To manage, conserve, and protect the natural resources of the Lavaca Basin in a responsible manner that provides opportunities for growth and benefits the public.
The official name of the regional water planning area designated as Region P by the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) in accordance with 31 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 357 on February 19, 1998 is the Lavaca Regional Water Planning Group (LRWPG). The LRWPG was established by appointment of an initial coordinating body by the TWDB. The purpose of the LRWPG is to provide comprehensive regional water planning and to carry out the related responsibilities placed on regional water planning groups by state law, including Texas Water Code Chapter 16 and TWDB rules, including 31 TAC Chapters 355, 357, and 358, in and for the LRWPG. Foremost among those responsibilities is the development of a regional water plan for the LRWPG that identifies both short and long-term water supply needs and recommends water management strategies for addressing them.
The Lavaca Regional Water Planning Area is composed of Jackson and Lavaca counties and Precinct 3 of Wharton County, including the entire City of El Campo. Other cities in the region include Edna, Yoakum, Hallettsville, and Shiner. Most of the region lies in the Lavaca River Basin, with the Lavaca River being its primary source of surface water. Groundwater from the Gulf Coast Aquifer supplies most of the water for the planning area. The largest economic sector in the region is agribusiness, while manufacturing, oil and gas production, and mineral production also contribute to the region’s economy.
For more information about Regional Water Planning, please visit the Texas Water Development Board website at http://www.twdb.state.tx.us/waterplanning/rwp/. To contact the Texas Water Development Board Project Manager for Region P, please contact Ron Ellis at (512) 463-4146 or e-mail Ron.Ellis@twdb.texas.gov.