Environmental Flow Recommendations

 The Environmental Flows Recommendation Report from the Colorado and Lavaca Rivers and Matagorda and Lavaca Bays Basin and Bay Stakeholder Committee (BBASC) was submitted on August 30, 2011 and can be viewed here.

The Final Environmental Flow Recommendations Report from the Colorado and Lavaca Rivers and Matagorda and Lavaca Bays Basin and Bay Expert Science Team (BBEST) was completed on March 1, 2011. The final report and related technical documents can be viewed through the following links.

 

Work Plan for Adaptive Management

On June 26, 2012, the Colorado and Lavaca Rivers and Matagorda and Lavaca Bays Basin and Bay Stakeholder Committee (BBASC) submitted their Draft Work Plan for approval to the Environmental Flows Advisory Group. The work plan can be viewed here.

The Science Advisory Committee's (SAC) review and comments on the BBASC Work Plan Report can be viewed here.

Basin and Bay Area Stakeholder Committee (BBASC)

The Texas Water Code requires the creation of several Basin and Bay Areas Stakeholder Committees for specific river basin and bay systems listed in the Texas Water Code §11.02362Exit the TCEQ. (map: geographical extent of priority basins).

 

These Committees have specific tasks to perform to assist with the work of the Environmental Flows Advisory Group. One of the tasks the Committees are to perform is to establish a Basin and Bay Expert Science Team. Each Basin and Bay Expert Science Team will develop an environmental flow analyses and a recommended environmental flow regime for their specific river basin and bay system.

 

Members of the Colorado and Lavaca Rivers and Matagorda and Lavaca Bays Basin and Bay Area Stakeholder Committee (BBASC)

 

Interest Group

Patrick Brzozowski, Chair

River Authorities

Myron Hess, Vice-Chair

Environmental Interests

Bruce Arendale

Recreational Water Users

James Dailey

Public Interest Groups

Ronald Gertson

Groundwater Conservation Districts

John Gosdin

Public Interest Groups

Carroll Hall

Recreational Water Users

David Hill

Chemical Manufacturing

Deedy Huffman

Refining

Joe King

Electricity Generation

Frank Lewis

Free-Range Livestock

Teresa Lutes

Municipalities

Richard Ottis

Regional Water Planning Groups

L.G. Raun

Agricultural Irrigation

Caroline Runge

Groundwater Conservation Districts

Andrew Sansom

Environmental Interests

Clarence Schomburg

Free-Range Livestock

Bob Shoemate

Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Haskell Simon

Regional Water Planning Groups

Buddy Treybig

Commercial Fishermen

Suzanne Zarling

River Authorities

 

Meetings of the Colorado and Lavaca Rivers and Matagorda and Lavaca Bays Basin and Bay Area Stakeholder Committee (BBASC)

December 17, 2009

January 27, 2010

February 24, 2010

March 31, 2010

May 26, 2010

August 25, 2010

October 28, 2010

December 1, 2010

January 26, 2011

February 17, 2011

March 3, 2011

March 30, 2011

April 27, 2011

May 13, 2011

May 25, 2011

June 16, 2011

Pulse Flow Standards

June 29-30, 2011

July 20-21, 2011

August 2-3, 2011

Small Pulse Graphic
Draft Larger Pulse Standards Implementation
Overbank Flows Discussion
Hydrologic Condition Engagement Analysis (simplification)
Draft Hydrologic Conditions
Channel Maintenance Flow Protection
Flow Standard Recommendation Template

August 18, 2011

November 21, 2013

January 7, 2014 (Conference Call)

 

Basin and Bay Area Expert Science Team (BBEST)

The Texas Water Code requires the creation of several Basin and Bay Area Expert Science Teams for specific river basin and bay systems listed in the Texas Water Code §11.02362Exit the TCEQ. (map: geographical extent of priority basins).

 

These Teams have specific tasks to perform to assist with the work of the Environmental Flows Advisory Group. Each Basin and Bay Expert Science Team will develop an environmental flow analyses and a recommended environmental flow regime for their specific river basin and bay system.

 

Members of the Colorado and Lavaca Rivers and Matagorda and Lavaca Bays Basin and Bay Expert Science Team (BBEST)

  • David Buzan, Chair
  • Bryan Cook, Vice-Chair
  • Thom Hardy
  • Richard Hoffpauir
  • Kirk Kennedy
  • Melissa Romigh
  • Joe Trungale
  • Cathy Wakefield
  • Steve Watters
  • SAC Liaisons
    • Ed Oborny, Primary
    • Paul Jensen, Backup
  • Non-Voting Members
    • Nolan Raphelt, TWDB
    • David Bradsby, TPWD
    • Kathy Alexander, TCEQ

BBEST Reimbursement Documents

Meetings of the Colorado and Lavaca Rivers and Matagorda and Lavaca Bays Basin and Bay Expert Science Team (BBEST)

March 31, 2010

  • The March 31, 2010 meeting was held in conjunction with the Basin and Bay Area Stakeholder Committee. Meeting materials can be found above.

April 20, 2010

May 11, 2010

June 2, 2010

July 21, 2010

August 24, 2010

September 21, 2010

October 19, 2010

November 16, 2010

December 21, 2010

January 18-19, 2011

February 15, 2011

 

Work Plan Development

After submitting their environmental flow standards and strategies to the TCEQ, the Texas Water Code requires that the basin and bay stakeholders committee, assisted by the basin and bay expert science team, prepare a work plan that establishes a periodic review of the environmental flow recommendations, prescribes monitoring and studies, and establishes a schedule for continuing validation or refinement of the environmental flow recommendations. The work plan must be submitted to the Environmental Flows Advisory Group for approval.

 

Meetings on Work Plan Development

May 12, 2011

February 23, 2012

April 30, 2012

June 7, 2012

 

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For answers to any other questions about this stakeholder committee or expert science team, please call or e-mail leslie Patterson at 512-239-6655 or through the main Water Supply Division line, 512-239-4691.