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					                                                 TABLE OF CONTENTS

                                            Item Contents            Page
Introduction                                                          2
History of the Edwards Aquifer Authority                              2
External Factors That Can Influence the Edwards Aquifer Authority     3
Internal Factors That Can Influence the Edwards Aquifer Authority     4
Edwards Aquifer Authority Strategic Plan Update Process               4
Edwards Aquifer Authority Vision                                      5
Edwards Aquifer Authority Mission Statement                           6
Edwards Aquifer Authority Strategic Goals                            6-10
Edwards Aquifer Authority Long-Term Strategic Initiatives            11-14
Strategic Goal Implementation Plan, Calendar Year 2012                15
Strategic Goal Implementation Plan, Calendar Year 2013                30
Strategic Goal Implementation Plan, Calendar Year 2014                38
Appendix A: Glossary of Acronyms and Abbreviations                    46
INTRODUCTION

        Strategic planning is one of the most effective approaches to ensuring maximum efficiency and effectiveness in reaching
targeted organizational goals, especially in an ever-changing political and socio-economic environment of diverse interests and
backgrounds. Strategic planning involves the development of a collective vision, mission, and corresponding strategic themes and
goals. As a result, organizational activities and initiatives take on a clear focus and accomplishing important goals becomes more
attainable.

         The Edwards Aquifer Authority (Authority), governed by a board of 15 elected and two appointed directors and operated by a
medium-sized professional staff, is tasked with the mission of managing, enhancing, and protecting south-central Texas’ primary
water resource, the Edwards Aquifer. This multi-faceted mission focuses on managing withdrawals from the aquifer, including during
critical periods of drought, enhancing the aquifer’s ability to supply the water needs of an economically diverse region, and protecting
the aquifer as a vital resource and ecosystem, which supports human life and provides habitat to a number of federally protected
species. Therefore, balance between supplying the region’s water needs and protecting the resource underlies the Authority mission.
To this end, this Strategic Plan is designed to serve as a blueprint for meeting the Authority’s legislative mandate and overall mission.
The plan, which covers a three-year period, is updated annually.



HISTORY OF THE EDWARDS AQUIFER AUTHORITY

        The Authority is a regulatory agency charged with managing, conserving, preserving, protecting, and increasing the recharge
of and preventing waste and pollution, of the Edwards Aquifer in an eight-county region, including all of Uvalde, Medina and Bexar
counties, plus portions of Atascosa, Caldwell, Guadalupe, Comal and Hays counties. The Authority was created by the Texas
Legislature in 1993 with the passage of the Edwards Aquifer Authority Act (Act) to preserve and protect this unique groundwater
resource. However, legal challenges prevented the Authority from operating until June 28, 1996. The Act created a 17-member board
of directors that sets policy. The board consists of 15 elected members from the eight-county region, and two non-voting appointed
members to carry out the duties set out in the Act. The Act also established the South Central Texas Water Advisory Committee
(SCTWAC) made up of representatives from downstream counties and within the Authority’s boundaries to interact with the
Authority on how its actions affect downstream water rights and issues.


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       As a result of the Act, the Authority performs a number of major functions. These include:
        Sustaining the aquifer as a natural resource;
        Sustaining the diverse economic and social interests dependent on the aquifer for water supply;
        Protecting terrestrial and aquatic life;
        Protecting domestic and municipal water supplies; and
        Providing effective control of the aquifer to protect the operation of existing industries and the economic development of
          the state.


EXTERNAL FACTORS THAT CAN INFLUENCE THE EDWARDS AQUIFER AUTHORITY
       A number of external factors can potentially impact the Authority and its strategic planning process, including the following:

        Texas Legislature: As a political subdivision of the state of Texas, the Authority is subject to legislative oversight and state
policymakers remain very interested in the agency’s activities and regulatory actions. During legislative sessions, state lawmakers can
pass amendments to the Edwards Aquifer Authority Act that may have a direct impact on the Authority and how it operates. In
2007, for example, the Legislature amended the Authority Act in several significant areas. First, the conflict regarding the annual
amount of groundwater that can be withdrawn was resolved through the raising of the region’s annual pumping cap to 572,000 acre-
feet. Second, in response to the authorization of higher groundwater withdrawals from the Edwards Aquifer, critical period
management stages, triggers and reduction amounts were added as new provisions in the Act. Third, new language was added to the
Act that directs the Authority, other agencies, and stakeholders to participate in a, Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation
Program (EARIP) to develop a long-term solution for the protection of federally listed species. Finally, the Authority was given
another aquifer management tool with the addition of language that allows the Authority to use aquifer management fees for the
design, construction, and operation of recharge facilities.

        Other Governmental Entities: Governmental entities such as the courts and stakeholder groups with interests in water and the
environment can affect the Authority. In particular, judicial rulings on issues concerning the Federal Endangered Species Act and
issues related to water and private property rights can have an impact on how the Authority’s rules and policies are interpreted and
administered. Many of the stakeholder groups with interests in the Edwards Aquifer are named as participants in the aforementioned
RIP, which ultimately will present recommendations to the Authority’s board concerning long-term solutions for the protection and
preservation of the federally protected species associated with the aquifer.
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INTERNAL FACTORS THAT CAN INFLUENCE THE EDWARDS AQUIFER AUTHORITY
        Just as there are external factors that may influence the Authority, there are also internal factors over which the Authority has
greater control. The Authority’s board of directors is diverse and represents a wide range of geographic, economic, and political
interests. In recent years, the board has worked collaboratively with respect to addressing wide-ranging issues facing the region. This
working relationship is essential to the Authority’s success.

        Internal factors, such as resources – human, physical and fiscal – generally fall within the influence of the Authority’s board of
directors. Within these factors, the following have been identified as critical to the ongoing and future success of the organization and
its mission.

        Facilities: Office space continues to be a critical internal factor. The Authority’s staff is currently separated geographically
into three office locations. This creates challenges with respect to internal communication and programmatic efficiencies. The
Authority continues to pursue the development of new and more efficient facilities for office space.

        Staff: Developing and maintaining a professional staff remains an important factor. The success of the Authority’s efforts is
closely tied to work performed by a highly skilled group of employees. Support in the areas of continuing education, professional
development, and competitive salaries and benefits remain crucial to retaining staff and solidifying the organizational focus on
strategic goals.



EDWARDS AQUIFER AUTHORITY STRATEGIC PLAN UPDATE PROCESS
        In 2005, a five-phase process was used to create the Edwards Aquifer Authority Strategic Plan for 2006-2009. It was designed
as a four-year rolling plan composed of four annual implementation plans consisting of performance measures related to the broad
strategic goals. In 2007, the plan was refined and modified into a three-year rolling plan, which is updated annually.

        Each year, consultants and Authority staff review the strategic goals for the current year in light of the previous year’s progress
in achieving those goals. Authority staff re-evaluates and re-adjusts the plan accordingly with the board’s input through the annual
work session and any legislative changes that may have been made during the year. The plan is then presented for board approval, and
becomes effective on January 1 of the ensuing year. An executive summary highlighting the previous year’s implementation plan
accomplishments is prepared and presented to the board of directors at the end of each year.

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EDWARDS AQUIFER AUTHORITY VISION

        A vision is an articulation of the organizational culture, structure, and direction. It represents an organization’s targeted
destination and includes the ability of members to perceive changes in the organization. As a result, the vision is a comprehensive
description of how the organization will look in the future. The Authority’s vision is presented below.




