It is important that Kerr County have an adequate water supply and that water resources be sensibly developed; and UGRA is part of a team effort to ensure that these goals are realized. UGRA owns and manages Guadalupe River water rights, plays an active role in the Texas Regional Water Planning process, and assumes the role of the Political Subdivision Contract Manager for the Plateau Region Water Planning Group.
Plateau Water Planning Group (Region J)
Stretching from the Central Texas Hill Country westward to the Rio Grande, the Plateau Water Planning Group region is located along the southern boundary of the Edwards Plateau and includes Bandera, Edwards, Kerr, Kinney, Real and Val Verde Counties (map). The Region hosts part of five major River Basins (Rio Grande, Nueces, San Antonio, Colorado and Guadalupe) and their spring-fed tributaries. While underground, the Region is served by three major (Edwards-Trinity Plateau, Edwards BFZ, and Trinity) and several minor aquifers. The Plateau Region is one of 16 water planning regions designated by the Texas Water Development Board (map).The Plateau Water Planning Group (PWPG) is a voluntary association comprised of knowledgeable members representing a minimum of 11 water-use categories, including at least one representative from each of the six counties and from the three Groundwater Management Areas (GMAs).
Region Water Planning Process
In response to the drought of the 1950s and in recognition of the need to plan for the future, The Texas Legislature created the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) to evaluate the availability of the state’s water resources and prepare plans to meet the state’s future water needs. In 1997, the Legislature established a new water planning process coordinated by 16 planning groups representing 16 designated water planning regions (map). The planning groups are each made up of about 20 members that represent a variety of water supply interests. The planning groups conduct all functions at open meetings in an open and participatory manner. Every five years, water plans developed by the 16 regions are merged by the TWDB into a State Water Plan. The ultimate goal of the State Water Plan is to identify policies and actions that may be needed to meet Texas’ near- and long-term water needs based on a reasonable projected use of water, affordable water supply availability, and conservation of the state’s natural resources.
The 16 regional water plans are developed according to a set of guidelines to insure uniformity of format and contain the following major tasks:
Description of the planning region
Projection (50 years) of population and water demand
Analysis of regional water supply sources
Identification of existing and future water supply needs
Development of water supply management strategies and conservation recommendations
Consideration of strategy impacts and consistency with protection of agricultural and natural resources
Analysis of regional drought responses
Development of water policy recommendations
Estimation of water infrastructure financial needs
Description of public participation and Plan adoption
Analysis of implementation and comparison to the previous regional water plan
Water Planning Maps
2022 State Water Plan
The Texas Water Development Board adopted the 2022 State Water Plan in July 2021. Additionally, the Interactive 2022 State Water Plan is available on the TWDB website. This site enables users to take an in-depth look at the 2022 State Water Plan data, projects, and strategies to see how water needs change over time, with filter options that allow viewing statewide details down to the water user level.
2021 Plateau Region Water Plan
The 2021 Plateau Region Water Plan was adopted by the Plateau Water Planning Group (PWPG) on October 22, 2020, and is a regional component of the 2022 State Water Plan.
Model Drought Contingency Plans
PWPG 6th Cycle Meeting Materials:
Recordings of meetings are available upon request to Jody Grinstead (firstname.lastname@example.org)