REGION H WATER PLANNING GROUP MEETING
MARCH 1, 2005
SAN JACINTO RIVER AUTHORITY OFFICE
LAKE CONROE DAM
1577 DAM SITE ROAD
MEMBERS PRESENT: James Adams, Chairman, Roosevelt Alexander, John R. Bartos, John Blount, Robert Bruner, Mark Evans, Jason Fluharty, Mary Alice Gonzalez, Jack Harris, Robert Istre, Carolyn Johnson, David Jenkins, James Morrison, James Murray, Ron Neighbors, Bill Roberts, Michael S. Sullivan, Jeff Taylor, William Teer, Steve Tyler, and C. Harold Wallace.
DESIGNATED ALTERNATES: Brad Burnett alternate for John Baker and Jim Sims alternate for Danny Vance.
MEMBERS ABSENT: John Baker, Marvin Marcell, Jack Searcy, Jr., and Danny Vance.
PRESIDING: James Adams, Chairman
Mr. Adams stated that Brad Burnett is the alternate for John Baker and Jim Sims is the alternate for Danny Vance.
APPROVE MINUTES OF FEBRUARY 2, 2005
Motion by Mr. Sullivan to approve the minutes of the February 2, 2005, meeting as presented.
Second by Mr. Morrison. Motion carried unanimously.
CONSIDER AND APPROVE WAYNE AHRENS, P.E. OF WEST HARRIS COUNTY REGIONAL AUTHORITY AS A NON-VOTING MEMBER
Motion by Mr. Jenkins to approve Wayne Ahrens, P.E. of West Harris County Regional Authority as a non-voting member of Region H. Seconded by Mr. Neighbors. Motion carried unanimously.
PUBLIC COMMENTS ON AGENDA ITEMS
CONSIDER AND APPROVE CHAPTER 3
David Parkhill reported that a response to the comments from the Sierra Club on Draft Chapter 3 had been responded to in a letter, which had been forwarded to all members. All comments will be included in the final draft of the 2006 plan.
Motion by Mr. Sullivan to adopt Report Chapter 3 as presented. Second by Mr. Alexander. Motion carried unanimously
David Parkhill reviewed the status of the plan report process.
PRESENTATION OF CHAPTER 5 ON THE IMPACT ON WATER QUALITY
Impacts of Water Management strategies on key water quality parameters were chosen based on:
The Water Quality Parameters were identified into two groups; Nutrients and Minerals.
Impacts of Water Management Strategies:
Evaluations of third-party impacts of reduced levels in water supply for area lakes were also considered. Lake level projections showed very little negative impact over a 50-year period according to historical data.
BRAZOS SALT BARRIER UPDATE
Andy Sterbenz reported that the major water right holders are Dow Chemical and the City of Brazosport. The Fresh Water Flow Study shows under WAM Run 3 conditions, salinity at the Brazoria pump station exceeds 500 ppm in average years. Steady state analysis indicates the upper intake is at risk during average flows and is certain to be influenced during low flows.
Recommendations are to extend TXBLEND3D model to a point above the Harris reservoir intake, confirm the potential salinity impact at the Harris intake using varying flows, and based on that analysis, identify an SWB site to protect one or both intakes.
FINAL MANAGEMENT STRATEGY SELECTION
Embedded strategies include:
The recommendations for each county were presented and discussed along with these alternative strategies:
Motion by Mr. Bartos to approve the management strategies except for the Fort Bend and Brazoria county strategies, which need more technical information concerning Irrigation Conversation and the Little River Off-Channel strategies. Second by Mr. Tyler. Motion failed (Ayes - 5, Nays - 13).
Motion by Mr. Neighbors to approve the management strategies contingent on review of the Fort Bend County Irrigation Conservation and the Little River Off-Channel strategies for Brazoria and Fort Bend counties. Second by Mr. Sullivan. Motion Passed (Ayes – 18, Nays – 1).
Motion by Mr. Taylor to approve a Resolution to adopt the alternative strategies except the East Texas Transfer into the 2006 Region H Water Plan. Seconded by Mr. Bruner. Motion Passed. (Ayes – 16, Nays – 1)
See Attached Table of Selected Strategies by County.
Brandt Mannchen with the Sierra Club encouraged members to take time to review the information before a vote on adopting the plan. He stated that if the alternative strategies are included in the plan, then why is there a need to plan in the first place. Information needs to be available to the public for their review before the meeting so that they may make public comments before any vote is taken
Wednesday, April 6, 2005
San Jacinto River Authority
Lake Conroe Dam
1577 Dam Site Road