              The Edwards Aquifer Authority is a premier water management agency
              and the authority on the Edwards Aquifer. The Authority achieves its
              statutory objectives through a creative, science-based aquifer
              management program, effective rule-making and enforcement, and an
              efficient administrative structure. The agency fosters region-wide
              understanding and cooperation among stakeholders, decision-makers,
              and citizens for the benefit and sustainability of biological and other
              natural resources and the people who depend upon the aquifer. The
              Authority sets the standard for regional water management agencies.




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EDWARDS AQUIFER AUTHORITY MISSION STATEMENT

       A mission statement represents a brief overview of an organization’s purpose, identification of its clients, and statement of
broad outcomes. It galvanizes the organizational culture and forms the organization’s philosophy and direction. The statement is
presented below:


                     The Edwards Aquifer Authority manages, enhances, and
                             protects the Edward Aquifer system.


EDWARDS AQUIFER AUTHORITY STRATEGIC GOALS

       A strategic goal is a broadly-defined planned organizational accomplishment or outcome. A set of strategic goals becomes an
organization’s outward expression of commitment to its mission. Strategic goals provide the guidance necessary for developing
concrete action steps and tasks aimed at addressing organizational issues over a prescribed period of time.

       The Authority has seven major strategic goals that have been identified as the focus of the agency from 2011 through 2013.
These are arranged into three thematic areas: water quantity; water quality; and support. Each strategic goal is described along with
some general organizational outcomes that may result from goal implementation.


WATER QUANTITY

       The region will continue to experience rapid population growth over the next 50 years. This will require an adequate supply of
water for population support, maintaining the natural environment and associated habitats and an excellent quality of life for all
residents in the region. Three strategic goals are associated with water quantity.



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Goal A. Sustain Federally Protected Aquifer Dependent Species
        The Authority will work cooperatively with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and other agencies and stakeholders to
develop an EARIP. The goal of the EARIP for the Authority is the long-term protection of federally protected species through the
development and approval of a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP). The plan will be developed for the species associated with the
aquifer that are listed as threatened or endangered species under federal law.

Edwards Aquifer Authority Act References: §§ 1.01; 1.11(d)(9); 1.14(a )(6)-(8) and (h); 1.25(b)(3); 1.26; 1.26A and 1.27.



Goal B. Manage Groundwater Withdrawals
        The Authority manages groundwater withdrawal amounts from the aquifer for all conditions and levels. The Authority’s
challenge is to develop and implement appropriate management strategies that complement the natural system and optimize use of the
aquifer. Management strategies include, but are not limited to, mechanisms to provide additional water to the aquifer, implementing a
program to regulate and promote a water market, and reduction measures during less-than-average rainfall conditions. For the plan
period, such strategies include the implementation of a water conservation grant program and an initiative to analyze the effects of
groundwater withdrawal permit transfers. The plan also addresses the Authority’s efforts to improve the efficiency of the permit
transfer process and to make permit data more accessible for permit holders and the general public.

Edwards Aquifer Authority Act References: §§ 1.01; 1.08(a); 1.11(b); 1.14 – 1.22 and 1.26.



Goal C. Develop Recharge Program For Improved Aquifer Management and Springflow Maintenance
        The physical characteristics of the aquifer are quite conducive to recharge. Historical data indicate that the mean annual
recharge for the period 1934 – 2010 is 718,800 acre-feet, and the median annual recharge for that same period is 560,900 acre-feet.
Several studies on the potential for enhanced recharge have concluded there is potential for increasing recharge to the aquifer through
the construction and operation of recharge structures. It has also become apparent that the most prudent approach to ensuring the
long-term success of a recharge program is to first ensure that the Authority’s tools for evaluating recharge (computer groundwater
models) are further refined such that they provide a greater level of certainty in simulating the effect of recharge from specific
locations within the aquifer. Accordingly, pending the completion of groundwater model refinements, the Authority’s recharge

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program will focus on supporting U.S. Army Corps of Engineers surface water modeling, reviewing recharge project opportunities,
and developing data regarding the aquifer’s retention of water from specific recharge events.
Edwards Aquifer Authority Act References: §§ 1.08; 1.11(f)-(f-2); 1.26A(n); 1.44; and 1.45.

WATER QUALITY
         Another major thematic area involves water quality. As the region’s population grows, maintaining water quality will be
critical. A variety of processes will be necessary to address issues of water quality and these are incorporated in one strategic goal.

Goal D. Implement and Expand Initiatives to Protect Water Quality
       The Act charges the agency with protecting Edwards Aquifer water quality. Work will continue throughout the plan period to
enhance existing water quality protection efforts and to develop new initiatives such as the continued exploration of a comprehensive
water quality protection program. Maintaining high water quality will benefit the economy of the region and the aquatic species
associated with the aquifer.

Edwards Aquifer Authority Act References: §§ 1.01; 1.03(17) and (21); 1.08(a) and (c); 1.081; 1.11(d)(8), (10) and (11); 1.14(a)(1) and (2);
1.15(b); 1.27(b)(2); 1.35(c) and (d) and 1.44(b)(2) and (e).


SUPPORT
        The final thematic area relates to organizational administration, which is addressed by three strategic goals. Underlying this
thematic area is the idea that good policy and appropriate regulation requires accurate and timely information. Therefore, the first goal
focuses on collecting data and conducting directed research as the foundation of the Authority’s aquifer management responsibilities.
In order to accomplish the agency’s strategic goals, there must be an infrastructure that complements these efforts. An infrastructure of
professional staff and the supporting facilities is essential in this regard and is addressed in the second goal. Finally, the third goal in
this area focuses on the public’s knowledge of the aquifer and public awareness of the agency, which together foster greater
understanding of the resource and the organization.




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Goal E. Identify, Prioritize, and Implement Authority’s Research and Technology Program

        The Act provides the Authority with the responsibility to collect data and perform research necessary to better understand and
manage the aquifer. The Authority has an extensive data collection program related to the acquisition of water level measurements,
rainfall and recharge amounts, water quality analysis, spring discharge amounts, etc. The Authority performs research to better
understand the controlling factors for the recharge, occurrence, movement, and discharge of water from the aquifer, and to understand
the biological communities that are dependent upon the aquifer. Work will continue throughout the plan period to further improve the
Authority’s capabilities and expertise in areas such as analysis of hydrologic conditions and groundwater modeling.

Edwards Aquifer Authority Act Reference: § 1.27.

Goal F. Nurture and Develop Edwards Aquifer Authority Staff
       To help meet its mission, the Authority is committed to providing a positive work environment for its employees. To help
maintain such an environment, the Authority will nurture and develop employees to ensure a professional, knowledgeable staff. This
can be accomplished through expansion of existing programs or creation of new programs aimed at employee development.

       The most important step toward this goal is the establishment of a consolidated office facility that will enable all staff to work
together in one location. Currently, Authority staff maintains offices in three separate buildings. Reuniting employees in one location
will maximize staff operational efficiency and improve communication throughout the organization. Therefore, a project to renovate
and expand the Authority’s existing facilities is included in this plan.

Edwards Aquifer Authority Act References: § 1.11(d)(5).




