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AGENDA
MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS' EXECUTIVE
COMMITTEE AND/OR OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
SAN ANTONIO RIVER AUTHORITY
August 11, 2010, 2:00 p.m.
*Estimated Presentation Time: 3 hours
                                                                 
GENERAL AND CEREMONIAL ITEMS:
Estimated Presentation Time: 5 minutes

          
    1.       CALL TO ORDER BY THE CHAIRMAN, MR. GAYLON J. OEHLKE
 
          
    2.       PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
 
          
    3.       ROLL CALL BY THE SECRETARY, MR. ROBERTO G. RODRÍGUEZ
 
          
                      Terry E. Baiamonte

                      Sally Buchanan

                      A.D. Kollodziej, Jr.

                      Hector R. Morales

                      Roberto G. Rodríguez

                       Gaylon J. Oehlke
 
          
    4.       CERTIFICATION OF A QUORUM BY THE SECRETARY

 
          
    5.       INTRODUCTION OF VISITORS

 
          
    6.       CITIZENS TO BE HEARD
 




*Represents the time staff anticipate that it will take to make presentations or give briefings; does not include an estimate of
the time required for discussions generated by Board members.
                                                                       
          APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FOR THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
  7.
          HELD ON APRIL 14, 2010.
 
           
    8.        PRESENTATION, DISCUSSION, AND APPROPRIATE ACTION REGARDING THE
              SAN ANTONIO RIVER AUTHORITY’S DRAFT STATE AND FEDERAL
              LEGISLATIVE AGENDAS FOR THE 82nd STATE LEGISLATURE AND THE 112th
              SESSION OF CONGRESS, 1st SESSION
 
           
    9.        PRESENTATION, DISCUSSION, AND APPROPRIATE ACTION REGARDING
              REVIEW OF THE SAN ANTONIO RIVER AUTHORITY'S STRATEGIC VISION
              AND MISSION STATEMENT
 
           
    10.       PRESENTATION, DISCUSSION AND APPROPRIATE ACTION REGARDING
              DRAFT RULES OF ORDER DOCUMENTING THE PARLIAMENTARY
              PROCEDURES OF THE SAN ANTONIO RIVER AUTHORITY BOARD OF
              DIRECTORS
 
           
    11.       EXECUTIVE SESSION PURSUANT TO TEXAS GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION
              551.071 FOR CONSULTATION WITH ATTORNEY REGARDING THE ARANSAS
              PROJECT V. SHAW, ET. AL., CASE NO. 10-40633 IN THE UNITED STATES COURT
              OF APPEALS FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT
 
           
    12.       PRESENTATION, DISCUSSION AND APPROPRIATE ACTION REGARDING THE
              ARANSAS PROJECT V. SHAW, ET. AL., CASE NO. 10-40633 IN THE UNITED
              STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT
 
           
    13.       DISCUSSION AND APPROPRIATE ACTION REGARDING THE PROPOSED
              OUTLINE FOR THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS WORKSHOP TO DISCUSS THE
              ROLE OF THE NATURE-BASED PARK PROGRAM IN THE ACCOMPLISHMENT
              OF THE SAN ANTONIO RIVER AUTHORITY'S MISSION
 
           
    14.       GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT CONCERNING THE FOLLOWING:
                  UPCOMING EVENTS CALENDAR,
                  FUTURE BOARD AND/OR COMMITTEE MEETINGS, AND
                  MEETINGS INVOLVING THE ATTENDANCE OF ONE OR MORE BOARD
                  MEMBERS
 
           
    15.       ITEMS FOR FUTURE CONSIDERATION
 
           
    16.       NEXT MEETING DATE
 
           
    17.       ADJOURN
 

                               Estimated Presentation Time: 3 Hours
                                                           SAN ANTONIO RIVER AUTHORITY
                                                                  General Statements
 
This meeting is wheelchair accessible. Accessible parking is located at 100 E. Guenther Street. Requests for an interpreter for the hearing impaired must be
received at least 48 hours prior to the meeting, or, to arrange for special assistance to attend this meeting, please call the Operator at 210-227-1373. 

The Board of Directors' Executive Committee of the San Antonio River Authority may discuss and/or take action on any item listed in this agenda while
convened in open session. The Board of Directors of the San Antonio River Authority may also meet in Executive Session, pursuant to Section 551.071 of the
Texas Government Code, to receive advice from legal counsel on any item listed in this agenda. 
Executive Committee                                                  Individual Items      7.
Date: 08/11/2010
Approval of the Minutes
 
Submitted By: Linda Whitaker, Technical        Division:     Executive Offices
               Services
Submitted For: Suzanne B. Scott                Department:

                                         Information
CAPTION
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FOR THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
HELD ON APRIL 14, 2010.
Presenter
Mr. Oehlke, Committee Chairman
Estimated Presentation Time: 5 minutes

Recommendation
Motion to approve the minutes of the Executive Committee meeting held on April 14, 2010,
as presented.
Discussion
   
Vote
   

                                      Attachments
Link: April 14, 2010, Executive Committee Meeting Minutes
                                                                                                          
MINUTES

MEETING OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS' EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

SAN ANTONIO RIVER AUTHORITY

April 14, 2010, 2:00 p.m.
                                                           
GENERAL AND CEREMONIAL ITEMS:
 
          
    1.       CALL TO ORDER WAS MADE BY THE CHAIRMAN OEHLKE, AT 2:01 PM
 
          
    2.       PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE WAS RECITED
 
          
    3.       THE COMMITTEE SECRETARY, MR. ROBERTO G. RODRÍGUEZ, CALLED THE
             ROLL AND REPORTED THE FOLLOWING COMMITTEE MEMBERS PRESENT:
 
          
                    Terry E. Baiamonte

                    Sally Buchanan

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                    A.D. Kollodziej, Jr.

                    Hector R. Morales

                    Roberto G. Rodríguez
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                     Gaylon J. Oehlke
 
          
    4.       CERTIFICATION OF A QUORUM WAS ANNOUNCED BY THE SECRETARY, MR.
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             RODRÍGUEZ
 
          
    5.       INTRODUCTION OF VISITORS
 
             Ms. Sanchez reported that there were none.
 
          
    6.       CITIZENS TO BE HEARD
 
             Ms. Sanchez announced that there were no citizens signed up to speak.
 

    7.       APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FOR THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
             HELD ON FEBRUARY 10, 2010
             Staff recommended a motion to approve the minutes of the Executive Committee meeting held
             on February 10, 2010, as presented.
 
                                                                                                              
                Motion made by Sally Buchanan
                                                                                                              
                Seconded by A.D. Kollodziej, Jr.
                Motion passed unanimously
                  

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    8.    PRESENTATION, DISCUSSION, AND APPROPRIATE ACTION REGARDING
          ARTICLE XVIII OF THE SAN ANTONIO RIVER AUTHORITY BYLAWS
          RELATING TO DIRECTOR CONFERENCES, EXPENSE REIMBURSEMENTS, AND
          FEES
          Ms. Buchanan recommended a motion that the Executive Committee support presentation of the
          proposed Amendment to Bylaws Article XVIII to the Board of Directors for approval, noting the
          Committee's preference for the Chair, rather than the Executive Committee, to have the authority
          to grant exceptions to the new policy.

                Seconded by Terry E. Baiamonte 
                Motion passed with Mr. Rodríguez voting not in favor.
 

    9.    DISCUSSION AND APPROPRIATE ACTION REGARDING AGENDA
          DISTRIBUTION, 2010 UPDATES TO THE BOARD HANDBOOK, AND OTHER
          SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE EXECUTIVE OFFICES
          The Committee provided staff guidance on 2010 Board Handbook updates.  There being no
          action taken on this item, Mr. Oehlke called for Agenda Item 10.
 

    10.   BRIEFING REGARDING PROCESS TO FORMALIZE PARLIAMENTARY
          PROCEDURES USED BY THE SAN ANTONIO RIVER AUTHORITY BOARD OF
          DIRECTORS IN THE CONDUCT OF MEETINGS
 


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          Ms. Buchanan motioned that Legal Counsel for the River Authority, David Ross,
          encompass how SARA's meetings are conducted, into a written document for future review and
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          input by the Committee and Board.
                Seconded by Roberto G. Rodríguez 
                Motion passed unanimously
 
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    11.   PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION REGARDING WATER RIGHTS WITHIN THE
          GUADALUPE-SAN ANTONIO RIVER BASIN
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          There being no action taken on this item, Mr. Oehlke called for Agenda Item 12.
 

    12.   EXECUTIVE SESSION PURSUANT TO TEXAS GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION
          551.071 FOR CONSULTATION WITH ATTORNEY FOR A BRIEFING ON PENDING
          OR CONTEMPLATED LITIGATION UNDER THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT
          REGARDING AN ALLEGED TAKE OF WHOOPING CRANES
          After appropriate disclosure in accordance with Chapter 551 of the Texas Government Code, the
          Open Meetings Act, Section 551.071, Mr. Oehlke then recessed to meet in Executive Session at
          3:47 p.m. for deliberation concerning consultation with attorney for a briefing on pending or
          contemplated litigation under the Endangered Species Act regarding an alleged take of
          Whooping Cranes. The Executive Session having concluded, the Executive Committee Meeting
          resumed into Open Session at 4:10 p.m.
 

    13.   PRESENTATION, DISCUSSION, AND APPROPRIATE ACTION ON PENDING OR
          CONTEMPLATED LITIGATION UNDER THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT
          REGARDING AN ALLEGED TAKE OF WHOOPING CRANES
          There being no action taken on this item, Mr. Oehlke called for Agenda Item 14.
 

    14.   GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT CONCERNING THE FOLLOWING:


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    14.   GENERAL MANAGER'S REPORT CONCERNING THE FOLLOWING:
                UPCOMING EVENTS CALENDAR,
                FUTURE BOARD AND/OR COMMITTEE MEETINGS, AND
                MEETINGS INVOLVING THE ATTENDANCE OF ONE OR MORE BOARD
                MEMBERS
          There being no action taken on this item, Mr. Oehlke called for Agenda Item 15.
 

    15.   ITEMS FOR FUTURE CONSIDERATION
          Mr. Oehlke announced that Mr. Raabe will place additional presentations on environmental
          matters of impact to the basin, such as the Instream Flow Program and/or Environmental Flows,
          on future Committee agendas.
 

    16.   NEXT MEETING DATE
          After Committee discussion and due to the upcoming budget meetings, it was decided that the
          next Executive Committee meeting will be Wednesday, August 11, 2010, at 2:00 p.m.
 

    17.   ADJOURN
          There being nothing further to report, Mr. Oehlke called for a motion to adjourn the Executive
          meeting and therefore, the meeting adjourned at 4:17 p.m.



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PREPARED AND RECOMMENDED FOR COMMITTEE APPROVAL BY THE MANAGER.
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                                                           ______________________________________
                                                           SUZANNE B. SCOTT, General Manager
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APPROVED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AT THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
HELD ON AUGUST 11, 2010.
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                                                           ______________________________________
                                                           GAYLON J. OEHLKE, Board Chairman
ATTEST:


___________________________________________
ROBERTO G. RODRÍGUEZ, Board Secretary




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Executive Committee                                                      Individual Items     8.
Date: 08/11/2010
State and Federal Legislative Agendas for 2011 Sessions
 
Submitted By: Brian Mast,                        Division:       Intergovernmental and
               Intergovernmental and                             Comm Relations
               Comm Relations
Submitted For: Brian Mast                        Department: Intergovernmental Relations

                                          Information
CAPTION
PRESENTATION, DISCUSSION, AND APPROPRIATE ACTION REGARDING THE
SAN ANTONIO RIVER AUTHORITY’S DRAFT STATE AND FEDERAL
LEGISLATIVE AGENDAS FOR THE 82nd STATE LEGISLATURE AND THE 112th
SESSION OF CONGRESS, 1st SESSION
Presenter
Brian Mast
Estimated Presentation Time: 15 minutes

In preparation for the 82nd Texas Legislature Session, the San Antonio River Authority staff,
with assistance from Tuggey Rosenthal Pauerstein Sandoloski Agather LLP, has begun to
identify particular issues that are germane to the River Authority. The initial legislative
recommendations discussed in this briefing will be divided into four categories: items to
initiate; items to monitor; items to support; and items to oppose. At this time, staff is not
recommending any legislative items for the River Authority to initiate. 

It is important to remember that the information provided in this briefing is in draft form, and
changes may occur prior to the final recommendations being presented to the Board of
Directors at the October Board meeting. In addition to the initial legislative recommendations,
this briefing also includes background information regarding the Bexar, Wilson, Karnes and
Goliad County state delegations as well as a summary of the relevant House and Senate
interim charges. 

Please see Attachment A for the initial legislative staff recommendations, Attachment B for
the information regarding the delegation background, and Attachment C for the summary of
relevant House and Senate interim charges.

