Promoting sound water policy for Texas

We had a great time with nearly 500 water industry leaders at TWCA's 80th Annual Convention earlier this month and look forward to covering in Austin March 5-7, 2025 for our 81st Annual Convention!

2024 Award Winners

In our favorite feature of the year, the Association recognized its annual award winners, including:

TWCA 80th Annual Convention DedicationTexas State Representative Four Price

Leroy Goodson Leadership in Water Awards:

  • Jeff Walker, Texas Water Development Board (retired)
  • Karen Bondy (retired)
  • Tom Gooch, Freese & Nichols

President's Awards

  • Sam Bacarisse, House Natural Resources Committee
  • Dan Buhman, Tarrant Regional Water District
  • Glenn Clingenpeel, Trinity River Authority of Texas 

Membership & Services Volunteer of the Year AwardBobby Bazan, TGWA

Honorary Life Memberships:

  • Luana Buckner, Former Chairwoman of the EAA and General Manager Medina County GCD, and past president of TWCA
  • Sonny Hinojosa, Hidalgo County Irrigation District #2
  • Sonia Lambert, Cameron County Irrigation District #2 and Cameron County Drainage District #3, and past president of TWCA
  • Tom Michel, formerly with SJRA
  • Tito Nieto, Cameron County Irrigation District #6
  • Mark Schultz, Gulf Coast Authority Board Member
  • Walt Sears, formerly with Northeast Texas MWD, also a past president of TWCA
  • Jim Sims, formerly with TRA
  • Jeff Taylor, formerly with Freese & Nichols, Inc.

Outgoing President Award: Thank you to Lyn Clancy for her steady leadership and service as TWCA president from 2023-2024. She will continue to serve as president until June 1, 2024, when Wayne Owen becomes President.

To see pictures from the event, visit TWCA's Facebook page.

Board Elections

During the 80th annual meeting of the Board of Directors, we welcomed three new board members and thanked those who stepped down from the board for their service. 

  • Irrigation Panel - Ryan Ard, Lower Neches Valley Authority
  • Irrigation Panel - Michael Kent, Donna Irrigation District
  • Drainage Districts Panel Tina Petersen, Harris County Flood District

For a list of the full TWCA Board of Directors, visit here

Continuing Education

We have been approved for 7.75 hours of CLE credit (0 hours of ethics), as follows:

COURSE TITLE: TWCA Annual Convention

COURSE DATE(S): 03/06/2024 TO 03/08/2024


COURSE NO: 174230595


Wednesday | March 6 (1.75 hours)

  1. Chairwoman Brooke Paup, TX Water Development Board (.75 hours)
  2. Water Quality Session (1 hour)

Thursday | March 7 (3.0 hours)

  1. General/Environmental Panel (.5 hours)
  2. Lead and Copper Rule: Analysis and Funding ( .5 hours)
  3. Kelly Keel, Executive Director, TX Commission on Environmental Quality (.5 hours)
  4. Litigating Overpumping– Aqua Texas v. Hays Trinity GCD (.5 hours)
  5. Federal Affairs Session ( 1 hour)

Friday | March 8 (3.0 hours)

  1. Endangered Species Session (1 hour)
  2. Perspectives on Growth & Land Development (1 hour)
  3. Case Law Update (1 hour)

Need a course certificate for a different license? Email Becky Arledge 


Wednesday, March 6

KEYNOTE: Chairwoman Brooke Paup, Texas Water Development Board

Harnessing AI: Opportunities, Impact, Safeguards - Craig Hopkins, City of San Antonio

Federal Affairs Session - Denis Qualls, Dallas Water Utilities & Dave Mitamura, National Water Supply Alliance

Thursday, March 7

Lead and Copper Rule: Analysis and Funding - Jessie Powell, Lloyd Gosselink Rochelle & Townsend, P.C.; Enriqueta “Keta” Caballero, Texas Water Development Board

Illegal Dams and the Llano River - Jordan Furnans, LRE Water

Litigating Overpumping– Aqua Texas v. Hays Trinity GCD - Deborah Trejo, Kemp Smith LLP

Water Quality Session - PFAS Technical and Regulatory Update: Dan Opdyke, Anchor QEA

Friday, March 8

Case Law Update - Kimberly Grinnan Kelley, Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP + Bridgett Meyer, TX Parks & Wildlife Department

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