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Goal G. Raise Public Awareness of the Authority
       The purpose of the Authority’s public awareness effort is to establish a purposeful identity for the agency and its mission,
communicate critical issues clearly and concisely, and increase pro-active aquifer and Authority awareness and education efforts
throughout the region. These initiatives are achieved by forming relationships with various groups throughout the regional
community, including SCTWAC, the Edwards Aquifer Legislative Oversight Committee, elected officials, other water agencies,
community groups and the news media.

        The Authority’s public awareness efforts also include an education outreach component, which underscores the mission of the
Authority and helps to maintain a presence in the community. Together, these efforts help position the Authority as the authoritative
resource for aquifer information while expanding the agency’s profile beyond its regulatory role. To this end, Authority staff also
participates in workshops, meetings, briefings, and community events throughout the region. Over the plan period, Authority staff will
focus, in particular, on identifying new relationships and opportunities for reinforcing the Authority’s image or brand recognition
through programs that support the agency’s mission and programs.

Edwards Aquifer Authority Act References: §§ 1.08(a); Tex. Water Code §§ 36.108(p); and 36.110.




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EDWARDS AQUIFER AUTHORITY LONG-TERM STRATEGIC INITIATIVES
        A strategic initiative is an issue or area of concern that an organization intends to address over a protracted time period.
Eventually, most strategic initiatives are transformed into strategic or operational goals and become another critical component of an
organization’s outward expression of commitment to its mission. Strategic initiatives provide the long-range guidance necessary for
creating more concrete actions aimed at addressing organizational issues.

       The Authority has identified nine strategic initiatives that will assist in focusing the agency’s planning for the period 2011
through 2025. Each initiative is described below. How the agency integrates these initiatives into its strategic planning process will be
discussed at future strategic planning sessions.


Explore Hydrologic Relationships of Other Aquifers to the Edwards Aquifer
        Evaluating the hydrologic interaction between other aquifers and the Edwards Aquifer remains a key component in the
effective long-term management, enhancement and protection of the aquifer. Improved understanding in this regard could hold
implications for policymakers at the local, regional and state level and therefore should be considered within the Authority’s long-term
research program initiatives. Therefore, to continue to refine aquifer water budget estimates and improve computer simulation
accuracy, longer term research topics regarding the hydrologic relationships of other aquifers to the Edwards Aquifer, at a minimum,
should include:

       •       Developing estimates for the amount of groundwater flow between the Trinity Aquifer and Edwards Aquifer (This
               iniative has been incorporated into Goal E of the Strategic Plan);
       •       Refining estimates for Edwards Aquifer discharge to subsurface alluvial sediments; and
       •       Developing estimates of contributions to the Edwards Aquifer from the Austin, Buda, and Leona aquifers.


Enhance Long-Range Financial Planning Initiatives
        Fiscal responsibility demands that the Authority explore and understand the various options for sustaining adequate funding of
its mission over the long-term future, especially in light of uncertainty concerning various factors that may affect the agency’s
financial bottom line. The process requires continued transparency and accountability, in particular to the legislature and regulated
community, as the Authority strives to further its mission. Therefore, the Authority will consider a financial planning model that takes
into account potential future conditions, including various aquifer management fee rate scenarios and the sustainability of funded
programs that could have an economic impact on the organization and its stakeholders. This also includes exploring and identifying

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potential alternative options for funding the implementation of a Habitat Conservation Plan and other projects and programs of the
Authority. Accordingly, an initiative to explore the creation of a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization to support the mission of the
Authority has been incorporated into Goal G of this Strategic Plan.

In addition to long-range financial planning related to Authority operations, staff will develop a long-range capital forecast. This
forecast will quantify and schedule major capital outlays for replacement of Authority equipment (computers, vehicles, irrigation flow
meters, etc.) and will identify new potential capital outlay needs.

Enhance Relationships with Permit Holders and Stakeholders
        Maintaining positive and productive relationships with permit holders and various stakeholder groups has been critical to the
Authority’s past success and will continue to be essential in furthering the agency’s mission in the future. Therefore, the Authority
should continue to explore ways of serving the needs of these important groups through improved and, where possible, simplified
processes and policies that engage these stakeholders as partners. Although a number of initiatives in this regard are already addressed
within this plan, efforts to further expand these efforts should remain a focus of long-term planning. Enhanced relationships with
permit holders and stakeholders will benefit the exchange of information among all parties. Working together to identify mutually
beneficial projects will benefit water resource managers, irrigators, industrial water users, and water purveyors. Projects that could
benefit the large scale users and water resource managers include:

       •       Sharing hydrologic data;
       •       Conservation equipment efficiency evaluations;
       •       Sharing water use trends (monthly groundwater pumping information); and
       •       Providing technical assistance (in the form of equipment and/or personnel).


Develop Board of Director Vision and Goals for Water Management
        Against the backdrop of a changing landscape in groundwater management, it would benefit the Authority to continue to
define its role within the overall resource management process. Creating such an overall vision for water management begins with
education. Therefore, periodic briefings and updates regarding issues related to water planning, supply, resource management, among
other things, should be considered for both the board of directors and staff members.




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Examine the Impact of Climate Changes on the Edwards Aquifer
       Understanding how certain phenomena related to climate/weather may affect the aquifer and anticipating the consequences can
be useful in the effective long-term management, enhancement and protection of the aquifer. Improved understanding in this regard
could hold implications for policymakers at the local, regional and state level and therefore should be considered within the
Authority’s long-term research and policy development initiatives. Although climate experts generally predict continued warming of
average global temperatures, experts do not agree if the Edwards Aquifer region will experience dryer or wetter rainfall patterns.
Most do agree, however, that extreme weather events will be more common. Consequently, the agency could consider developing
Edwards Aquifer region-specific climate models to inform the Authority about the water resource management implications of
changes in runoff, stream flow, and aquifer recharge patterns; and/or initiatives to improve long-term forecasting to benefit critical
period management administration and springflow protection.


Assess Demographic and Population Growth Issues and Their Impact on the Edwards Aquifer
        Understanding how a growing population with changing demographics may affect the aquifer in the future will be key to
sustaining policies and programs that continue to further the agency’s mission. Therefore, anticipated population and demographic
changes should be considered in planning activities regarding the long-term future, particularly as it relates to aquifer issues such as
water quantity and quality.


Evaluate Critical Period Triggers for the Uvalde Pool

         Current critical period triggers for the Uvalde Pool are designated in Article 1, Section 1.26 of the Act. Raising the current
critical period triggers for the Uvalde Pool has been proposed by certain entities. Revising critical period triggers could help in
stabilizing groundwater and springflow levels. However, an evaluation of the hydrologic impacts of such potential revisions should be
evaluated prior to the board considering any recommended actions. Therefore, Authority staff will prepare a report for the board
regarding any benefits of adjusting the Uvalde Pool critical period triggers, but only afterrefinement of the Authority’s groundwater
modeling tools to better reflect local conditions in Uvalde County.


Evaluate the effects of groundwater withdrawal permit transfers


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        Transferring significant amounts of groundwater rights from one point of withdrawal in the aquifer to another may have
negative effects. For example, studies confirm the negative effect on springflow of transferring groundwater rights to withdrawal
points in the vicinity of the springs; therefore, current Authority rules limit such transfers. However, transfers to and from other areas
of the aquifer could also have varying negative effects. Therefore, Authority staff will perform modeling to evaluate the possible
effects of large amounts of transfers from west to east, and vice versa, within the aquifer system, but only after refinements are made
to the Authority’s groundwater model to better reflect local conditions.