The time line related to the 82nd Texas Legislature Session is as follows:
       August 11, 2010:  River Authority staff will brief Executive Committee on initial
       legislative staff recommendations.
       September 15, 2010:  River Authority staff will brief full Board on initial legislative
       staff recommendations (contingent upon direction by Executive Session).
       October 2010:  River Authority staff will finalize legislative staff recommendations and
       will brief Executive Committee on final legislative staff recommendations (only
       necessary if significant changes occurred to the legislative recommendations following
       the September 15 Board meeting).
       October 20, 2010:  River Authority staff to seek approval by the full Board of final
       legislative staff recommendations.
       November 5, 2010:  Legislative briefing with Board and delegation members (tentative
       date for luncheon).
       January 11, 2011:  82nd Texas Legislature Session begins


Note: The date for a Board visit to the Capitol during the session has yet to be determined.
Additional Capitol visits during the session (e.g. Greater San Antonio and Hispanic Chambers
of Commerce “VIVA San Antonio” day) are scheduled for Tuesday, February 15, 2011.
Recommendation
Motion to be crafted, if necessary, after Committee discussion.
Discussion
  
Vote
   

                                         Attachments
Link: Attachment A
Link: Attachment B
Link: Attachment C
82nd Texas Legislative Session
               OVERVIEW OF 82nd DRAFT LEGISLATIVE AGENDA



In preparation for the 82nd Texas Legislative Session the San Antonio River Authority
(River Authority) identified twenty-four major legislative initiatives for the staff to track,
support, and / or oppose over the next regular session. In addition to the specific items
listed, staff will monitor and track any legislation that may impact the River Authority’s
elections, taxing authority and general operations. The River Authority staff will also
monitor water-related legislation pertaining to our four-county district and as these issues
arise positions will be developed and presented.

The River Authority’s Legislative Agenda for the 82nd Texas Legislative Session includes
twenty-four issues placing them in the following categories; Items to Initiate, Items to
Support, Items to Monitor, and Items to Oppose. Staff will present the issues and
position statements to the River Authority Board of Director’s Executive Committee on
September 15, 2010. The Committee reviewed the issues, identified the priorities, and
revised the statements to better reflect the position of the River Authority.

The Intergovernmental and Community Relations Department (IGCR) at the River
Authority coordinates the legislative agenda. During the session, IGCR staff will work
with the members of the Legislature, committee staff, professional organizations and the
River Authority’s lobby team to convey and obtain feedback regarding the River
Authority’s legislative positions and on individual bills under consideration. Reports
tracking the status and progress of priority issues and legislation will be presented
regularly at the River Authority’s monthly Board of Directors meetings.

This report contains a summary of the staff legislative recommendations followed by a
more detailed explanation of each recommendation. For more information on the River
Authority’s Legislative Agenda, please contact Brian Mast, Intergovernmental Relations
Specialist, at (210) 302-3287.




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          SUMMARY OF STAFF LEGISLATIVE RECOMMENDATIONS
The legislative recommendations are divided into four categories: items to initiate; items
to support; items to monitor; and items to oppose. The following items have been
identified.

Items to Initiate
                 Issue                                            Notes
No items to recommend at this time

Items to Support (not in a particular priority order)
                  Issue                                            Notes
Clean Rivers Program                           Staff recommends supporting funding
                                               efforts to maintain the Clean Rivers
                                               Program at its current level.
Procurement Process                            Staff recommends supporting legislation
                                               that would allow for further flexibility in
                                               the River Authority’s procurement process.
Tax Increment Financing (TIF)                  Staff     recommends       supporting     an
                                               amendment to the Tax Code with regards
                                               to formation of the TIF oversight board.
                                               Staff may recommend initiating this
                                               legislation.
State Water Plan                               Staff recommends supporting funding
                                               efforts to implement the State Water Plan.
State Environmental Water Policy               Staff recommends supporting legislation
                                               that would initiate State agency discussions
                                               regarding a unified environmental water
                                               policy.
Tire Recycling Program (State or County Staff recommends supporting legislation
led)                                           that would implement a tire recycling
                                               program.
Plastic Bag Use Reduction                      Staff recommends supporting legislation
                                               that would seek to limit the number of
                                               plastic bags that enter the human and
                                               natural environment.
Stormwater runoff reduction                    Staff recommends supporting legislation
                                               that would phase in a reduction of
                                               stormwater runoff for new development.

Items to Monitor (not in a particular priority order)
                    Issue                                         Notes
Review of all state-created river authorities Staff will monitor any legislation related to
                                               this interim charge and will move this item
                                               to ―oppose‖ category if River Authority is
                                               negatively impacted.
Dam safety issues                              Staff will monitor any legislation related to


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                                                 this interim charge and may move this item
                                                 to either the ―support‖ or ―oppose‖
                                                 category depending upon the impact of the
                                                 proposed fees on the River Authority and
                                                 how the newly generated funds specifically
                                                 support the Dam Safety Program.
Pharmaceuticals / emerging contaminants          Staff will monitor any legislation related to
monitoring                                       SB 1757 passed in the 81st session and/or
                                                 other water monitoring issues and may
                                                 move this item to ―support‖ category,
                                                 particularly if legislation is filed to fund
                                                 further water monitoring programs and/or
                                                 limit     pharmaceuticals      entering    the
                                                 wastewater stream.
Environmental Flows                              Staff will monitor any legislation related to
                                                 this issue.
Desalination issues                              Staff will monitor any legislation related to
                                                 this interim charge and may move this item
                                                 to ―support‖ category, particularly if
                                                 legislation is filed to fund desalination.
Eminent Domain issues                            Staff will monitor any legislation related to
                                                 this issue.
State implementation of the National Flood       Staff will monitor any legislation related to
Insurance Program (NFIP)                         this issue and may move this item to
                                                 ―support‖      category,     particularly    if
                                                 legislation is filed which identifies further
                                                 efficiencies and effectiveness of the NFIP.
Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation          Staff will monitor any legislation related to
Program (EARIP)                                  this issue.
Groundwater management issues                    Staff will monitor any legislation related to
                                                 this interim charge.
Property Appraisals and Revenue Caps             Staff will monitor any legislation related to
                                                 this issue.
Regional water quality standards                 Staff will monitor any legislation related to
                                                 this issue.
Reuse and wastewater return flows                Staff will monitor any legislation related to
                                                 this issue.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department              Staff will monitor any legislation related to
(TPWD) Matching Grants                           this issue and the budget process to ensure
                                                 these programs remain funded.
Texas Bottle Bill – Beverage container           Staff will monitor any legislation related to
deposit bill.                                    this issue.

Items to Oppose
                 Issue                                            Notes
Changes to Edwards Aquifer Pumping Cap           Staff recommends opposing legislation that


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                        would result in alterations to the Edwards
                        Aquifer     pumping      cap    that  was
                        implemented by the 80th Legislature in SB
                        3. The current pumping cap is set at
                        572,000 acre-feet of water during a
                        calendar year.
Unfunded Mandates       Staff will recommend opposing legislation
                        that would result in additional unfunded
                        state mandates.




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                                    Items to Initiate
At present there are no items to recommend; however, as issues develop staff may shift
items into this category.

                                    Items to Support
                                  Clean Rivers Program

In a recent meeting with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) water
program executives, the River Authority learned that TCEQ they do not anticipate
reducing funding to the Clean Rivers Program. However in this tight budget cycle where
agencies have been asked to identify 5, 10, and 15% cuts the Clean Rivers Program
remains vulnerable.

In the 81st Legislature TCEQ anticipated a $40 million shortfall for the 2009-2010
biennium in the Water Resources Management Account (Fund 153). This means TCEQ
needed to identify $40 million during the 81st Session appropriations process just to
maintain the current funding levels that support water resource programs, including the
CRP.

In the 81st Legislature (HB 1433) TCEQ was permitted to raise the fee cap on the Waste
Water Permit Fee:
    1) The Waste Water Permit Fee was raised on September 1, 2009, to $100,000 and
        each subsequent years fee cap could be further raised based upon an inflation
        index. The fee cap cannot rise above $150,000 / permit.

Staff recommends supporting funding efforts to maintain the CRP at its current level
remaining cognizant of this tough budget cycle.

                                   Procurement Process

House Bill (HB) 1886 80(R), Design Build and Alternative Project Delivery, made a
number of positive changes in construction project delivery procedures. The bill
expanded the use of competitive sealed proposals and construction management at risk
into infrastructure markets. Included in the bill are design-build for roads, water facilities,
and other civil works projects. The River Authority supported this bill in the 80th session
and its passage provides the River Authority with greater flexibility with regards to
procurement activities. Senate Bill (SB) 229 81(R), further expanded the use of Design
Build and Alternative Project Delivery to governmental bodies serving populations of
100,000 or more people.

Staff recommends supporting legislation that would allow for further flexibility in the
River Authority’s procurement process.

                             Tax Increment Financing (TIF)


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The River Authority recently encountered opposition when appointing a staff member to
serve on a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Board of Directors. Presently, § 311.0091 of
the Tax Code stipulates that to be eligible for appointment to a TIF Board of a
reinvestment zone, a person must be a qualified voter of the municipality that designated
the zone; or be at least 18 years of age and own real property in the zone or be an
employee or agent of a person that owns real property in the zone.

It has been the River Authority’s policy to name an experienced and knowledgeable staff
member to TIF Boards in order to best represent the River Authority’s interests on said
Boards. The current eligibility requirements potentially prohibit the River Authority from
appointing the most highly qualified individual to represent the River Authority on a TIF
Board.

The River Authority supports amending the Tax Code with regards to the formation of
TIF oversight boards. Staff may recommend initiating this legislation if additional
research indicates such an amendment is feasible.

                                      Tire Recycling

The River Authority has witnessed more used tires being illegally dumped within our
basin. This issue was brought to the attention of the Bexar Regional Watershed
Management Committee of Seven (BRWM C7) Commissioner Adkisson expressed
interest in the County pursuing legislation. River Authority intergovernmental staff have
discussed legislation with Senator Uresti’s staff as the Senator introduced a tire recycling
bill for Maverick County in the 81st Legislature. If the River Authority and / or Bexar
County are interested in pursuing a local bill that implements a tire recycling fee or tire
recycling program the Senator would be a potential bill sponsor.

Staff recommends supporting legislation that would address tire recycling through either
a statewide or local initiative.

                                Plastic Bag Use Reduction

The River Authority encourages our basin residents to use reusable shopping bags
whenever they shop through education outreach activities and reusable bag give-a-ways.
In the 81st Legislature a couple of bills were filed that aimed at reducing the use of single
use plastic bags. Neither of the bills made it out of committee but the groundwork was
laid for the 82nd Session.

Staff recommends supporting legislation that would reduce our reliance and use of single-
use plastic bags.

                Stormwater Runoff Reductions for New Development




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The River Authority recommends legislation that would require zero stormwater runoff
for the first ½‖ of rain for new development construction. Legislation could phase in the
stormwater reduction over time (ex. ¼‖ by 2015 and ½‖ by 2020).

                                   Items to Monitor
                      Review of State-Created River Authorities

The Senate Natural Resources Committee reviewed the advisability of subjecting river
authorities to Sunset Committee review. The Committee considered options for ensuring
adequate protection of public assets, improving transparency of operations, enhancing
appropriate access to financial and management records, and authorizing audits by the
State Auditor’s office.

The River Authority is one of two river authorities in Texas that has an elected Board.
Since the River Authority has an elected board there is built in electorate oversight that
allows for public oversight and ensures agency transparency.

Staff will monitor any legislation related to this interim charge and will move this item to
the ―oppose‖ category if the River Authority is negatively impacted.

                                    State Water Plan

The development of the State Water Plan has made the State of Texas a national leader in
the area of water planning. However, if adequate funds are not in place to implement the
water plan, then the full benefits of the State Water Plan will not be realized. The Joint
Committee on State Water Funding is exploring several funding mechanisms in an effort
to identify a dedicated stream of monies to fund the projects listed in the State Water
Plan. Potential funding mechanisms identified by the Joint Committee include imposing a
fee on bottled water sales, sales tax on retail sales (where households using in access of
5000 gallons/month would be charged a sales tax), water conservation and development
fee, a water rights fee, and a tap fee on public water supply corporations. Senator Robert
Duncan advocated for a constitutionally dedicated funding mechanism rather than a
statutorily created dedicated funding mechanism.

Staff will monitor the legislature’s efforts to find a steady dedicated funding source to
fund the State Water Plan and will make further recommendations as necessary
depending upon the determination of the legislature’s proposed funding mechanism.

                                       Dam Safety

During the interim session the Senate Natural Resources Committee studied the safety of
major dams, levees, and other flood control structures across Texas. The Committee
sought to determine which agency [Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
(TCEQ), Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), or the Governor’s Office of
Homeland Security] is most appropriate for handling dam safety issues, the level of


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authority and funding needed to inventory, assess, repair, or replace those structures with
impairments. The Committee also sought to develop liability and control standards for
flood control structures and make recommendations to properly and safely manage these
assets in the future.

