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 Texas Water Day, Washington, D.C. February 3 – 5, 2015

As all of you are aware, the TWCA, through its Federal Affairs Committee and the Texas Water Development Board, has scheduled the 11TH (Eleventh) Annual Texas Water Day, which will take place February 3-5, 2015, in Washington, D.C.  We will kick off the activities with a planning session, briefing, assignments, and get together in the Concord/Lexington/Bunker Hill Room at 4:00 p.m., February 3, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave., NW.  Another briefing will be held at breakfast which will be served starting at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 in the Thornton Room ABC.

We will then move to the Capitol for the main event of the day.  Texas Congressional Members, key Congressional Committee Members and staff, leaders of Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and USGS, and others will comment on our Texas priority issues and, importantly to hear from us on those issues.  This is our opportunity to ask questions and for the TWCA and TWDB delegation to make requests for assistance in addressing our priority water issues.

The Congressional Reception will be held on Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at 6:00 p.m., in Room B369 of the Rayburn House Office building.  We urge you to invite your members of Congress to attend the reception.

We have reserved a block of rooms at Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.  Room reservations may be made by calling (202) 737-1234 OR https://resweb.passkey.com/go/TXWaterConservation.  Room rates are $229.00 per night, with a cut-off date of Monday, January 5, 2015.



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The Texas Water Conservation Association is the leading organization in Texas devoted to conserving, developing, protecting, and using the water resources of the state for all beneficial purposes


   
Documents of Interest
pdf Notification of Accreditation of CLE Activity
pdf TWCA Water Quality subcommittee letter to U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service with comments on proposed rules of Endangered Species Act
pdf MCLE Accreditation Notice
pdf Joint letter to Council on Environmental Quality relative to Principles and Guidelines – Draft Interagency Guidelines presented to TWCA Federal Affairs Committee at the TWCA 2013 Mid Year Conference in Galveston
  Texas House adopts S.J.R. 1 - One step closer to funding critical water infrastructure projects
  TWCA encourages its members to reach out to members of the Texas House and respectfully encourage them to vote for S.J.R 1.
pdf Draft Water Resources Development Act of 2012
pdf Invitation to Attend the State Revolving Fund Financial Assistance Workshops
pdf Water Reuse Document – Considerations for Advancing Reuse in Texas
pdf TWCA letter to TCEQ - Nutrient Background
pdf Texas Water Conservation Association comments relating to the Nutrient Development Plan

Important Dates
 

TWCA/TRWA Water Law Seminar
January 22 – 23, 2015, Omni Austin Downtown Hotel.

 
TWCA Annual Convention
March 4–6, 2015
Sheraton Austin Hotel, Austin, TX
TWCA Mid-Year Conference
October 14-16, 2015
The Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk Hotel, San Antonio, TX
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The lawsuit filed in March 2010 by The Aransas Project (TAP), a non-profit organization represented by Houston-based attorney Jim Blackburn, alleged that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) violated the “taking” provision of Section 9 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) because it permitted diversions of freshwater from the Guadalupe and San Antonio Rivers. The “taking” provision prohibits any activity that kills or harms a listed species or that destroys its habitat, and TAP alleged that diversions "took" whooping cranes, which are listed as endangered under the ESA. After a three-year litigation process and millions of dollars in legal fees, U.S. Judge Janis Jack of Corpus Christi ruled March 11, 2013, in favor of TAP. Her ruling prohibited TCEQ from issuing new water permits on the Guadalupe and San Antonio Rivers and ordered Texas to pursue a plan with US Fish & Wildlife to ensure fresh water for the cranes’ habitat. On March 15, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and GBRA moved that the federal district court stay its order. The motions were denied. Abbott and GBRA appealed on an emergency basis. On March 26, the appeals court granted a stay on Judge Jack’s ruling. With the stay in place, Texas officials are able to issue water permits. On Aug. 8, 2013, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans heard arguments regarding the lower court’s decision.

Link to the 5th Circuit oral argument recordings page

Link to the specific audio recording of the August 8, 2013 oral argument in the whooping crane case