Perform a Reconnaissance Level Analysis for Additional Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) Project(s)
        Aquifer storage and recovery is a key component of the currently proposed draft Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) in the form
of the San Antonio Water System (SAWS) ASR trade off project. Based on the demonstrated effectiveness of the SAWS ASR
project, the economic and operational feasibility of similar non-Edwards ASR projects, that could be accessible to water purveyors in
other areas of the aquifer system, should be evaluated and considered.




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    EDWARDS AQUIFER AUTHORITY
STRATEGIC GOAL IMPLEMENTATION PLAN
        CALENDAR YEAR 2012




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                                                           Calendar Year 2012

Goal A. Sustain Federally Protected Aquifer Dependent Species
            Action Step                   Tasks Needed to Accomplish Step                  Responsible Team(s)    Status
1. Participate in finalizing the  Finalize discussions with Edwards Aquifer             Executive, (HCP
the Habitat Conservation Plan        Recovery Implementation Program (EARIP)             Implementing) and
(HCP) and other related program      Steering Committee and stakeholder group to         Communications &
documents.                           develop consensus Program Document.                 External Affairs teams
                                  Finalize the HCP.
                                  Report monthly to the Authority’s Board of
                                     Directors on progress and significant issues as
                                     they arise and receive general directions on the
                                     HCP.
                                  Finalize discussions on funding options &
                                     develop an action plan for implementation.
                                  Schedule workshops with permit holders to
                                     discuss the progress of the HCP.
                                 
                                  Recruit appropriate staff for HCP
                                     implementation/administration.
                                  Develop all HCP elements.
2. Continue ecosystem and bio-    Continue to fund and conduct regular and special      Executive, (HCP
monitoring at Comal and San          event bio-monitoring.                               Implementing) and
Marcos springs.                   Present annual report to Board of Directors, HCP      Communications &
                                     Implementing Committee and stakeholder group,       External Affairs teams
                                     and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
                                  Include long-term bio-monitoring options in the
                                     HCP and develop recommendation to the
                                     Authority’s Board of Directors.
                                  Develop a publication plan for unique activities
                                     related to endangered species protection at Comal
                                     and San Marcos springs.




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Goal A. Sustain Federally Protected Aquifer Dependent Species (continued)
          Action Step                     Tasks Needed to Accomplish Step                     Responsible Team(s)           Status
3. Monitor and support Edwards    Provide reports to the Authority’s Board of              Executive, (HCP
Aquifer area science                 Directors as appropriate.                              Implementing) and
subcommittee, if applicable.      Provide relevant research and data collection to         Communications &
                                     science subcommittee as may be requested.              External Affairs/Aquifer
                                  Provide updates made to Authority’s Aquifer              Management teams
                                     Science Research Plan to ensure effective use of
                                     resources and minimize duplication of research
                                     tasks.

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Edwards Aquifer Authority Act References: §§ 1.01; 1.11(d)(9); 1.14(a) (6)-(8) and (h); 1.25(b)(3); 1.26; 1.26A and 1.27.




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                                                              Calendar Year 2012

 Goal B. Manage Groundwater Withdrawals
            Action Step                     Tasks Needed to Accomplish Step                  Responsible Team(s)      Status
1. Continue to improve the ease,     Continue program to replace aging meters on          Administration &
efficiency, and accuracy of meter      all irrigation wells based on board-approved        Operations Team
readings for all permit holders.       strategy.
                                     Evaluate the effectiveness of remote metering
                                       of voluntary irrigation meters installed.
                                     Continue expanding remote metering program
                                       to additional voluntary irrigation meters.
                                     Evaluate the various types of remote meter
                                       systems available for municipal and industrial
                                       wells.
                                     Evaluate possibility of rulemaking to
                                       implement mandatory remote metering for
                                       municipal and industrial permit holders.
                                    
2. Continue well registration        Continue ongoing well registration and               Communications &
program.                               inspection efforts in Comal County.                 External Affairs/Aquifer
                                    (Well canvassing efforts in Bexar, Medina and          Management teams
                                    Uvalde counties will be performed in future years.)
3. Continue to enhance the         •    Formalize inter-agency responsibilities with       Administration &
Authority’s conservation rules and      San Antonio Water System regarding                 Operations Team
programs.                               conservation activities associated with HCP.
                                   •    Identify municipal permit holders to participate
                                        in region-wide conservation program, with
                                        goal of collectively conserving 10,000 acre-
                                        feet of EAA permitted rights.
                                   •    Promote municipal and industrial conservation
                                        programs and request applications for grant
                                        funding.
                                     Distribute the Authority’s Groundwater
                                       Conservation Plan (GCP) to the legislature
                                       before January 1, 2013.
                                    Mail GCP status report forms to municipal permit
                                    holders.

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 Goal B. Manage Groundwater Withdrawals (continued)
            Action Step                 Tasks Needed to Accomplish Step                        Responsible Team(s)      Status
4. Expand meter inspection         Inspect at least 30 water purveyors to ensure            Administration &
program.                            compliance with the Authority’s meter rules.             Operations Team
5. Considerrule changes regarding  Finalize changes to the Authority’s exempt               Executive/Administration
regulation of exempt wells.         well rules and begin implementation, if after            & Operations/Aquifer
                                    consideration of options, directed to do so by           Management teams
                                    the Board of Directors.

6. Begin and complete the revision        Propose rule changes to address any changes       Executive/Administration
process for the Authority’s Critical       required by the HCP and associated adaptive       & Operations/Aquifer
Period Management Rules.                   management and to also allow any required         Management teams
                                           responses due to future improvements in the
                                           Authority’s groundwater modeling.
                                          Complete the rule-making process.
                                          Begin implementation of any rule changes that
                                           result from the rule-making process.


7. Evaluate need to modify the         •   Assess annual withdrawal period based on          Administration &
Authority’s reporting period for           effect on irrigation schedules.                   Operations/Aquifer
annual irrigation withdrawals.         •   Identify alternatives to annual withdrawal        Management teams
                                           period for irrigation groundwater withdrawal
                                           permit holders.
                                       •   Initiate rulemaking process, if necessary.

8. Improve the current EAA             •   Consult with staff to determine current and       Administration &
enterprise database software.              future Authority database requirements.           Operations Team
                                       •   Develop representative employee work group
                                           to provide input on database software.
                                       •   Begin Phase I of database software
                                           implementation and migrate program data as
                                           completed.

90. Evaluate and implement, if            Establish a representative stakeholder group to   Administration &

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necessary, possible adjustments to     discuss various options regarding the rebate      Operations Team
the Aquifer Management Fee             program.
Rebate Program.                     Discuss possible restructuring of aquifer
                                       management fee contracts to address concerns
                                       with rebate program.
Edwards Aquifer Authority Act References: §§ 1.01; 1.08(a); 1.11(b); 1.14 – 1.22 and 1.26.