TCEQ’s Executive Director testified to the Legislative Budget Board on September 22nd
that the agency is considering implementing new fees to fund the Dam Safety Program.
Two fees were discussed; a Dam Inspection Fee and an Annual Dam Registration Fee.
The funds raised by the proposed fees would support the Dam Safety Program however
the fee amounts and how they would support the program have yet to be disclosed.

Staff will monitor any legislation related to this issue and may move this item to either
the ―support‖ or ―oppose‖ category depending upon the impact of the proposed fees on
the River Authority and how the newly generated funds specifically support the Dam
Safety Program.

   Monitoring Emerging Contaminants: Mercury, Arsenic, and Pharmaceuticals

The interim Senate Natural Resources Committee assessed issues concerning mercury
and arsenic emissions to identify the sources of mercury and arsenic pollution in water.
The Committee also investigated the status of drinking water, reservoir, river, estuary,
and fish and wildlife mercury and arsenic monitoring programs in Texas.

―Emerging contaminants" can be broadly defined as any synthetic or naturally occurring
chemical or any microorganism that is not commonly monitored in the environment but
has the potential to enter the environment and cause known or suspected adverse
ecological and/or human health effects.

A study of 139 streams throughout the country detected 82 chemicals in 80 percent of the
waterways tested in 1999-2000, according to the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Toxic
Substances Hydrology Program. The most common chemicals were steroids (anti-
inflammatory drugs), antibiotics, nonprescription drugs, caffeine and insect repellent.

Potential water quality contaminants are flushed into ground and surface water from a
variety of sources. The most common are wastewater from sewage treatment plants, run-
off from agricultural land uses, particularly from industrial scale livestock facilities, and
discharge from individual septic systems. Conventional sewage treatment varies greatly
in its ability to eliminate drug or personal care product residues.

Staff will monitor any legislation related to the interim charge and/or other water
monitoring issues and may move this item to the ―support‖ category, particularly if
legislation is filed to fund further water monitoring programs.

*Emerging Contaminant information comes from USGS and the Water Systems Council.

                                    Environmental Flows



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The Texas Legislature passed environmental flow provisions in the Texas Water Code
with Senate Bill 3, Article I 80(R). In recognition of the importance that the ecological
soundness of our riverine, bay, and estuary systems and riparian lands has on the
economy, health, and well-being of our state, the 80th Texas Legislature created the
Environmental Flows Advisory Group. The Environmental Flows Advisory Group
recently appointed the nine-member Texas Environmental Flows Science Advisory
Committee of which the River Authority nominated two, George Ward and Paul
Montagna. Senate Bill 3 provides for adaptive management strategies as better science is
developed, acknowledges the uniqueness of each river basin, and establishes regional bay
and basin stakeholder groups and expert science teams to recommend environmental flow
levels needed for the bay and basins to maintain the essential balance between human
needs and environmental needs. The River Authority firmly believes the state needs to
develop statewide consistency and coordination to environmental flow studies and
methodologies for our rivers, streams, bays, and estuaries as laid out in Senate Bill 3,
Article 1.

Senator Hegar recently indicated that the legislature may explore appointing an
environmental flows coordinator to lead each basin and bay science and stakeholder
group in order to keep the program on the optimum schedule.

Staff will monitor any legislation related to this issue.

                                     Desalination Issues

During the interim session the Senate Natural Resources Committee inventoried and
analyzed bodies of water with high salinity. The Committee explored new technologies
and approaches to reduce salinity in the state's surface and groundwater. The Committee
also examined the need for state action to address salinity levels in surface waters of the
state. The Committee’s interim report will include an assessment of the following:
            brackish desalinization projects, including brine disposal options;
            permitting of brackish water by groundwater districts;
            the value and potential uses for brackish water; and
            the imposition of export fees for brackish as opposed to potable water.

Staff will monitor any legislation related to this interim charge and may move this item to
the ―support‖ category, particularly if legislation is filed to fund desalination research and
projects.

                                      Eminent Domain

As a result of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Kelo vs. City of New London, which
affirmed the right of some governments to exercise the power of eminent domain for
economic development purposes, many state Legislatures such as Texas passed new laws
to clarify how some governments can exercise the power of eminent domain for
economic development purposes. During a special session of the 80th Legislature, the


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Legislature passed a bill explicitly prohibiting the Department of Transportation from
condemning private property for ancillary facilities (gas stations, restaurants, etc.), unless
the property is for one of multiple facilities included in a comprehensive development
plan approved by the county commissioners court of each county in which the property is
located. It is possible that the Legislature may revisit this issue to further ensure
protection of private property rights.

In the 80th and 81st interim sessions, the House Committee on Land and Resource
Management examined the body of law to determine the amount of compensation
property owners receive when their land is condemned and studied the appropriateness of
Texas’ scheme as compared to others.

Staff will monitor any legislation related to this issue and may move this item to the
―oppose‖ category, particularly if legislation limits or prohibits the use of eminent
domain for the types of infrastructure that the River Authority and other water agencies
implement.

       State Implementation of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

SB 1436 80(R) transferred the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) from the TCEQ
to the TWDB.

Staff will monitor any legislation related to this issue and may move this item to the
―support‖ category, particularly if legislation is filed which identifies further efficiencies
and effectiveness of the NFIP.

           Edwards Aquifer Recovery Implementation Program (EARIP)

In Senate Bill (SB) 3 80(R), the legislature created the Edwards Aquifer Recovery
Implementation Process (EARIP) and imposed statutory deadlines for the EARIP team to
meet. Thus far the EARIP team has met all of the statutory deadlines; however, to
continue to meet future timelines, the EARIP will require funding from sources other
than the partners in the process. The River Authority has already contributed $25,000 and
will likely contribute this much on an annual basis while the EARIP process continues.

Staff recommends supporting state funding for the EARIP.

                            Groundwater Management Issues

During the interim session the House Committee on Natural Resources monitored joint
planning efforts in groundwater management areas, including progress toward setting
desired future conditions for aquifers.

Staff will monitor any legislation related to this interim charge.

                        Property Appraisals and Revenue Caps



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In the interim session the House Committee on Land and Resource Management
examined the body of law to determine the amount of compensation property owners
receive when their land is condemned, in whole or in part, and studied the
appropriateness of Texas’ compensation scheme as compared to others.

Staff will monitor any legislation related to this issue and may shift this issue to the
―oppose‖ category, particularly if legislation would imbalance the compensation equation
disproportionately towards property owners.

                            Regional Water Quality Standards

In the interim session the Senate Natural Resources Committee studied the need for
regional water quality standards, particularly in the Edwards and Barton Springs recharge
zones.

Staff will monitor any legislation related to this issue.

                          Reuse and Wastewater Return Flows

Reuse (treated wastewater return flows) is an important conservation and water
management strategy. It is a key component to meeting the needs of manufacturing,
irrigation and municipal demands. The State Water Plan identifies an increase in the
usage of reuse over the 50-year planning horizon from three percent in 2000 to seven
percent in 2050. Reuse reduces the need for costly investment in the development of new
surface or groundwater supplies. Reuse water is also critical to supporting environmental
needs, particularly base instream flows and freshwater inflows to bays and estuaries.
Many years ago the San Antonio River relied on the spring flows from San Antonio and
San Pedro Springs; however increased pumping on the Edwards Aquifer resulted in
minimal or intermittent spring flow. In spite of this, the river still flows but relies on a
spring flow surrogate—treated wastewater return flows. Downstream water needs on the
San Antonio River are also currently being met by treated wastewater return flows.
Wastewater return flows are critical for managing our river’s environmental ecosystem
and supporting the health of San Antonio Bay.

Staff supports a state policy that links environmental flows and the use of wastewater
return flows (reuse) that will provide adequate protections for downstream flows for the
environment. An ideal state policy will allow for a basin by basin or regional approach to
the reuse issue rather than a one size fits all statewide solution.

Staff will monitor any legislation related to this issue.

          Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Matching Grant Programs

With the continued and perhaps expanded reductions in state agency budgets, the defense
needs to be strong to preserve the funding for the matching grant programs administered



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by TPWD. Parks are proven to be solid and sound investments that return monies to
communities through offsetting/preventing health and wellness issues, economic
development, increased property values, and lower crime rates. The matching grant
programs stimulate local governments to take on the responsibility for park
improvements and expansions. As the population of Texas grows, the State should
continue to help stimulate local governments to meet the needs of existing and future
Texans.

Staff will monitor any legislation and budgetary issues related to this issue.

                                    Items to Oppose
                      Changes to Edwards Aquifer’s Pumping Cap
Per Board of Directors guidance on March 18, 2009 staff will oppose legislation that
would result in alterations to the Edwards Aquifer pumping cap that was implemented by
the 80th Legislature in SB 3. As established in SB 3 the current pumping cap is 572,000
acre-feet of water during a calendar year.

                                   Unfunded Mandates

Staff will recommend opposing legislation that would result in additional unfunded state
mandates.




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           TEXAS
        LEGISLATORS
         HANDBOOK
(Legislators with districts within SARA‟s geographical
 jurisdiction and House & Senate Natural Resources
                      Committees)




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Index                                                                   2

Texas State Senators (SARA Jurisdiction)                                3
       Glenn Hegar, 18th District; Goliad*                              4
       Carlos Uresti, 19th District; Bexar*                             5
       Judith Zaffirini, 21st District; Bexar, Karnes, and Wilson       6
       Jeff Wentworth, 25th District; Bexar                             7
       Leticia Van de Putte, 26th District; Bexar                       8

Texas State House of Representatives (SARA Jurisdiction)                9
       Yvonne Gonzales Tourreilles, 35th District; Goliad and Karnes   10
       Edmund Kuempel, 44th District; Wilson                           11
       Trey Martinez-Fischer, 116th District; Bexar*                   12
       David Leibowitz, 117th District; Bexar                          13
       Joe Farias, 118th District; Bexar                               14
       Roland Gutierrez, 119th District; Bexar                         15
       Ruth Jones McClendon, 120th District; Bexar                     16
       Joe Straus III, Speaker of the House, 121st District; Bexar     17
       Frank J. Corte, Jr., 122nd District; Bexar*                     18
       Michael „Mike‟ Villarreal, 123rd District; Bexar                19
       Jose Menendez, 124th District; Bexar                            20
       Joaquin Castro, 125th District; Bexar                           21

Senate Natural Resources Committee                                     22
       Troy Fraser, Chairman, 24th District                            23
       Craig Estes, Vice Chair, 30th District                          24
       Kevin Eltife, 1st District                                      25
       Bob Deuell, 2nd District                                        26
       Robert Nichols, 3rd District                                    27
       Mike Jackson, 11th District                                     28
       Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, 20th District                             29
       Robert Duncan, 28th District                                    30
       Kel Seliger, 31st District                                      31

House Natural Resources Committee                                      32
      Allen Ritter, Chairman, 21st District                            33
      Bill Callegari, Vice Chair, 132nd District                       34
      Stephen Frost, 1st District                                      35
      Brandon Creighton, 16th District                                 36
      Eddie Lucio III, 38th District                                   37
      Doug Miller, 73rd District                                       38
      Tracy O. King, 80th District                                     39
      John T. Smithee, 86th District                                   40
      Jodie Laubenberg, 89th District                                  41

* Are also on the Natural Resources Committees




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    TEXAS STATE
     SENATORS
(SARA JURISDICTION)




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       Glenn Hegar, State Senate, 18th District, Natural Resources Committee




Senator Hegar serves as Chairman of the influential Sunset Advisory Commission,
Chairman of the Legislative Sportsman's Caucus, Vice Chairman of the Committee on
Government Organization, in addition to serving as a member of the Committees on
Natural Resources, Agriculture & Rural Affairs, Nominations, and Criminal Justice.
Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst's appointment of Senator Hegar as Chairman of the
Sunset Advisory Commission made Texas history, marking the first time that a freshman
member of the Texas Legislature has been appointed to a leadership position of Chairman
of the powerful Sunset Advisory Commission.

In addition to his other appointments, Senator Hegar is a member of the Environmental
Flows Advisory Group and a member of the Legislature's Rural Caucus. He was
appointed by Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst to serve on the Agriculture and Rural
Development Committee and the Fiscal Affairs and Government Operations Committee
of the Southern Legislative Conference.

Senator Glenn Hegar, the youngest member of the Texas Senate, is a sixth generation
Texan who farms on land that has been in his family since the mid 1800s. Glenn, his wife
Dara, and their children Claire, Julia and Jonah, live in Katy, where they attend Memorial
Lutheran Church.




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       Carlos Uresti, State Senate, 19th District, Natural Resources Committee




Senator Uresti represents more than 700,000 people in the largest geographical senate
district in the contiguous 48 states.

A 1997 special election to the Texas House of Representatives opened the door to state
politics for Senator Uresti. He served in the House for nine years and was the chairman of
the Committee on Human Services during the 78th Legislature and the Committee on
Government Reform during the 79th Legislature. Senator Uresti was elected to the Texas
Senate in 2006, riding on his reputation as a champion of children, seniors, and veterans.

