First of three statewide TWDB work sessions a success

For immediate release.  Contact: Kimberly Leggett at 512-463-5129

AUSTIN (February 11, 2014) More than 100 stakeholders from the Houston metro area attended a Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) work session in Conroe today.  It was the first of several meetings the Board is holding outside of its Austin headquarters as part of an effort to get statewide input on the water issues that are most important to Texans, including the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT).

"Today's large turnout and level of public participation demonstrate the significant interest in TWDB's work.  I look forward to additional input at our next meetings," said TWDB Chairman Carlos Rubinstein. "It is critical for us to hear from citizens as we move forward with implementing the SWIFT."

"The intent of our work sessions around the state is to provide more Texans with the opportunity to voice their concerns and opinions," said Board Member Bech Bruun. "Today's meeting successfully accomplished that goal."

Over the next year, TWDB will develop rules that establish how the SWIFT funds will be used and how water projects will be prioritized.  Today's work session also included a briefing on water loss and a TWDB-funded project underway at the San Jacinto River Authority.

Subsequent meetings will be held Feb. 24 in Lubbock and March 24 in Harlingen.  More details on these meetings and the SWIFT can be found at SWIFT website.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional planning and preparing the state water plan for the development of the state’s water resources. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.