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Goal C. Develop Recharge Program For Improved Aquifer Management and Springflow Maintenance
         Action Step           Tasks Needed To Accomplish the Action Step      Responsible Team(s)                Status

1. Continue participation in the       Present periodic reports to the Aquifer              Aquifer Management
U.S Army Corps of Engineers             Management Planning Committee and Board of           Team
(COE) Nueces Basin Feasibility          Directors as appropriate.
Study.                                 Work Cooperatively with COE on refinements
                                        to HSPF and MODFLOW models to benefit
                                        COE feasibility studies and Authority projects.
                                       Consider COE recharge feasibility study results
                                        for incorporation into a future Authority
                                        recharge program.
                                       Support other COE aquifer studies as approved
                                        by the Board of Directors.
                                    
2. Continue to evaluate recharge     Present basic information on recharge project          Aquifer Management
project opportunities.                opportunities to the board to receive direction on     Team
                                      further analysis.
                                    If directed to do so by the Bboard of Directors,
                                      develop a scope of work and budget for the
                                      project evaluation process.
                                    If directed to do so by the Board of Directors,
                                      perform the analysis and report the results to the
                                      board.
3. Initiate data collection for     Deploy continuous water level recorders in wells        Aquifer Management
recharge retention analysis.          in the area of existing recharge structures.           Team
                                    Upon collection of an appropriate amount of
                                      data, compile event-related hydrologic data and
                                      evaluate the retention of specific recharge
                                      events.
Edwards Aquifer Authority Act References: §§ 1.08; 1.11(f)(f-2); 1.26A(n); 1.44; and 1.45.




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Goal D. Implement and Expand Initiatives to Protect Water Quality
           Action Step                  Tasks Needed to Accomplish Step                 Responsible Team(s)      Status
1. Continue abandoned well        Assess results from pilot program and work          Aquifer Management/
closure program, initiated in      with the Permits/ Enforcement Committee to          Administration &
2011, to cap or plug abandoned     finalize assistance qualification and benefit       Operations teams
wells to assist owners of          tiers. Finalize the Eligibility Determination and
abandoned wells achieve            Ranking Guide.
compliance with Authority rules.  Rank newly identified abandoned well
                                   violations and address high priority cases with
                                   Authority resources as needed.
                                  Execute agreements with qualified well owners
                                   whereby all or portions of costs to cap or plug
                                   wells are reimbursed to the Authority.
                                  Include additional funding for the abandoned
                                   well closure program in the 2013 budget as
                                   needed.
                                  Continue to seek additional funding to
                                   supplement the abandoned well program.
2. Continue implementation of a   Follow the Authority’s rule-making process to       Executive/Communication
phased plan for comprehensive      develop a regulatory program during 2012 and        & External
water quality protection,          begin initial phases for implementation of the      Affairs/Aquifer
including development of non-      program.                                            Management teams
degradation rules.                Continue phased implementation of non-
                                   regulatory components, based on direction from
                                   the Board of Directors.
                                  Coordinate program implementation with other
                                   agencies including the Texas Commission on
                                   Environmental Quality (TCEQ).Support the
                                   efforts of regional partners, including the City
                                   of San Antonio, San Antonio River Authority,
                                   Bexar County, San Antonio Water System
                                   (SAWS), the City of San Marcos, and the City
                                   of New Braunfels as they establish stormwater
                                   quality protection and controls through state
                                   permits and other programs.

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           Action Step                      Tasks Needed to Accomplish Step                  Responsible Team(s)                  Status
3. Continue to support aquifer         Continue support of the City of San Antonio’s      Aquifer Management
protection through land                 (COSA) Edwards Aquifer Protection Program.         Team
preservation.                          Due to expansion of the COSA program,
                                        evaluate long-term impacts on Authority
                                        resources in order to continue monitoring
                                        activities.
                                       
Edwards Aquifer Authority Act References: §§ 1.01; 1.03(17) and (21); 1.08(a) and (c); 1.081; 1.11(d)(8), (10) and (11); 1.14(a) (1) and (2);
1.15(b); 1.27(b)(2); 1.35 (c) and (d); and 1.44(b)(2) and (e).




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Goal E. Identify, Prioritize, and Implement Authority’s Research and Technology Program
        Action Step                      Tasks Needed to Accomplish Step             Responsible Team(s)         Status
                                
1. Continue implementation of      Continue development of a Finite Element (FE)           Aquifer Management
components of the Aquifer           groundwater model as initiated in 2011.                 Team
Science Research Plan              Substantially complete the MODFLOW model
(ASRP).                             verification project initiated in 2011.
                                   Prepare a work plan for the phased implementation
                                    of post audit model refinement projects identified
                                    during the MODFLOW model verification process.
                                   Develop a schedule for release of updated versions
                                    of the MODFLOW model.
                                   Ensure FE groundwater model construction and
                                    MODFLOW model updates consider future model
                                    adaptations to evaluate recharge projects.Continue
                                    evaluations of various source codes regarding
                                    improvements to MODFLOW.
                                   Continue Trinity Aquifer/Edwards Aquifer
                                    interformational flow, interstream recharge, and
                                    Cibolo Creek recharge studies.
                                   Initiate source studies for bacteria and for
                                    pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCP).
                                   Continue studies of deep aquifer biota.

2. Continue reviews and            Using information from the borehole hydrophysics        Aquifer Management
improvement process for             project, hydrologic data reports, and trends analysis   Team
hydrologic data collection          reports, update, review and revise the sample plan
program.                            for sentinel water quality monitoring
                                    stations.Evaluate effectiveness of evapotranspiration
                                    (ET) data collection program and evaluate methods
                                    to incorporate ET data into HSPF model. Consider
                                    including remote sensing data as a source of ET
                                    data.



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Goal E. Identify, Prioritize, and Implement Authority’s Research and Technology Program (continued)
         Action Step                       Tasks Needed to Accomplish Step            Responsible Team(s)   Status
3. Continue baseline surface      Continue surface water quality sampling; duration Aquifer Management
water quality studies on San        of study is dependent on climatic conditions.    Team
Geronimo Creek Basin.            
                                  Include PPCP parameters in analytical program.
                                 
Edwards Aquifer Authority Act Reference: § 1.27.




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Goal F. Nurture and Develop Edwards Aquifer Authority Staff
            Action Step                   Tasks Needed to Accomplish Step                    Responsible Team(s)       Status
1. Complete office consolidation.  Complete construction and renovation of the            Administration &
                                      Authority’s main office facility.                    Operations/Communications
                                   Finalize and initiate plans for the transition and     & External Affairs teams
                                      integration of staff, furniture, and equipment to
                                      the Authority’s new main office facility to
                                      include programming for exhibit, gallery and
                                      open spaces to showcase themes and
                                      information for public.
                                   Hold “open house” reception(s) for invited
                                      guests and public to view the renovated
                                      building.
2. Ensure Authority maintains a    Review staffing levels as vacancies occur to           Administration &
competitive position relative to      ensure Authority teams operations are                Operations Team
the market to recruit and retain      efficiently staffed to meet operational goals.
key talent and ensure operational  Continue to provide and enhance employee
efficiency/effectiveness of team      development programs to inform
operations.                           managers/supervisors in management
                                      processes, conflict resolution skills, and
                                      enhance leadership qualities within staff.
                                   Seek direction from Board of Directors on the
                                      Authority’s salary and benefit strategic position
                                      relative to the market that will provide strategic
                                      leverage to recruit and retain quality
                                      employees.
                                   Continue with efforts and programs to ensure
                                      compliance with relevant aspects of Patient
                                      Protection and Affordable Care Act (Health
                                      Care Reform).
                                   .
Edwards Aquifer Authority Act References: §§ 1.11(d)(5).