Currently, Senator Uresti is co-chair of the Bexar Metropolitan Water District Legislative
Oversight Committee, and is vice chair of two Senate Committees — Administration and
Agriculture and Rural Affairs. He is also a member of the Health and Human Services
and the Natural Resources Committees. Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst appointed
him to the National Conference of State Legislatures‟ standing Health Committee in
2007.

Senator Uresti enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves at the age of 18 as a Private
First Class. He earned a Bachelor‟s degree in Political Science and a Teaching Certificate
from St. Mary‟s University. Since graduating from St. Mary‟s University School of Law
in 1992, he has been in private practice in San Antonio, currently with the Uresti Law
Firm.

Senator Uresti was born and raised in San Antonio. He and his twin brother, Larry, are
the youngest of eight children. Balancing career and family life is important to Senator
Uresti. He raised his two sons, Michael and Carlos, Jr. in the same neighborhood in
which he spent his formative years and they continued in their father's footsteps in their
own way.




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                      Judith Zaffirini, State Senate, 21st District




Senator Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo) represents the 21st Senatorial District. The second
highest-ranking Texas state senator, she also is the highest-ranking woman and Hispanic
senator and the highest-ranking senator for Bexar County and the border region.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst appointed her (2009) Chair of the Senate Higher Education
Committee and member of the Senate Finance, Health and Human Services, Economic
Development, and Administration committees. She is the first Hispanic woman in Texas
to serve as President Pro Tempore of the Texas Senate and as Governor for a Day. She
has served three consecutive terms as Chair of the Senate Health and Human Services
Committee, seven terms on the Appropriations Conference Committee, eight terms on the
Senate Finance Committee, ten terms on the Senate Education Committee, and on the
Legislative Budget Board since 2004.

Dr. Zaffirini is an award-winning communication specialist with 13 years of teaching
experience, including at the college and university levels. Through her business, Zaffirini
Communications, she provides professional communication services, including
consulting, workshops and seminars, one-on-one coaching, keynote addresses, and
writing. A distinguished communicator, educator, and leader, she holds B.S., M.A., and
PhD degrees from The University of Texas at Austin.

Judith and Carlos Zaffirini have been married for 44 years. Their son, Carlos Jr., is a
graduate of the UT McCombs School of Business and the UT School of Law.




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                      Jeff Wentworth, State Senate, 25th District




Senator Jeff Wentworth is serving his sixth term in the Texas Senate where he was
president pro tem in 2004-2005.

He is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Jurisprudence and serves on the
Administration; Transportation and Homeland Security; and Intergovernmental Relations
Committees. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Natural Resources
Foundation of Texas, the Board of Directors of the Austin Community College Center for
Public Policy and Political Studies, the Texas Judicial Council and the Board of Trustees
of the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County.

Senator Wentworth is a member of the National Executive Committee of the Council of
State Governments. He is immediate past chair of the 16-state Southern Legislative
Conference, and he is a member of the American Council of Young Political Leaders'
Board of Trustees.

Prior public service includes five years in the Texas House of Representatives, one year
as a university system regent, six years as a county commissioner, two years as a city
attorney, three years as a Congressional assistant, and three years as a United States
Army counterintelligence officer.

Senator Wentworth graduated from Alamo Heights High School, Texas A&M University
and Texas Tech University School of Law. He is married to Karla Wentworth, a licensed
professional interior designer. Jeff and Karla have two sons, Jason, a student at Texas
A&M University-San Antonio, and Matthew, a student at Texas State University-San
Marcos.




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                   Leticia Van de Putte, State Senate, 26th District




Senator Leticia Van de Putte, a former five-term state representative, is now serving her
fifth term as a Texas State Senator for District 26.

She currently serves as Chair of the Veteran Affairs and Military Installations
Committee, and serves as a member of the Senate Committees on Education, State
Affairs, and Business and Commerce. She is also the Chair of the Texas Senate
Democratic Caucus.

She has been actively involved in the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL),
serving as President from 2006 to 2007. Senator Van de Putte is a member of the
National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, where she served as President from 2003
to 2005. She also currently serves on the American Legacy Foundation Board, which
oversees the settlements of 46 states with the tobacco industry.

Senator Van de Putte received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas at
Austin, College of Pharmacy, and she is a 1973 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High
School in San Antonio, Texas. Senator Van de Putte currently lives in San Antonio with
her husband of 32 years, Pete, and has six children: Nichole, Vanessa, Henry, Gregory,
Isabella, and Paul.




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       TEXAS STATE
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
   (SARA JURISDICTION)




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         Yvonne Gonzales Toureilles, House of Representatives, 35th District




State Representative Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles was first elected in November of 2004
to represent District 35 in the Texas House of Representatives Representative Gonzalez
Toureilles currently serves as chair in the House Committee for Agriculture and
Livestock. In conjunction with the chairmanship, Representative Gonzalez Toureilles
also serves on the House Committee on Energy Resources.

In order to best serve the unique needs of District 35, Representative Gonzalez Toureilles
is also a member of the House Democratic Caucus, the Women's Health Caucus and the
Mexican American Legislative Caucus. In addition, she serves as the Vice-Chair of the
Rural Caucus.

Representative Gonzalez Toureilles graduated with honors from the University of Texas
at Austin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French. Later, she enrolled in the University
of Texas School of Law and received her Doctorate of Jurisprudence in 1996. After
earning her law degree, she began working for the State of Texas as a researcher at the
Texas House of Representatives. Her passion for public service then led to her
employment as an Assistant Attorney General.

Representative Gonzalez Toureilles is married to her high school sweetheart, Marc
Toureilles, has a daughter named Genevieve and resides in Alice with her family where
she practices family law.




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             Edmund Kuempel, House of Representatives, 44th District




Edmund Kuempel has served his constituents since 1983, when he was elected to the
Texas House of Representatives. The 2000 census and redistricting currently have him
representing Wilson, Gonzales and Guadalupe Counties as House District 44 in the 2007
& in the 2009 Legislature.

Edmund Kuempel has been an active legislator for nearly 26 years. He has been named
Chairman of three committees during previous sessions - the Committee on Retirement
and Aging, the Committee on House Administration and the Committee on State
Recreational Resources. Representative Kuempel currently serves as the Chairman of the
Licensing and Administrative Procedures Committee and is a senior member of the
Calendars Committee and the Culture, Recreation and Tourism Committee.

Edmund Kuempel was born and raised in Austin, graduating from Austin High School.
He received his B.A. in Business from Texas Lutheran College in Seguin. Edmund is
married to the former Roberta "Birdie" Blumberg. They have two adult children, John
Kuempel and Margaret Brady. Edmund and Birdie also have a granddaughter - Rose
Brady who was born in September, 1998, and twin grandsons - Will and Sam Kuempel
who were born in 2004. The Kuempels are active members of Faith Lutheran Church in
Seguin.




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           Trey Martinez-Fischer, House of Representatives, 116th District




A champion for the hard working families of District 116, in the heart of San Antonio,
State Representative Trey Martinez Fischer is in his fourth term in the Texas House of
Representatives.

Rep. Martinez Fischer is the Vice Chairman of the Mexican American Legislative
Caucus and serves as a Floor Leader for the House Democratic Caucus. He serves on the
Urban Affairs and Civil Practices Committees. He has authored and passed legislation
pertaining to predatory lending, Child Protective Services, and ethics.

Recognized nationally for his work in Hispanic leadership, Rep. Martinez Fischer is a
regular participant in the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials
(NALEO), the National Education Leadership Initiative (NELI), and the Democratic
National Committee's National Hispanic Summit.

Rep. Martinez Fischer earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University
of Texas at San Antonio. In 1994, Rep. Martinez Fischer was selected to study as a
National Urban Fellow earning him a Master's of Public Administration from the Baruch
College of Public Affairs. In 1998, he earned a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the
University of Texas School of Law. Rep. Martinez Fischer is a practicing attorney in San
Antonio and is married to San Antonio attorney Elizabeth Provencio.




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              David Leibowitz, House of Representatives, 117th District




David defeated an incumbent backed by the state's leadership in 2004 to become State
Representative for San Antonio's District 117. In his first legislative session, he earned a
reputation as a hard worker who prepared thoroughly and picked his fights strategically.
Named Democratic Freshman of the Year by the non-partisan Austin political magazine,
Capitol Inside, David sponsored or supported legislation to preserve the voting rights of
senior citizens and oppose efforts to weaken environmental protections. David is
currently a member of House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence and the
House Committee on Border and International Affairs.

Born into a working family in Mercedes, deep in the Rio Grande Valley, David was the
eighth of 12 children. After high school, David married his sweetheart Delia and headed
off to South Bend, Indiana to attend the University of Notre Dame, where he earned a
BBA in Accounting.

In 1979, David returned to Texas to study law at St. Mary's University in San Antonio.
With his degree in hand, he opened a private practice in the Alamo City, specializing in
defending consumer rights, protecting the environment, and enforcing workplace safety.
David and Delia have three children and are active members of their community.




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                 Joe Farias, House of Representatives, 118th District




A lifelong resident of House District 118, Joe Farias has a proven record of service to his
community and his country. Joe‟s first term as a Texas State Representative was
distinguished by his fight on behalf of working families. Joe fought for bipartisan
legislation that would cap the interest rates of predatory payday loans for members of the
Armed Forces and their families. Joe introduced legislation that would reverse the harsh
cuts to the CHIP program from 2003.

During his second legislative session, Joe continued his work fighting predatory lending
by leading a coalition of fellow House members and consumer rights advocates in an
effort to regulate the payday lending industry in Texas. Joe created and chaired the Texas
Veterans Caucus - an organization of legislators (House and Senate) who are themselves
veterans, and who work together to advocate for pro-veteran legislation.

A graduate of McCollum High School, Joe volunteered for the US Army in 1968 and
served for three years, from Vietnam to Berlin, Germany. After 32 years, Joe retired from
CPS in 2003. Over the past 38 years, Joe has served his community in a variety of ways.
From coaching little league to hosting barbecue plate fundraisers for the most needy in
his community to serving on the Harlandale ISD School Board and the San Antonio
Zoning Commission.

For the last 38 years, Joe Farias has been married to his high school sweetheart, Angie,
and they have four grown sons - Gabe, Joey, Jaime and Daniel.




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             Roland Gutierrez, House of Representatives, 119th District




Elected to the Texas House of Representatives in a special election in May 2008,
Representative Gutierrez represents District 119, which encompasses part of Bexar
County.

Gutierrez was elected to the San Antonio City Council in 2005 and re-elected two years
later. He was a driving force behind the effort to establish Texas A&M University, the
city's second top-tier public university, and helped secure federal resources to fund the
San Antonio River project without increasing the tax burden on middle-class families and
small businesses.

A native of San Antonio, Gutierrez is a 1989 graduate of Central Catholic High School.
He earned his BA in political science from the University of Texas at San Antonio and
earned his law degree from St. Mary's University School of Law. He is the sole proprietor
of his own law firm and is involved in the Elder Law Clinic, which provides free legal
services to senior citizens. Representative Gutierrez, his wife Sarah, and their daughter
Izabella live in the San Jose neighborhood, where they attend Mission San Jose and are
active in a variety of community projects.




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          Ruth Jones McClendon, House of Representatives, 120th District




Ruth Jones McClendon was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1996,
representing District 120 in San Antonio. Her service during the 81st Regular Session of
the Legislature marks her seventh term in office.

McClendon has served two terms as Chair of the House Committee on Rules and
Resolutions. She also served as a member of the House Committee on Transportation
during the 81st Legislative Session. Additionally, she has held a coveted seat for four (4)
terms on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, where she served as Vice-Chair
of the Criminal Justice Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee.

During the interim between the 81st and 82nd Legislative Sessions, Representative
McClendon will serve on the Joint Criminal Justice Oversight Committee, to which she
was appointed by Speaker of the House, Joe Straus, in April, 2009.

Since her election to the Texas Legislature in 1996, Representative McClendon has also
served on the following committees: Pensions & Investments (Chair of Budget and
Oversight), the Select Committee on Property Tax Relief and Appraisal Reform, the
Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Education, Economic Development, Local &
Consent Calendars, Public Safety, Juvenile Justice and Family Issues, State Affairs, and
Public Health Committees.

She is founder of the Community Crime Prevention Network, Inc., and President and
CEO of RJMcClendon and Co. She served as a San Antonio Councilwoman and Mayor
Pro Tempore from June 1993 - August 1996. Previously, she served seventeen years as a
juvenile probation officer and administrator in Bexar County.

A native Texan, born in Houston, she earned her Master of Arts degree from Webster
University. She is married to Lt. Colonel (retired) Denver McClendon, Chairman of the
Board of Trustees of Alamo Colleges, and together they have four adult children.