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Goal G. Raise Public Awareness of the Authority
             Action Step                     Tasks Needed to Accomplish Step                Responsible Team(s)     Status
1. Articulate the mission of the      Identify/develop new mobile display and hands-on    Communications &
Authority and further enhance its      demonstration models for public education           External Affairs
image.                                 purposes across the region.                         Team/Administration &
                                      Evaluate and make recommendations concerning        Operations teams
                                       agency “culture” as it applies to reinforcing the
                                       Authority “brand” to build an image from inside
                                       out.
                                      Develop/implement “branding” program/plan to
                                       Improve Authority brand recognition and
                                       awareness.
                                      Continue to enhance Authority presence on the
                                       web, including the following:
                                            o Implementing rain gauge network data;
                                               and improved “self-help” tools. Refine
                                               online registration for Authority
                                               programs/events, including school
                                               education programming.
                                            o Incorporate of social networks/as part of
                                               standard communication efforts.
2. Maintain and enhance proactive  Initiate outreach effort to inform key legislators     Executive/
communications with key                and gain support of the Authority’s priorities in   Communications &
stakeholder groups including           anticipation of the 2013 legislative session.       External Affairs teams
federal, state and local elected and  Engage local officials such as mayors, county
other officials and stakeholders in    judges, etc. in discussions y to hear concerns,
the region on Edwards Aquifer and      review relative issues, and gain support prior to
Authority issues.                      the 2013 legislative session
                                      Continue regular briefing meetings with staff
                                       members of key state legislators to report on the
                                       progress of the HCP and other related issues.
3. Enhance the Authority’s            Continue to enhance school education programs as    Communications &
Education Program to reach more        warranted to reach diversity of audiences.          External Affairs Team
audiences.                            Develop new partnership venues through which to
                                       integrate/deliver education message (e.g.

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          Action Step                        Tasks Needed to Accomplish Step               Responsible Team(s)    Status
                                       museums, libraries, nature parks, etc.).
4. Support the effective and        Enhance website as an information resource by        Communications &
transparent operation of the board     evaluating the implementation of streaming video External Affairs
of directors and its policies.         and/or audio of board and committee meetings,      Team/Administration &
                                       and public hearings;                               Operations/
                                    Complete the decennial census redistricting          Executive teams
                                       process and communicate all aspects accordingly
                                       to ensure stakeholders are sufficiently informed.
                                    Communicate and conduct an efficient election in
                                       collaboration with counties under revised director
                                       district 10 alignments.
5. Enhance financial support and    Evaluate process required for creating a 501(c)(3) Communications &
awareness for the Authority            organization.                                      External Affairs
through development of 501(c)(3)    Present concept to board for consideration.          Team/Executive
entity.                             Initiate process for 501(c)(3) designation with      Team/Administration &
                                       IRS, based on board direction.                     Operations teams
Edwards Aquifer Authority Act References: §§ 1.08(a); Tex. Water Code §§ 36.108(p); and 36.110.




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                                                              Calendar Year 2013

Goal A. Sustain Federally Protected Aquifer Dependent Species
          Action Step                     Tasks Needed to Accomplish Step                      Responsible Team(s)          Status
1. Implement the HCP.             Develop quarterly e-letter to provide updates on          Executive, (HCP
                                     the HCP.                                                Implementing) and
                                  Plan for a symposium in 2014 on a relevant HCP            Communications &
                                     issue.                                                  External Affairs teams
                                  Prepare annual HCP status report and submit to
                                     appropriate parties.
                                  Conduct periodic meetings of the Implementing
                                     Committee.
                                  Implement the HCP.

2. Continue ecosystem and bio-         Continue bio-monitoring and reporting.               Executive, (HCP
monitoring at Comal and San            Present annual report to Board of Directors, HCP     Implementing) and /
Marcos springs.                         Implementing Committee and stakeholder group,        Communications &
                                        and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.                External Affairs teams
                                       Publish material related to endangered species
                                        protection.

3. Monitor and support science         Continue to participate in and support the science   Executive, (HCP
subcommittee, if applicable.            subcommittee.                                        Implementing) and /
                                                                                             Communications &
                                                                                             External Affairs/Aquifer
                                                                                             Management teams
                                  
Edwards Aquifer Authority Act References: §§ 1.01; 1.11(d)(9); 1.14(a) (6)-(8) and (h); 1.25(b)(3); 1.26; 1.26A and 1.27.




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                                                              Calendar Year 2013

 Goal B. Manage Groundwater Withdrawals
            Action Step                  Tasks Needed to Accomplish Step                   Responsible Team(s)      Status
1. Continue to improve the ease,   Complete replacement of aging meters on all          Administration &
efficiency, and accuracy of meter   irrigation wells based on board-approved             Operations Team
readings for all permit holders.    strategy.
                                   Continue expanding remote metering program
                                    based on board direction.


2. Continue well registration           Continue ongoing well registration and          Aquifer Management Team
program throughout the region.           inspection efforts in Comal County.
3. Continue to enhance the              Evaluate the effectiveness of the Authority’s   Executive/Administration
Authority’s conservation rules and       conservation grant program and make             & Operations teams
programs.                                recommendations accordingly.
                                        Evaluate the Authority’s groundwater
                                         conservation plan for necessary updates and
                                         make recommendations.
                                        Initiate rulemaking process, if applicable.

4. Expand meter inspection              Complete inspections of remaining water         Administration &
program.                                 purveyors not checked in 2010, 2011, or 2012    Operations Team
                                         to ensure compliance with the Authority’s
                                         meter rules.

5. Improve the current EAA              Complete development and migration of           Administration &
enterprise database software.            program data to the new enterprise database.       Operations Team
                                        Upon completion, meet with individual
                                         programs to determine enhancements that may
                                         be incorporated into Phase II.

Edwards Aquifer Authority Act References: §§ 1.01; 1.08(a); 1.11(b); 1.14 – 1.22 and 1.26.




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                                                             Calendar Year 2013

Goal C. Develop Recharge Program For Improved Aquifer Management and Springflow Maintenance
          Action Step            Tasks Needed To Accomplish the Action Step          Responsible Team(s)          Status
                                 
1. Continue participation in the  Present periodic report to Aquifer Management   /Aquifer Management
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers        Planning Committee and the Board of Directors teams
(COE) Nueces Basin Feasibility      as appropriate.
Study.                            Consider COE recharge feasibility study results
                                    for incorporation into a future Authority
                                    recharge program.
                                  Support other COE aquifer studies as approved
                                    by the board.
                                 

2. Continue to evaluate recharge     Present basic information on recharge project          Aquifer Management
project opportunities.                opportunities to the Board of Directors to             Team
                                      receive direction on further analysis.
                                    If directed to do so by the Board of Directors,
                                      develop a scope of work and budget for the
                                      project evaluation process.
                                    If directed to do so by the board, perform the
                                      analysis and report the results to the Board of
                                      Directors.
3. Continue data collection for     Operate continuous water level recorders in             Aquifer Management
recharge retention analysis.          wells in the area of existing recharge structures.     Team
                                    Compile event-related hydrologic data and
                                      evaluate the retention of specific recharge
                                      events. The period of data collection will be
                                      dependent on climatic conditions.
Edwards Aquifer Authority Act References: §§ 1.08; 1.11(f)(f-2); 1.26A(n); 1.44; and 1.45.




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Goal D. Implement and Expand Initiatives to Protect Water Quality
            Action Step                         Tasks Needed to Accomplish Step             Responsible Team(s)                  Status
                                       
1. Continue implementation of a         Continue implementation of comprehensive          Aquifer Management
phased plan for comprehensive              water quality program.                          Team
water quality protection.               Continue to coordinate program components
                                           with other agencies including TCEQ.
                                       
2. Continue to support aquifer          Continue support of the City of San Antonio’s     Aquifer Management
protection through land                    Edwards Aquifer Protection Program.             Team
preservation.
Edwards Aquifer Authority Act References: §§ 1.01; 1.03(17) and (21); 1.08(a) and (c); 1.081; 1.11(d)(8), (10) and (11); 1.14(a) (1) and (2);
1.15(b); 1.27(b)(2); 1.35 (c) and (d); and 1.44(b)(2) and (e).




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                                                           Calendar Year 2013

Goal E. Identify, Prioritize, and Implement Authority’s Research and Technology Program
          Action Step                      Tasks Needed to Accomplish Step                  Responsible Team(s)   Status
1. Continue to implement          Continue to construct the FE groundwater model as Aquifer Management
components of the Aquifer           initiated in 2011.                                     Team
Science Research Plan             Continue MODFLOW model post-audit refinement
(ASRP).                             projects as identified in 2011.
                                  Substantially complete evaluations of various source
                                    codes for improvements to the MODFLOW model,
                                    report results to the board, and initiate construction
                                    of improved MODFLOW variants as appropriate.
                                  Release an updated version of the MODFLOW
                                    groundwater model ifappropriate.
                                  Continue Trinity Aquifer/Edwards Aquifer
                                    interformational flow, interstream recharge, and
                                    Cibolo Creek recharge studies.
2. Continue reviews and           Update water quality trends analysis report with        Aquifer Management
improvement process for             2007–2012 data.                                        Team
aquifer science data collection  Implement sample plan, as revised in 2012, for
program.                            sentinel water quality monitoring stations.
                                  Continue evapotranspiration data collection
                                    program, as revised in 2012.
                                 
                                 
3. Substantially complete         Finalize water quality sampling; duration of study is Aquifer Management
baseline surface water quality      dependent on climatic conditions.                      Team
studies in the San Geronimo       Include PPCP parameters in analytical program.
Creek Basin.                      Provide project report to Board of Directors in 2013.
Edwards Aquifer Authority Act Reference: § 1.27.




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Goal F. Nurture and Develop Edwards Aquifer Authority Staff
           Action Step                     Tasks Needed to Accomplish Step                Responsible Team(s)   Status
1. Improve professional             Continue employee training and development          Administration &
development of Authority staff.       efforts to enhance staff professional growth and   Operations Team
                                      development opportunities.
                                    Expand Authority internship program based on
                                      need and modify accordingly.
2. Enhance retention of Authority  Study the feasibility of introducing a retiree       Administration &
staff.                                health care program for employees that meet        Operations Team
                                      retirement eligibility.
                                    Continue with programs and efforts to ensure
                                      compliance with 2013 benchmarks of Patient
                                      Protection and Affordable Care Act (Health Care
                                      Reform) and initiate programs to ensure
                                      compliance with final 2014 benchmarks and full
                                      implementation of Health Care Reform
                                      legislation.
Edwards Aquifer Authority Act References: §§ 1.11(d)(5).




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Goal G. Raise Public Awareness of the Authority
             Action Step                      Tasks Needed to Accomplish Step                  Responsible Team(s)     Status
1. Articulate the mission of the      Continue to identify/develop new mobile display        Communications &
Authority and further enhance its      and hands-on demonstration models for public           External Affairs
image.                                 education purposes across the region.                  Team/Administration &
                                       Explore/develop existing and new media                 Operations team
                                       partnerships.
                                      Continue to implement “branding” program/plan
                                       to Improve Authority brand recognition and
                                       awareness, including assessing the continued
                                       utility/effectiveness of the Authority logo.
                                      Continue to enhance Authority presence on the
                                       web, including an evaluation of the feasibility of
                                       hiring a fulltime webmaster.
                                      Continue to incorporate latest social network
                                       technologies as part of standard communication
                                       efforts.
2. Maintain and enhance proactive  Continue outreach effort to ensure Authority              Executive/
communications with key                legislative priorities are clearly communicated        Communications &
stakeholder groups including           throughout the 2013 legislative session.               External Affairs teams
federal, state and local elected and  Re-engage local officials such as mayors, county
other officials and stakeholders in    judges, etc. in discussions to explain and reinforce
the region on Edwards Aquifer and      support of Authority legislative priorities.
Authority issues.                     Continue regular briefing meetings with staff
                                       members of key state legislators to report on the
                                       progress of the HCP and related issues.
3. Enhance financial support and      Implement framework for an operational                 Communications &
awareness for the Authority            501(c)(3) organization, including appointment of       External Affairs
through development of a               board of directors, bylaws, etc.                       Team/Executive
501(c)(3) entity.                     Appropriate resources and initiate operation of a      Team/Administration &
                                       501(c)(3) organization.                                Operations teams

Edwards Aquifer Authority Act References: §§ 1.08(a); Tex. Water Code §§ 36.108(p); and 36.110.



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                                                              Calendar Year 2014

Goal A. Sustain Federally Protected Aquifer Dependent Species
          Action Step                     Tasks Needed to Accomplish Step                     Responsible Team(s)           Status
1. Continue to implement the      Distribute quarterly e-letter to provide updates on      Executive, (HCP
HCP.                                 the HCP.                                               Implementing and
                                  Prepare annual HCP status report and submit to           Communications &
                                     appropriate parties.                                   External Affairs teams
                                  Conduct periodic meetings of the HCP
                                     Implementing Committee.
                                  Conduct symposium on HCP activities.

2. Continue ecosystem and bio-         Include Environmental Restoration Project Areas     Executive, (HCP
monitoring at Comal and San             (ERPAs) and bio-monitoring on HCP symposium         Implementing and
Marcos springs.                         field trip.                                         Communications &
                                                                                            External Affairs teams




Edwards Aquifer Authority Act References: §§ 1.01; 1.11(d)(9); 1.14(a) (6)-(8) and (h); 1.25(b)(3); 1.26; 1.26A and 1.27.




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                                                              Calendar Year 2014

Goal B. Manage Groundwater Withdrawals
         Action Step               Tasks Needed to Accomplish Step                            Responsible Team(s)       Status

1. Evaluate permit transfers.          Conduct model simulations of permit transfers      Administration &
                                        and determine their potential effect on aquifer    Operations/ Aquifer
                                        levels and springflows.                            Management teams
                                       Develop future strategies, including possible
                                        rulemaking, based on evaluation of transfer
                                        scenarios.


2. Continue well registration          Substantially complete well canvassing efforts     Communication & External
program.                                in Comal County and initiate canvassing            Affairs/Aquifer
                                        efforts in Bexar County.                           Management teams


3. Expand meter inspection             Inspect all industrial permit holder well meters   Administration &
program.                                to ensure compliance with EAA meter rules.         Operations Team

4. Improve the current EAA             Evaluate need to proceed with possible Phase
enterprise database software.           II of the new EAA enterprise database.