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    Joe Straus III, House of Representatives, Speaker of the House, 121st District




Elected to the Texas House of Representatives in a special election in February 2005
(79th Regular Session), Joe Straus represents District 121, which includes the
communities of Alamo Heights, Olmos Park, Terrell Hills, Windcrest, and northeast San
Antonio.

He was elected as Speaker of the House, the chamber‟s presiding officer, by his peers at
the commencement of the 81st Regular Legislative Session on January 13, 2009.

During the 2007 legislative session Speaker Straus served on the Committee on
Economic Development as Vice-Chairman, the Committee on Regulated Industries, and
the Committee on Local and Consent Calendars. As a member of the Regulated
Industries Committee, Speaker Straus chaired the Subcommittee on Energy Conservation
and Efficiency and also served on the Select Committee on Electric Generation Capacity
and Environmental Effects.

A lifelong San Antonian, Speaker Straus is a principal in the insurance and executive
benefits firm of Watson, Mazur, Bennett & Straus, L.L.C. He is affiliated with National
Financial Partners, a leading financial services company in the insurance, investments,
and benefits industry.

Speaker Straus is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in Political Science. He
is an avid sportsman with a lifelong passion for Thoroughbred breeding. He is married to
Julie Brink Straus. They have two daughters, Sara and Robyn.




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             Frank J. Corte, Jr., House of Representatives, 122nd District




Representative Frank J. Corte, Jr., R-San Antonio, was first elected to serve the
Legislature in November 1992. In 1993, Representative Corte was honored by being the
first freshman legislator to be elected to the Board of Directors of the Texas Conservative
Coalition where he served as their President from 1996 to 1998.

The Texas House Republican elected Representative Corte the Caucus Chairman in
February 2007 where he serves as the leader of the 81 Republicans in the Texas House.
In his eighth term, Rep. Corte is the highest-ranking Republican in the Bexar County
delegation. In January 2003, he was appointed as Chairman of the Defense Affairs and
State-Federal Relations Committee, which he helped establish.

In 2002, he graduated from the prestigious Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
Currently, he is a Colonel and continues to serve various tours of active duty, most
recently having served a tour in Iraq for 6 1/2 months in the Anbar Province assigned as
the Detachment Commander with the 3rd Civil Affairs Group based at Camp Pendleton,
CA.

Representative Corte is a small business operator who has been involved in property
management and land development. He attended San Antonio Christian Schools and
graduated in 1977. It was at A&M that he graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science
Degree in Building Construction. Representative and Mrs. Corte have three children.




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         Michael „Mike‟ Villarreal, House of Representatives, 123rd District




State Representative Mike Villarreal is in his 6th term at the State Capitol fighting for
investments in education, protecting the air we breathe and the water we drink, promoting
policies that value hard work and aspiration, and ensuring that government is accountable
to citizens.

He is the Vice Chair of the House Committee on Pensions and Investments and also
serves on the House Committee on Local Government Ways and Means. Additionally, he
serves as Co-Chair of the Women‟s Health Caucus and belongs to the Air Quality
Caucus, Community College Caucus, and others.

He is a recognized leader on many progressive issues, but is also known as a lawmaker
who will listen to all sides, study the data, and reach his own independent decisions on
tough issues.

Villarreal was the first in his family to graduate from college. He attended San Antonio
College, went on to receive an economics degree at Texas A&M, and later earned a
Masters in Public Policy from Harvard‟s Kennedy School of Government.

Rep. Villarreal's professional background is in financial and economic research. He has
worked as a Research Fellow at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and currently
works for SAMCO Capital Markets in San Antonio, specializing in municipal finance.

Rep. Villarreal is often spotted taking a bike ride along the San Antonio River with his
wife Jeanne and two young children, Bella and Marcos.




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               Jose Menendez, House of Representatives, 124th District




In November 2000, José Menendez was elected to the Texas House of Representatives to
serve District 124. During the 77th Legislative session he was appointed to the
Committee on Financial Institutions and the Juvenile Justice and Family Issues
Committee. Rep. Menendez is currently serving his fifth term in the Texas House and is
the Vice Chairman of the powerful State Affairs Committee and the Select Committee on
Special Purpose Districts as well as a member of the Committee on Licensing and
Administrative Procedures.

José Menendez was first elected to represent City Council District 6 on May 27, 1997.
During his tenure as a City Councilman, José committed himself to improving the quality
of education in San Antonio and expanding his district‟s economic potential. José is
responsible for organizing the District‟s first-ever business and education summits. On
May 1, 1999, Mr. Menendez celebrated his re-election to a second City Council term
with an 84.5% share of the District‟s total vote. José served as Chair of the International
Relations Committee and was a member of the Small Business Strategy Committee.

A native of San Antonio, José graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1987 and
went on to receive degrees in Business Administration and Latin American Studies from
Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas. José currently serves as the
National Director for emerging real estate markets for Stewart Title Company.

Representative Menendez has been married to Cehlia Newman-Menendez since
September of 1995. In his spare time, José enjoys spending time with his three young
children, Dominic Michael and Victoria Elise and Austin Maxwell.




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               Joaquin Castro, House of Representatives, 125th District




Joaquin Castro represents District 125th in the Texas House of Representatives, which
includes the cities of San Antonio and Leon Valley.

Joaquin has worked in the Texas Legislature for four terms and currently serves as the
Vice Chairman of the Higher Education Committee and is a member of the County
Affairs Committee.

Joaquin was born in San Antonio, Texas, September 16, 1974. He was raised in San
Antonio's Westside and attended Jefferson High School before leaving his hometown to
attend Stanford University. He double majored in communication and political science
and graduated with honors in 1996. He then attended Harvard Law School where he
received his Juris Doctorate degree in 2000.

Joaquin's interest in public service developed at a young age from watching his parents'
involvement in political campaigns and civic causes. In addition to his work in the Texas
Legislature, Joaquin practices law in San Antonio. He has also taught as a visiting
professor of law at St. Mary's University and as an adjunct professor at Trinity University
in San Antonio.

He is also the twin brother of Julián Castro, former city councilman and newly elected
mayor of San Antonio.




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  SENATE NATURAL
RESOURCES COMMITTEE

    Troy Fraser – Chairman

    Craig Estes – Vice Chair

          Kevin Eltife

          Bob Deuell

        Robert Nichols

         Mike Jackson

         Glenn Hegar

         Carlos Uresti

     Juan “Chuy‟ Hinojosa

        Robert Duncan

          Kel Seliger




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                    Troy Fraser, Chair, State Senate, 24th District




Troy Fraser was elected in 1996 to serve Senate District 24, a 21-county region that is
located in the geographic center of Texas. Elected by his fellow Senators in June, Senator
Fraser is currently serving as President Pro Tempore of the Texas Senate.

Senator Fraser serves as chairman of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources.
He also serves as the co-chairman of the Electric Utility Restructuring Legislative
Oversight Committee that monitors the state's shift to a deregulated electric industry, the
Property and Casualty Legislative Oversight Committee that monitors implementation of
insurance reforms approved by the 78th Legislature, and the Telecommunications
Competitiveness Legislative Oversight Committee that monitors implementation of
competition of telecommunications services.

Senator Fraser also sits on the following standing Senate committees: State Affairs,
International Relations & Trade, Business & Commerce, and Nominations. Prior to his
election to the Texas Senate in 1996, Senator Fraser served three terms in the Texas
House of Representatives, from 1988 to 1992.

Senator Fraser is the founder and former chief development officer of Pal-Ex, Inc., an
international, publicly traded company.

Born August 10, 1949, in Abilene, Fraser was raised in the small West Texas town of
Coahoma. He attended Angelo State University and the University of Texas at Arlington.
He has been married to his wife, the former Linda Cochran, for 40 years. They have three
children and four grandchildren.




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                  Craig Estes, Vice Chair, State Senate, 30th District




Senator Estes was first elected to the State Senate in a 2001 Special Election, and then re-
elected in 2002, 2004 and 2008. Senator Estes is the Chairman of the Senate Committee
on Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Vice Chairman for the Senate Natural Resources
Committee, and serves on the Senate Committees for Business and Commerce, Veterans
Affairs and Military Installations, and International Relations and Trade.

Senator Estes has also been appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve on the Southern
States Biobased Alliance, and more recently to the Western States Water Council, and by
Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst to serve on the Agriculture and Rural Development
Committee of the Southern Legislative Conference of the Council for State Governments,
and Agriculture and Energy Committee for the National Conference for State Legislators.

Senator Estes serves on the Bioenergy Policy Council, which was created through his
legislative efforts to expand research and development of domestically produced
alternative fuels to promote economic growth, and reduce our dependence on foreign
energy.

Senator Estes was born and raised in Wichita Falls, and serves as Chairman of the Board
of Estes, Inc., a wholesale distributor of agricultural related chemicals and fertilizers.
Senator Estes and his wife Jennifer have three adult children, Abby, Andrew, Mark, and
grandson, John Holt Cunningham.




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                        Kevin Eltife, State Senate, 1st District




Kevin P. Eltife was sworn in on March 5, 2004, to represent the citizens of Senate
District 1. Previously Senator Eltife served on the Tyler City Council for three terms
before serving as Mayor of Tyler for an additional three terms.

In 1997 Eltife was appointed by Governor George Bush to serve on the Texas Higher
Education Coordinating Board. In 2007 Lt. Governor David Dewhurst appointed Senator
Eltife to serve on the Senate Business and Commerce, Finance, and Natural Resources
Committees, and to serve as Vice-Chair of the Nominations Committee. Senator Eltife
also serves on the Electric Utility Restructuring Legislative Oversight Committee. In
prior sessions, Senator Eltife served on the Senate Administration, Government
Organization, Health and Human Services, and International Relations and Trade
Committees.

Active in his community, he has volunteered his time and energy to a variety of
organizations including the East Texas Food Bank Board, Tyler Area Chamber of
Commerce and Hospice of East. A Tyler native, Senator Eltife is a graduate of the
University of Texas at Austin. He is the owner of Eltife Properties and resides in Tyler
with his wife, Kelly, and sons, Walker and Jack.




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                        Bob Deuell, State Senate, 2nd District




On January 14, 2003, Senator Robert F. "Bob" Deuell was sworn-in to the Texas State
Senate to represent the citizens of Senate District Two, which includes Delta, Hopkins,
Hunt, Rockwall, Kaufman, Fannin, Rains, and Van Zandt counties, and parts of Dallas
and Smith counties. In 2006, Sen. Deuell was overwhelmingly re-elected to a second full
term.

Currently, Senator Deuell serves on the Senate Finance Committee, the Senate
Committee on Natural Resources and the Senate Committee on Economic Development.
He also serves as Vice-Chair of both the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services
and the Senate Committee on State Affairs. In addition, Senator Deuell was unanimously
elected chairman of the Senate Republican Caucus.

Currently, Senator Deuell serves on the Senate Finance Committee, the Senate
Committee on Natural Resources and the Senate Committee on Economic Development.
He also serves as Vice-Chair of both the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services
and the Senate Committee on State Affairs. In addition, Senator Deuell was unanimously
elected chairman of the Senate Republican Caucus.

Sen. Deuell is also an accomplished musician. Before entering medical school in the late
1970s, Deuell enjoyed a career as a professional drummer and played behind such
disparate artists as Ike & Tina Turner and Bob Hope. Senator Deuell has been married to
his wife Marilyn for 39 years. They have three grown children, all of whom Sen. Deuell
is proud to say have college degrees and are receiving paychecks.




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                       Robert Nichols, State Senate, 3rd District




First elected to the Texas Senate in 2006, Robert Nichols represents 16 counties including
the greater part of East Texas and Montgomery County.

Nichols serves as vice chair of the Intergovernmental Relations Committee and sits on
the Transportation and Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, and
Nominations Committees.

During his two sessions as a state senator, Nichols authored important legislation to
protect landowners' rights, increase educational opportunities in East Texas and reform
transportation policies. He was designated as one of 10 best legislators by Texas Insider
and a champion of free enterprise by the Texas Association of Business.

Before running for Senate, Nichols served as a transportation commissioner for eight
years where he established a reputation for increasing efficiency without compromising
quality.

Nichols is a businessman from Jacksonville, Texas. In his hometown he served on city
council, was elected mayor, built four successful manufacturing facilities, earned 32 U.S.
patents, and created more than 900 jobs for East Texas families.

Working his way through college by selling fireworks and ironing clothes for other
students, Nichols earned a bachelor's degree from Lamar University in 1968. He married
his high school sweetheart, Donna, and they are the proud parents of three children:
Brittney, Joshua, and Collynn'rae. He is a member of the First United Methodist Church
in Jacksonville.




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                      Mike Jackson, State Senate, 11th District




Elected to the Texas Senate in 1998, Mike Jackson represents Senate District 11, which
includes portions of Harris, Brazoria and Galveston Counties. He chairs the Senate
Nominations Committee and is a member of the Senate State Affairs, Government
Organization and Natural Resources Committees and the Subcommittee on Agriculture,
Rural Affairs and Coastal Resources. Jackson is also a five-term veteran from House
District 129.