5. Begin Updating the Authority’s      Begin process for updating all required            Executive/Communication
Groundwater Management Plan             information for the EAA’s GMP for 2015-            & External Affairs/Aquifer
(GMP).                                  2020 in accordance with the requirements of        Management/Administration
                                        Chapter 36 of the Texas Water Code.                and Operations teams

Edwards Aquifer Authority Act References: §§ 1.01; 1.08(a); 1.11(b); 1.14 – 1.22 and 1.26.




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                                                             Calendar Year 2014

Goal C. Develop Recharge Program For Improved Aquifer Management and Springflow Maintenance
         Action Step           Tasks Needed To Accomplish the Action Step      Responsible Team(s)                Status




1. Continue participation in the       Present periodic reports to the Aquifer              Aquifer Management
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers            Management Planning Committee and board as           Team
(COE) Nueces Basin Feasibility          appropriate.
Study.                                 Consider COE recharge feasibility study results
                                        for incorporation into a future EAA recharge
                                        program.
                                    
                                    Support other COE aquifer studies as approved by
                                    the board.

2. Continue to evaluate recharge     Present basic information on recharge project          Aquifer Management
project opportunities.                opportunities to the Board of Directors to             Team
                                      receive direction on further analysis.
                                    If directed to do so by the Board of Directors,
                                      develop a scope of work and budget for the
                                      project evaluation process.
                                    If directed to do so by the Board of Directors,
                                      perform the analysis and report results.
3. Continue data collection for     Operate continuous water level recorders in             Aquifer Management
recharge retention analysis.          wells in the area of existing recharge structures.     Team
                                    Compile event-related hydrologic data and
                                      evaluate the retention of specific recharge
                                      events. The period of data collection will be
                                      dependent on climatic conditions.
Edwards Aquifer Authority Act References: §§ 1.08; 1.11(f)(f-2); 1.26A(n); 1.44; and 1.45.




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Goal D. Implement and Expand Initiatives to Protect Water Quality
         Action Step                    Tasks Needed to Accomplish Step                       Responsible Team(s)                Status




1. Substantially complete               Operate regulatory and non-regulatory               Aquifer Management
implementation of a phased plan          components of the plan.                             Team
for comprehensive water quality         Evaluate interagency cooperation to ensure
protection.                              program components are effectively
                                         implemented.
                                        Evaluate organizational structure to identify
                                         ways to improve effectiveness.


Edwards Aquifer Authority Act References: §§ 1.01; 1.03(17) and (21); 1.08(a) and (c); 1.081; 1.11(d)(8), (10) and (11); 1.14(a) (1) and (2);
1.15(b); 1.27(b)(2); 1.35 (c) and (d); and 1.44(b)(2) and (e).




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Goal E. Identify, Prioritize, and Implement Authority’s Research and Technology Program
         Action Step                       Tasks Needed to Accomplish Step            Responsible Team(s)   Status
1. Prepare update of the          Review, update, and revise existing ASRP based on Aquifer Management
Aquifer Science Research Plan       Aquifer Science Advisory Panel recommendations   Team
(ASRP).                             and input from Authority staff and board.
                                  Prioritize and schedule research needs.
                                  Re-publish ASRP in spring 2014 (and every even-
                                    numbered year thereafter.)
2. Continue to implement          Substantially complete development of the FE      Aquifer Management
components of the Aquifer           groundwater model as initiated in 2011.          Team
Science Research Plan             Substantially complete the phased implementation
(ASRP).                             of the post audit MODFLOW model refinement
                                    projects.
                                  Release updated versions of the MODFLOW model
                                    if appropriate.
                                  Continue construction of improved MODFLOW
                                    variants based on source code evaluations, as
                                    appropriate.
                                  Substantially complete interface between the
                                    groundwater and the HSPF models.
                                  Continue Trinity Aquifer/Edwards Aquifer
                                    interformational flow, interstream recharge, and
                                    Cibolo Creek recharge studies.
                                  Evaluate need for additional bacterial source and
                                    PPCP source data.
                                  Evaluate the need to continue studies of the deep
                                    aquifer biota.




Edwards Aquifer Authority Act Reference: § 1.27.

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                                                           Calendar Year 2014

Goal F. Nurture and Develop Edwards Aquifer Authority Staff
          Action Step                    Tasks Needed to Accomplish Step                Responsible Team(s)   Status
1. Enhance retention of Authority  Continue with efforts to ensure that Authority is
staff.                              competitively postured in the marketplace to
                                    attract and retain key talent.
                                   Further enhance career development paths and
                                    augment knowledge/skills of current staff
                                    through professional development programs and
                                    continued annual review of organizational
                                    structure and compensation plan and develop
                                    appropriate action steps as necessary.

Edwards Aquifer Authority Act References: §§ 1.11(d)(5).




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                                                               Calendar Year 2014

Goal G. Raise Public Awareness of the Authority
            Action Step                     Tasks Needed to Accomplish Step                      Responsible Team(s)     Status
1. Articulate the mission of the   Continue to implement PR “branding”                         Communications &
Authority and further enhance its     program/plan to Improve Authority brand                   External Affairs
image.                                recognition and awareness,                                Team/Administration &
                                   Continue to incorporate latest social network               Operations teams
                                      technologies as part of standard communication
                                      efforts.

2. Maintain and enhance proactive         Initiate outreach effort to communicate outcomes     Executive/
communications with key                    of 2013 legislative session.Engage local officials   Communications &
stakeholder groups including               such as mayors, county judges, etc. in discussions   External Affairs teams
federal, state and local elected and       to explain and gain support of Authority
other officials and stakeholders in        legislative priorities for 2015 session.
the region on Edwards Aquifer and         Continue regular briefing meetings with staff
Authority issues.                          members of key state legislators to report on the
                                           progress of the HCP and related issues.

3. Enhance financial support and          Review effectiveness of the 501(c)(3)          Communications &
awareness for the Authority                organization and make recommendations for      External Affairs
through development of a                   refinement.                                    Team/Executive
501(c)(3) entity.                                                                         Team/Administration &
                                                                                          Operations teams
Edwards Aquifer Authority Act References: §§ 1.08(a); Tex. Water Code §§ 36.108(p); and 36.110.




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APPENDIX A: GLOSSARY OF ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS

ASR – Aquifer Storage and Recovery

ASRP – Aquifer Science Research Plan

COE – (U.S. Army) Corps of Engineers

CPM – Critical Period Management

DCM – Dual-Conductivity Model (Groundwater Model)

EAA – Edwards Aquifer Authority

EARIP -- Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program

EIS -- Environmental Impact Statement

ERPA – Environmental Restoration Project Area

ET – Evapotranspiration


FE – Finite Element groundwater modeling code

GCP – Groundwater Conservation Plan

GMP – Groundwater Management Plan

HCP -- Habitat Conservation Plan

HSPF – Hydrologic Simulation Program Fortran (surface water modeling code)



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MODFLOW – A Finite-Difference Groundwater Model

PPCP – Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Products

SAWS – San Antonio Water System

TCEQ – Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

USFWS – United States Fish & Wildlife Service

USGS – United States Geological Society




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