Senator Jackson's most recent honors include the "Texas Affordable Housing Leadership
Award;" the "Legislative Leadership Award;" the "Champion for Free Enterprise" award;
and an appointment by Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst and House Speaker Tom
Craddick to represent Texas on the Gulf Coast Marine Fisheries Commission. The
lieutenant governor has further entrusted Senator Jackson with a position on the Senate
Select Committee on Economic Development.

During his tenure in the Texas House of Representatives, Jackson served as Vice-
Chairman of the House Committee on Environmental Regulation and as a member of the
House Committees on Land and Resource Management, Energy Resources, Business and
Industry, Liquor Regulation, and Historical and Cultural Resources.

Mike is the president of Force Corporation, his family‟s La Porte-based industrial
construction and maintenance company, and is a 35-year veteran of the construction
industry. He and his wife Vickie reside in Shoreacres and have two adult children, Vic
and Michelle. They are members of La Porte United Methodist Church.




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                  Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, State Senate 20th District




Hinojosa was first elected into office in 1981, serving in the Texas House until 1990 and
again from 1997 to 2002. He was elected to the Texas Senate in 2002.

Senator Hinojosa is currently the vice-chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and he
also holds seats on the Senate's Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Criminal Justice,
Jurisprudence and Natural Resource Committees. Hinojosa is in his second term on the
Sunset Advisory Commission, a bipartisan panel that reviews the effectiveness of state
agencies. The panel decides to continue agencies or abolish unnecessary and duplicative
state entities.

Born in McAllen, Texas, in Hidalgo County, Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa is the eldest of eight
children born to Juan de Dios and Esperanza Hinojosa. He led the Mission Eagles
football team as their quarterback, and after graduating, Hinojosa volunteered to serve in
the U.S. Marine Corps.

After returning to South Texas, Hinojosa served as staff attorney for the Legal Aid
Society of Nueces County and later as an Assistant Attorney General for the Texas
Attorney General. In 1980, Hinojosa began his own private practice in McAllen, where
he continues to represent clients in both civil and criminal matters.




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                       Robert Duncan, State Senate, 28th District




Senator Robert Duncan has been a leader in the Texas Senate since 1996, when he won a
special election to represent District 28. During the past 10 years, he has written bills to
protect fairness in the legal system, ensure quality education, and enhance the economic
viability of West Texas.

Senator Duncan has earned a coveted spot on the Senate Finance Committee each
legislative session dating back to 2001. Compounding that victory for West Texas,
Senator Duncan has also had a seat on the Finance Conference Committee, which hashes
out the final appropriations bill to establish the state budget.

Senator Duncan has served in several key chairmanships during his Senate tenure. During
the past two legislative seasons, he led the Senate State Affairs Committee as chairman.
This committee addresses crucial statewide issues impacting all Texans.

Senator Duncan‟s decade in the Senate has been highlighted by honors based on his
tireless work ethic and stellar reputation. Texas Monthly has three times named him
among the state‟s 10 best legislators. The esteemed publication has also listed Senator
Duncan as a “Texas Super Lawyer” for his professional reputation in the private sector.




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                         Kel Seliger, State Senate, 31st District




Kel Seliger was first sworn in to the Texas Senate on Texas Independence Day, March 2,
2004 after a special election, and was most recently reelected on November 4, 2008 to
serve the citizens of District 31 for a second, four-year term.

Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst appointed Senator Seliger to serve on the
influential Senate Finance Committee for the 81st Legislative Session. Additionally,
Seliger continues his service as Vice-Chair of the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice
and as a member of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources. Seliger was also
elevated to Vice-Chair of the Senate Committee on International Relations and Trade.

In addition to his service on these legislative committees, he serves on The Energy
Council. Most recently, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst selected Seliger to serve as a Texas
representative to the Energy and Environment Committee of the Southern Legislative
Conference of the Council of State Governments. He has also been appointed to serve on
the High-Level Radioactive Waste Working Group and the Law and Criminal Justice
Committee, both of the National Conference of State Legislatures. Governor Perry
recently reappointed Seliger to the Crime Victims Institute Advisory Board at Sam
Houston State University.

Born in Amarillo and raised in Borger, Senator Seliger is a graduate Dartmouth College.
He is co-owner and executive vice-president of Lake Steel, Incorporated and is a licensed
commercial pilot and flight instructor.

Prior to his election to the Senate, Seliger served four terms as Mayor of Amarillo and as
a member of the Amarillo City Commission and the Amarillo Civil Service Commission.
Senator Seliger and his wife Nancy live in Amarillo. Their two sons, Jonathan and
Matthew, currently attend The University of Texas at Austin.




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   HOUSE NATURAL
RESOURCES COMMITTEE

     Allen Ritter – Chairman

    Bill Callegari – Vice Chair

          Stephen Frost

       Brandon Creighton

         Eddie Lucio III

           Doug Miller

          Tracy O. King

         John T. Smithee

        Jodie Laubenberg

     Trey Martinez-Fischer

       Frank J. Corte, Jr.




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           Allan Ritter, Chairman, House of Representatives, 21st District




Mr. Ritter was first elected into the Texas House of Representatives in 1998. He
represents District 21, which lies entirely within Jefferson County, in the Southeast
region of our state.

Representative Ritter has previously served as Vice Chair of the House Ways and Means
Committee, Chair of Pension and Investments Committee and Chair of the House
Economy Development Committee.

Currently, Representative Ritter chairs the House Natural Resource Committee and
serves on the Economy Development Committee and Calendars Committee.

Allan was honored as Freshman of the Year in a bi-partisan vote by his House colleagues
in 1999 and has since been recognized by various organizations for his achievements and
services as a lawmaker.

He is President of Triple R Brothers Ltd, his family's 60-year-old business, which
operates Ritter @ Home and Ritter Forest Products Retail Stores in Texas and Louisiana.




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         Bill Callegari, Vice Chair, House of Representatives, 132nd District




Representative Callegari has served District 132 since his election in 2000. He currently
serves as Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources, and on the
Transportation and House Administration Committees.

In addition to these assignments, he also serves as Vice Chairman of the House Research
Organization. In prior sessions Representative Callegari was Chairman of the
Government Reform Committee, and served on the Land and Resource Management,
Cultural and Recreational Resources, Calendars, Urban Affairs, and the Local and
Consent Calendars Committee. He has also served on the Study Commission on Water
for Environmental Flows.

In 1974 he founded Am-Tex Corporation, a firm which managed water utilities for
numerous area municipal and commercial entities in Texas. In addition to his
Professional Engineering License, he also holds Class A certifications in Water and
Wastewater operations. He has participated on numerous professional organizations and
committees relating to water, environmental and engineering issues, including the Texas
Society of Professional Engineers, American Waterworks Association, Water
Environment Association of Texas, Texas Water Utilities Association, and Texas Water
Conservation Association. He was co-founder and former president of the Association of
Water Board Directors, and the first chairman of the Texas Water Commission
Wastewater Certification Advisory Committee.

A Licensed Professional Engineer for more than 40 years, he holds a Bachelor's Degree
in Agricultural Engineering from Louisiana State University and a Master's Degree in
Civil Engineering from the University of Houston, and. Bill and his wife, Ann, have been
happily married for more than 47 years and reside in Katy. They have four children and
10 grandchildren.




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                 Stephen Frost, House of Representatives, 1st District




In his third term as State Representative for House District 1, Stephen J. Frost proudly
represents Bowie, Cass, Marion and Morris Counties in the Texas Legislature.

For the 81st Session, Representative Frost was named Vice Chair of the House
Committee on Public Safety by Speaker Joe Straus. In addition, the Representative was
appointed to serve on the House Committee on Natural Resources. He continues to be a
member of the Texas Rural Caucus.

During his six years as State Representative, Frost has worked on legislation dealing with
water, economic development, public education as well as other state issues.
Representative Frost has also successfully passed bills protecting homeowners from
excessive appraisals and children from drunk drivers.

Representative Frost, a graduate of Maud High School, took advantage of the local higher
education cooperative programs. Stephen attended Texarkana College and then received
his Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M -Texarkana. He earned his law degree
from the University of Arkansas - Little Rock in 1997. Representative Frost joined with
long-time Atlanta attorney Charles Thompson, forming the law firm of Thompson &
Frost.

A sixth generation Northeast Texas native, Stephen is proud to carry on his family's
commitment to public service. His mother and father are both educators. After more than
2 decades of service, his dad, George Frost, is recently retired from Maud High School.
His mother, Monica Frost, continues to teach at Maud Elementary.




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             Brandon Creighton, House of Representatives, 16th District




Brandon Creighton currently serves in the Texas House of Representatives. He was
elected to represent District 16 in 2006.

Under the new Speaker of the House, Joe Straus, Creighton received some of the best
assignments of the 81st session according to the Austin American Statesman. He was
appointed to serve on the Appropriations and Calendars Committees. During his first
term in the Legislature, Creighton was the only member to serve as the Vice Chair of
three House committees.

As Vice President and General Counsel of The Signorelli Company, Developers and
Builders, Creighton is the driving force behind the company's large acquisitions as well
as the sales and marketing divisions.

Before going into real estate, Creighton worked for both the Texas and Oklahoma
Attorney Generals and volunteered for numerous Republican campaigns. In 2001, he was
appointed to serve as Vice Chairman for the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation
District and held that position for five years.

Creighton was educated at the University of Texas, where he found his passion for public
service while working for the Texas Senate and earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in
Government. He later earned a doctor of jurisprudence from Oklahoma City University
School of Law.




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               Eddie Lucio III, House of Representatives, 38th District




Representative Eddie Lucio III was elected to the Texas House of Representatives,
District 38 in 2006, and was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2008.

As a member of the Natural Resources Committee, Rep. Lucio supported legislation that
aims to ensure the future of our state's water supply, while making sure our land and
water sources are used and developed responsibly. Serving on the State Affairs
Committee, he had the opportunity to fight hard for a more effective administration of
our state government and sought sensible consumer protections from our state's energy
and telecommunications industries. As Vice Chairman of the influential Calendars
Committee, he was able to push through important legislation that will bring about a
positive impact throughout the state.

Representative Eddie Lucio III was born and raised in the city of Brownsville, Texas. He
attended Texas Tech University on an athletic scholarship. He later received a B.B.A.
from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2005, he received his Doctorate of
Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law.

Rep. Lucio, an attorney in South Texas, is the son of State Senator & Mrs. Eddie Lucio,
Jr. He and his wife, Jaime Barrera Lucio, welcomed their first child, Olivia Rose Lucio,
in August of 2009.




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                Doug Miller, House of Representatives, 73rd District




Doug Miller is serving his first term as State Representative from District 73. He is a
member of the House Committees on Appropriations (Appointee: Sub Committee on
Business and Economic Development), Natural Resources and House Administration. He
is also a Co Chair of the Air Quality Caucus, member of the Rural Caucus, Tourism
Caucus, Sportsmen‟s Caucus and Manufacturer's Caucus.

Previously, Doug served as Mayor of New Braunfels, as member of Region L State
Water Planning Group, and most recently as Chairman of the Edwards Aquifer Authority.

Doug is President of Miller & Miller Insurance Agency with offices in New Braunfels,
Seguin, Universal City & Uvalde. Doug has been in the insurance business since 1978
and president of his agency for 25 years. Doug is a graduate of Texas State University.
He holds the professional designations of C.I.C. - Certified Insurance Counselor and
C.P.I.A. - Certified Professional Insurance Agent. Doug is also a licensed Real Estate
Broker and is on the Board of Directors of First State Bank, New Braunfels.

He is married to the former Anne Mund. They have been married for 32 years and have
two children, Douglas II and Amanda.




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               Tracy O. King, House of Representatives, 80th District




Tracy O. King was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in November 1994. He
is currently serving his seventh term and serves as a member of the Natural Resources
Committee and Cultural, Recreational and Tourism Committee. Representative King also
serves on the Edwards Aquifer Legislative Oversight Committee, the Budgets and
Revenue Committee of the National Conference of State Legislators, the Border
Legislative Conference and the Energy Council.

After graduating from Carrizo Springs High School he attended Southwest Texas Junior
College, Sul Ross State University and Texas A&M University, where he earned a
Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering.

In 1983 Representative King took a job with the Beltone Hearing Aid Center in San
Antonio and soon after moved to Uvalde to open a branch office there. In 1987 he
purchased the Beltone Hearing Aid Center, which currently provides hearing healthcare
to 16 Southwest Texas counties.

Representative King is married to the former Cheryl Baker of Hondo and they are the
proud parents of two children, Katelyn Marie and Clayton Baker.




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              John T. Smithee, House of Representatives, 86th District




John T. Smithee was first elected to the Texas House in 1984, when he was thirty-three.
Smithee is chairman of the House Insurance Committee and serves on the Natural
Resources Committee.

He received a bachelor of business administration degree from West Texas A&M
University (then West Texas State University) in Canyon, the seat of Randall County,
and his Juris Doctor from Texas Tech University in Lubbock. He is married to Becky
Lynn Smithee.




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              Jodie Laubenberg, House of Representative, 89th District




Republican State Representative Jodie Laubenberg is serving her fourth term in the Texas
Legislature. She represents the Northern and Eastern areas of Collin County, and all of
Rockwall County.

As a member of the House Public Health, Natural Resources and Local & Consent
Calendars Committees, Jodie stands firm for conservative principles and the unique needs
of the growing communities across her district.

Rep. Laubenberg has stood throughout her time in office as a free market conservative.
She bases her policy decisions on the belief that communities and private entities, rather
than government, hold the key to the Texas' prosperity.

A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, Jodie lives in Parker, where she
previously served as a member of the city council. She and her husband Bob have two
children: David, a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, and Liz, a college
senior at Mississippi College.




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     Interim Charges Intergovernmental Relations Staff are Tracking

                                 House Interim Charges

House Committee on Culture, Recreation, and Tourism
Explore ways to promote and improve economic development through heritage, cultural,
recreational, and historical programs. Consider the long-term economic impact of state parks in
promoting tourism and recreation.

Monitor the long-term plans to improve state parks. Consider the feasibility of acquiring
additional park land.

House Committee on Environmental Regulation
Survey existing recycling programs and suggest needed improvements.

Study the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's use of supplemental environmental
projects in its enforcement process.

House Committee on Land and Resource Management
Examine unresolved issues relating to eminent domain legislation introduced during the 81st
Legislative Session. Monitor any pending litigation.

House Committee on Natural Resources
Evaluate groundwater regulations and permitting processes throughout the state, including the
role of state agencies in groundwater management, the development of desired future
conditions, and the adoption of groundwater management plans in relation to regional and
state water planning.

Monitor the effects of current and proposed federal initiatives that could impact the
implementation of the State Water Plan. Evaluate the policies and investments developed by
other states dealing with water issues similar to the State of Texas.

Monitor ongoing drought conditions and initiatives to promote water conservation through the
review of the following: state requirements for the submittal of water conservation plans and
annual reporting; the "trigger" for use of drought contingency plans; recommendations by state
agencies and the Water Conservation Advisory Council; and progress toward the development
of recycled water resources and desalination projects.

Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.

House Committee on Ways and Means
Study methods for improving the quality and uniformity of, and communications to taxpayers
about, property tax appraisals.

Monitor the implementation of property tax appraisal and alternative valuation appeal reforms
enacted by the 81st Legislature.
House Select Committee on Special Purpose Districts
The committee will review and make recommendations for improving public accountability
and transparency in the governance and operation of special purpose districts with particular
focus on water-related districts. In addition, the committee will study the effect multiple and
overlapping special purpose districts have on taxpayers.

Special purpose districts are independent governmental units that exist at the local level
separately from cities and counties. Examples of special purpose districts include hospital
districts, crime control districts, emergency services districts, health service districts and water
and waste water districts.

                                   Senate Interim Charges

Senate Committee on Finance
Identify and evaluate potential improvements to the property tax system. Consider and make
recommendations relating to the following:
        Methods to increase public participation in the tax rate-setting process and ensure
        fairness in appraisal protests and appeals;
        Requirement that property appraisal values may not increase by more than inflation
        and/or population growth, or another amount to be determined by local taxing
        authorities, with a maximum cap of 10 percent;

Senate Subcommittee on Flooding & Evacuations (Subcommittee of Senate
Intergovernmental Relations)
Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Subcommittee on Flooding
& Evacuations, 81st Legislature, Regular and Called Sessions, and make recommendations for
any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation.

International Relations and Trade
Review the effectiveness of the Coordination of Colonia Initiatives and related measures
addressed by the Committee and develop recommendations to better address substandard
communities across the state where no potable water or sewage services are provided. Review
state and local laws and policies relating to development and growth in unincorporated regions
of the state and develop recommendations aimed at providing local units of government the
necessary local control tools to curtail the spread of colonia-like developments in their
jurisdictions.

Natural Resources
Analyze and compare the differences in cost between immediate implementation of the State
Water Plan compared to staged development over time. When calculating the costs attributable
to staged implementation, consider rising material costs, meeting the needs of a growing
population with temporary solutions, and the costs related to potential failure of existing, aging
infrastructure. Review the development of State Water Plan infrastructure projects that have
been funded during the FY 08-09 and FY 10-1 1 biennia. Consider short-term and long-term
dedicated sources of funding.
Review the joint planning process for management of groundwater resources and monitor the
progress of groundwater conservation districts' efforts to establish, before the statutory
deadline, desired future conditions for aquifers. Identify any additional resources or statutory
changes necessary to promote sound groundwater management, including promotion of
desalination of brackish groundwater, elimination of any exemptions, and coordination
between groundwater conservation districts and activities regulated by the Texas Commission
on Environmental Quality, the Railroad Commission of Texas, and the state and regional water
planning processes administered by the Texas Water Development Board.

Study the need for the state to regulate the drilling of new wells within proscribed depths and
distances of Texas rivers, in order to prevent the draining of surface water from alluvial plains
of river basins. Make recommendations for any needed legislation.

Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Natural
Resources, 81st Legislature, Regular and Called Sessions, and make recommendations for any
legislation needed to improve, enhance, and / or complete implementation.

State Affairs
Study the Public Information Act and the Open Meetings Act to ensure that government
continues to operate in a way that is open and transparent. The study should consider how
advances in technology and the emergence of various forms of social media (e.g. Facebook,
MySpace, Twitter) have affected communications by and within governmental bodies.
Executive Committee                                                      Individual Items   9.
Date: 08/11/2010
SARA Strategic Plan
 
Submitted By: Karen Bishop, Executive           Division:         Executive Offices
               Offices
Submitted For: Suzanne B. Scott                 Department:

                                          Information
CAPTION
PRESENTATION, DISCUSSION, AND APPROPRIATE ACTION REGARDING
REVIEW OF THE SAN ANTONIO RIVER AUTHORITY'S STRATEGIC VISION
AND MISSION STATEMENT
Presenter
Suzanne B. Scott and Stephen T. Graham, P.E.
Estimated Presentation Time: 60 minutes

The River Authority’s executive and management staff have developed a 12 month strategic
plan that identifies key initiatives and action objectives that it plans to accomplish in FY
2010-11. The plan builds on our corporate philosophy of  Good-to-Great and our commitment
to having and measuring tangible results. The attached plan will be SARA’s detailed road map
and barometer on how we are progressing and “making a difference” within our district,
through the projects and efforts in our departments and programs. The 12 month strategic plan
is not intended to be an exhaustive list of every project and initiative being worked on by
SARA, instead it is a sampling of key efforts that we hope are indicative of how effective the
River Authority has been in advancing its mission that year. A detailed briefing will we given
on the 12 month strategic plan for FY11, including a format that aligns and leads by building
upon our values, clarifying the vision, and creating clear actions and accountability.

SARA staff was also asked to review the River Authority’s current mission statement and
recommend possible revisions. The current mission statement is:  " The San Antonio River
Authority is entrusted to protect and to preserve our shared water resources and together
with our partners, pursue innovative solutions that will serve generations to come.”  In
developing the 12 month strategic plan it became clear that a more concise statement in
alignment with our corporate core values and purpose was in order.  The following mission
statement (also known as “purpose” in this planning format) is proposes for discussion:
“ Sustain and Enrich Life through Defense of the San Antonio River Watershed.”
Recommendation
Motion to be crafted, if necessary, after Committee discussion.
 
Discussion
  
Vote
   

                            Attachments
Link: SARA Strategic Plan
                                            San Antonio River Authority
                                    Strategic Plan (July 2010 – July 2013)*
                                “Leading with Vision, Values … Accountability”




Verne Harnish, Mastering the Rockefeller Habits (2002)
                                                                              ❶
                                                                        Vision
                                                        Leaders in Watershed Solutions
                 ❷                                       ❸                                       ❹                                     ❺
        Core Values                          Purpose/Mission                       Strategic Targets                    Operational Goals
                                                                                             (3 YRS)                                (1 YR)

Stewardship                                   Purpose/Mission                          Key Financials                        Key Financials
We are passionately committed to          Sustain and Enrich Life through         (Projected, Rounding w/Exclusions)    (Projected, Rounding w/Exclusions)
the preservation, protection, and        Defense of the San Antonio River         Fiscal Year Ending          2013      Fiscal Year Ending          2011
sustainability of the San Antonio                   Watershed                     Operating Reserves           ------   Operating Reserves          ------
River Watershed.                                                                  Program Funds Pool           ------   Program Funds Pool          ------
                                                                                  Grants                       ------   Grants                      ------
We are committed to making the                      Markets                       Reimbursements               ------   Reimbursements              ------
river safe, healthy, and enjoyable.      We serve Regional Markets with           Investments                  ------   Investments                 ------
                                                 Global Impact
We, working with our partners,
strive to pioneer innovative                                                             Key Thrusts                         Key Initiatives
solutions that sustain and enrich            What Sets Us Apart                     Generate lasting and                  1. Actively engage in
the lives of the people in the               Innovative, sustainable,               recognized improvements to             networks that drive decisions
Communities we serve.                         collaborative, and customized          the health of the San Antonio          affecting the environment
                                              Watershed Solutions                    River Watershed (Champions –           (Champions - Suzanne and
We are quick to respond, open to
new ways of doing things, and                Experts in improving systemic          Suzanne, Steve R., and Mike)           Steven S.)
dedicated to delivering valued                Ecological Health                     Enhance community                     2. Develop tangible project
public service.                              Responsive, timely, and                appreciation for and access to         opportunities or improved
                                              passionate public service              the San Antonio River and its          processes (Champion - Steve
We are not complacent, do not                                                        tributaries. (Champion - John)         R. and Mark S. )
alter from our values, nor lose sight                                               Strengthen and develop                3. Expand public and private
of our purpose and vision.                                                           expertise at all levels                partnerships (Champion –
                                                                                     (Champions – Janet and Steve)          John C. and Jim D.)
Integrity                                                                           Diversify and leverage funding        4. Increase operational
We are accountable to the Board of                                                   sources (Champion - Larry)             efficiencies, grants, revenue
Directors, Citizens and Stakeholders                                                                                        generating contracts, and
of the communities we serve, and                                                                                            investments (Champion –
to our Partners and entrusted to                                                    Key Performance                         Larry and Sharon)
efficiently use limited public                                                                                             5. Expand community access
resources.                                                                           Indicators (KPI)                       to the rivers and creeks.
                                                                                    Financial Leverage Index               (Champion – John C. and
We are honest and reliable in our                                                    (Champion - Larry)
dealings with others.                                                                                                       Dale)
                                                                                    River Health Index (Champions         6. Promote awareness and
We base our decisions on prudent                                                     – Mike, Steve R. and Steve G.)         understanding of the
financial management and sound                                                                                              watershed (Champion – Mike
scientific/engineering principles                                                                                           and Steven S.)
and practices.                                                                    Strategic Opportunity                    7. Grow employee expertise
We do not misrepresent facts;                                                         Development                           and build individual
distort research, our capabilities, or                                              Secure a storm water role-             dedication to the vision and
expertise.                                                                           MS4 permit (Steve G.)                  values. (Champion – Steve G.
                                                                                                                            and Janet)
                                                                                    Influence E-flow
Excellence                                                                           recommendations (Steve R.             8. Identify and mitigate
                                                                                     and Suzanne)                           threats to the watershed
We are committed to collaborative,
                                                                                                                            (Champion – Mike and
adaptive, and strategic actions that                                                Explore and promote
                                                                                                                            Russell)
address watershed issues and                                                         sustainable development
priorities.                                                                          (Steve G and Karen B.)
                                                                                    Advance Joint Base SA              
We expect the best from ourselves,
                                                                                     partnerships (John C. and
learn from our experiences, and
                                                                                     Russell)
continuously strive to advance our
                                                                                    Obtain funding commitments
capabilities.
                                                                                     to WS Creeks Restoration
We do not make excuses or avoid                                                      Project (Suzanne and Rudy)
responsibility for our actions.                                                     Execute LMOR partnership
                                                                                     (Russell)
                                                                    ❽
                                               Actions & Accountabilities
                                                               (Quarterly)

                             Key Actions & Accountabilities                               Financial
                     ( associated numerically with corresponding key initiatives)       Accountability
                                                                                        ( Establish Targets)
                                                                                       Operating Reserves
Identify and reduce bacterial sources (ESD) 6 & 8                                      Program Funds Pool
Open the Saspamco Paddling Trail to the Public (Parks) 5 & 6                           Grants
Strengthen the technology infrastructure (IT) 4                                        Reimbursements
Increase the value and impact of community and public information                      Investments
activities (IGCR) 1, 2, 3, 4, & 6                                                      Tax Revenues Leveraged
Implement a natural channel design program (Engineering) 2, 7, & 8                     Fee-supported service as a %
Complete negotiation on a Mitigation Banking Instrument (Real Estate)                   return.
2, 4 & 7
Create improved processes to ensure accuracy of customer inventory
and revenues collected (Utilities Department) 4
Reduce inflow/infiltration into the wastewater collection system
(Utilities Program- Gomez) 2 & 4
Collect and report dam stage and rainfall data on 10 dams (WSOPs)
7&8
Establish site specific standards for river operations and maintenance
(WSOPs) 4 & 7
Rollout selected IFAS modules (Finance) 4
Increase availability and timeliness of financial reporting (Finance) 4
Enhance performance management, compensation, and
training/development programs (HR) 7
Enhance usability of project management system (PM) 4 & 7
Increase direct assistance to communities (WRCD) 1, 3, 6, & 8
Deliver tangible CoE innovations (Bishop, Doersam, Cole) 2, 3, 7, & 8
Improve and protect the stream ecosystem (Reeves) 6 & 8
Ensure appreciation of and commitment to a sustainable nature-based
park system (Bransford) 5 & 6
Engage smaller water supply entities to create water management
plans (Bryant) 1 & 8
Demonstrate full compliance dam safety standards (Cimen) 6 & 8
Implement a pilot flood warning and alert system (Thomas) 2, 6, & 8
Deliver capital projects on time and on budget (Sorenson) 4
Generate capital projects and programs that align with SARA’s mission
and goals (Sorenson) 1, 2, & 3
Develop and implement process of identifying new community and
educational outreach opportunities (Schauer) 2, 3, & 6
Identify people and organizations that can advance SARA’s strategic
interests (Schauer) 1, 2, 3 & 6
Develop the WIT program and integrate the holistic watershed
management approach into SARA projects/programs to improve
watershed integrity (Persyn) 6, 7, & 8
Develop and apply GIS and watershed modeling tools to resolve threats
and impairments in the watershed (WSM) 8



                                                                    ❿
                                                              BHAG(s)
 Make the San Antonio River Watershed as valued as a regional resource as the Edwards Aquifer (2020)
                    Be nationally recognized for our Watershed solutions. (2020)
Executive Committee                                                  Individual Items        10.
Date: 08/11/2010
Rules of Order: Parliamentary Procedure
 
Submitted By: Karen Bishop, Executive           Division:      Executive Offices
               Offices
Submitted For: David Ross, Attorney             Department:

                                          Information
CAPTION
PRESENTATION, DISCUSSION AND APPROPRIATE ACTION REGARDING
DRAFT RULES OF ORDER DOCUMENTING THE PARLIAMENTARY
PROCEDURES OF THE SAN ANTONIO RIVER AUTHORITY BOARD OF
DIRECTORS
Presenter
David W. Ross
Estimated Presentation Time: 25 minutes

Although the San Antonio River Authority Board of Directors historically has followed a
consistent parliamentary procedure, that procedure has not been captured in a written
document. Many of the Board’s procedures are consistent with Robert’s Rules of Order   . 
However, some Robert’s     tenets would not be compatible with the needs of a small board
such as the River Authority’s. 

Thus, at the previous Executive Committee meeting, rather than adopt Robert's Rules of
Order ,  the Committee directed staff to work with legal counsel on draft Rules documenting
the Board's procedures. 

Attached for the Committee's review and discussion is the draft Rules of Order document.  At
counsel's recommendation, the content does not include parliamentary procedure
already addressed in the River Authority's originating Act and its Bylaws
Recommendation
Motion of Executive Committee support for presenting the draft Rules of Order, as attached
or revised to incorporate direction of the Executive Committee, to the San Antonio River
Authority Board of Directors for approval.
Discussion
 
Vote

                                          Attachments
Link: Draft Rules of Order
                  San Antonio River Authority Board of Directors
                               RULES OF ORDER

Introduction

Robert’s Rules of Order recognizes the need to modify its standard parliamentary
procedural rules for small boards. According to Robert’s, a small board will generally
not have more than 12 members. The San Antonio River Authority Board qualifies
as a small board under Robert’s Rules of Order. For a small board, most
parliamentary rules apply, but certain modifications permitting greater flexibility
and informality are commonly allowed.

The meetings of the River Authority Board and Committees are governed by the
River Authority enabling act and by-laws, general law and by these Rules of Order,
which do not incorporate parliamentary procedure addressed in the act, by-laws, or
general law.

Ceremonial

The Pledge of Allegiance is recited at the beginning of each meeting.

River Authority, Board member, staff, and other acknowledgements are generally
made at Board meetings prior to the regular order of business.

Meeting Procedures

Visitors to each meeting are asked to sign in and are recognized during each
meeting.

Citizens who wish to address the Board or Committee are asked to sign in. Their
comments are limited to three minutes. As required by the Open Meetings Act, the
Board or Committee does not discuss the topics raised by the citizen unless that
topic is on the agenda for the meeting.

The River Authority staff prepares the meeting agendas and the public notices for
the meetings.

The River Authority staff presents each agenda item and recommends action as
appropriate for the agenda items.

Officer reports are not a standing agenda item for the Board or Committee meetings.

Committee reports and Director conference attendance reports are a standard
component of the Board meetings and are not discussed or deliberated by the
Board.
The minutes of the previous meeting are not read. Board meeting minutes are
considered under the consent segment of the agenda. Committee minutes are
considered as a general course of business.

River Authority staff prepare action minutes that reflect only the Board’s action and
not staff’s presentation or Board members’ discussion. Board members who wish
for their comments to be represented in the minutes direct staff by stating that their
comments are on the record.

The minutes will reflect the attendance and time of arrival of Board or Committee
members who arrive after the Roll Call has been taken.

The Chair has discretion to take agenda items out of order and to pull items at the
recommendation of staff.

Those persons addressing the Board or Committee will stand at the podium.

Board and Committee agendas include a caption under which items for future
consideration may identified.

The General Manager may place a report item on Board and Committee agendas to
inform the Board of its upcoming events calendar, future Board or Committee
meetings, and meetings involving the attendance of one or more Board members.

Directors may attend Committee meetings regardless of whether they are a member
of the Committee. In the event the attendance of a Director at a Committee meeting
will result in a quorum of the Board being present at that Committee meeting, the
Directors who are not members of that Committee may not participate in the
Committee deliberations unless the Committee meeting is convened as a meeting of
the Board.

The Board and Committees generally do not meet in July.

The Board may meet in Wilson, Karnes or Goliad counties during the fall of each
year. The location will rotate between the three downstream counties.

Rules of debate

The Chair may participate in debate

The Chair may make a motion or second a motion

There is no limit on debate, unless a motion for the previous question is made,
seconded and approved by a majority vote of those Directors present at the meeting.




                                                                                      2
There is no requirement that a Director address comments to the Chair; a Director
may address comments to other Directors.

The General Manager may participate in debate.

Staff may respond to questions during the course of debate.

Staff may provide information during the course of debate.




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Executive Committee                                                 Executive Only   11.
Date: 08/11/2010
Executive Session: Whooping Crane Lawsuit
 
Submitted By: Steve Raabe, Technical            Division:     Technical Services
              Services
                                                Department:

                                          Information
CAPTION
EXECUTIVE SESSION PURSUANT TO TEXAS GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION
551.071 FOR CONSULTATION WITH ATTORNEY REGARDING THE ARANSAS
PROJECT V. SHAW, ET. AL., CASE NO. 10-40633 IN THE UNITED STATES COURT
OF APPEALS FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT
Presenter
Steve Raabe; Ed McCarthy of Jackson, Sjoberg, McCarthy and Wilson
Estimated Presentation Time: 20 minutes

Discussion
   
Executive Committee                                                   Individual Items    12.
Date: 08/11/2010
Whooping Crane Lawsuit
 
Submitted By: Steve Raabe, Technical            Division:         Technical Services
              Services
                                                Department:

                                          Information
CAPTION
PRESENTATION, DISCUSSION AND APPROPRIATE ACTION REGARDING THE
ARANSAS PROJECT V. SHAW, ET. AL., CASE NO. 10-40633 IN THE UNITED
STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT
Presenter
Steve Raabe; Ed McCarthy of Jackson, Sjoberg, McCarthy and Wilson
Estimated Presentation Time: 10 minutes

A citizen group named The Aransas Project filed suit against the Texas Commission on
Environmental Quality on March 11, 2010, for violations of Section 9 of the federal
Endangered Species Act regarding alleged takes of whooping cranes at the Aransas National
Wildlife Refuge. "Take" is broadly defined in the Endangered Species Act to include
harassing, harming, pursuing, wounding or killing of a species covered under the Act. The
briefing will focus on the status of the case and what potential impact the suit would have
regarding the San Antonio River Authority's activities.
Recommendation
Motion to be crafted, if necessary, after Committee discussion.
Discussion
   
Vote
 
Executive Committee                                                   Individual Items   13.
Date: 08/11/2010
Parks Workshop Agenda Review
 
Submitted By: Karen Bishop, Executive           Division:         Executive Offices
               Offices
Submitted For: Suzanne B. Scott                 Department:

                                          Information
CAPTION
DISCUSSION AND APPROPRIATE ACTION REGARDING THE PROPOSED
OUTLINE FOR THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS WORKSHOP TO DISCUSS THE
ROLE OF THE NATURE-BASED PARK PROGRAM IN THE ACCOMPLISHMENT
OF THE SAN ANTONIO RIVER AUTHORITY'S MISSION
Presenter
Dale Bransford
Estimated Presentation Time: 20 minutes

During the meeting, staff will present the attached Draft Nature-based Park Program
Workshop Agenda to the Committee for discussion.
Recommendation
Motion to be crafted, if necessary, after Committee discussion.
Discussion
   
Vote
  

                                      Attachments
Link: Proposed Nature-based Park Program Workshop Agenda
                                        DRAFT

                         WORKSHOP OUTLINE
               ROLE OF THE NATURE-BASED PARK PROGRAM
                            August 11, 2010


I.   Organizational Importance
     A. Strategic Planning and Budget
            1. Primary Service
            2. SARA Goals 2 and 3
            3. Key Initiatives
            4. Highlighted Program FY 10/11
     B. Indicators of Service Demand
            1. Regional Park Coordinating Council (2003 to present)
            2. River Basin Plan for Nature-Based Park Resources (2006)
            3. Thompson Marketing Research Project (2008)
            4. TPWD Inland Paddling Trail Program Growth
            5. Texas Monthly Article
            6. Museum and Mission Reach Projects
            7. Public Support of COSA Linear Creeks Program
     C. Community Benefits – economic development, education, public resource stewardship,
            mental and physical wellness.
            1. Texas Comptroller Report
            2. Texas Tech University Study
            3. Trust for Public Land Report
II. Financial Aspects
    A. Where we were FY 09/10 and prior
            1. Lake Parks Visitation Trends
            2. Inclusion of Nature-Based Parks
    B. Where we are now FY 10/11
            1. SARA
            2. Similar Park Providers
               a. Other River Authorities
               b. Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
    C. Where we want to be in the future
            1. Options for Park Operations Funding
               a. General Fund
               b. Fees and Charges
               c. Volunteer Services Offset
            2. Options for Capital Improvements Funding
               a. In-kind Services
               b. Park Resources Development Fund
               c. Reserve Fund
               d. Grants
               e. San Antonio River Foundation
III. Staff Requests
     A. Re-affirmation of Nature-Based Park Program Role in SARA Mission
     B. Recommend Setting Targets for Operations and Development Budgeting
                1. O&M – 1, 3, 5 year targets
                2. CIP – 1, 3, 5 year targets
Executive Committee                                            Individual Items       14. -    16.
Date: 08/11/2010
GM’s Report / Items for Future Consideration / Next Meeting Date

Submitted By:         Lupe Sanchez, Executive      Division:     Executive Offices
                      Offices
Submitted For:        Suzanne B. Scott             Department:


                                                                                              14.
                           Information
CAPTION
GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT CONCERNING THE FOLLOWING:

    •   UPCOMING EVENTS CALENDAR,
    •   FUTURE BOARD AND/OR COMMITTEE MEETINGS, AND
    •   MEETINGS INVOLVING THE ATTENDANCE OF ONE OR MORE BOARD
        MEMBERS

Presenter
Suzanne B. Scott
Estimated Presentation Time: 10 minutes

Discussion

                                                                                              15.
                                            Information
CAPTION
ITEMS FOR FUTURE CONSIDERATION

Presenter
Suzanne B. Scott
Estimated Presentation Time: 5 minutes

Discussion

                                                                                              16.
                                            Information
CAPTION
NEXT MEETING DATE

Presenter
Mr. Oehlke, Committee Chairman
Estimated Presentation Time: 5 minutes

The next Executive Committee meeting will be determined after Committee discussion.

Discussion
Executive Committee                                                         17.
Date: 08/11/2010
Adjourn
 
Submitted By: Linda Whitaker, Technical   Division:     Executive Offices
               Services
Submitted For: Suzanne B. Scott           Department:

                                   Information
CAPTION
ADJOURN
Presenter
Mr. Oehlke, Committee Chair
  

								
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