Regional Water Quality Protection Plan Completed

Dear FA Friends, Neighbors and Members, Following is an email from Terry Tull to the community relating to the presentation of the results of the Regional Water Quality Protection Plan to the Texas Water Development Board. Terry, who is a retired Navy Captain and Naval Architect with degrees in Architecture and Planning, was fortuitously available to shepherd this process through to today, and for this we should all be grateful. We cannot thank him enough. Please read on.

From: Regional Water Quality Planning Office <regionalplan@zeecon.com> To: regionalplan@zeecon.com Sent: Thu, 23 Jun 2005 17:14:15 -0500 Subject: Regional Water Quality Protection Plan Completed

Greetings Regional Water Quality Stakeholders, This update is to let you know that the Regional Water Quality Protection Plan for the Barton Springs Segment of the Edwards Aquifer and Its Contributing Zone has been completed and may be found on the Project website, www.waterqualityplan.org, after today. Thanks to a great deal of work by the Stakeholder Committee and our consultant, Naismith Engineering, the Final Water Quality Protection Plan was completed this month and delivered to the Executive and Core Committees.

On June 13, the Core Committee endorsed the Final Plan as follows: “The Core Committee of the Regional Water Quality Planning Project for the Barton Springs Segment of the Edwards Aquifer and its Contributing Zone endorses the final draft of the Regional Water Quality Protection Plan, including the amendments dated June 3, 2005, as a framework for adoption of water quality standards by the local governments represented on the Core Committee, recognizing that each has a unique role to play in achieving the regional solution and that it will take more time and a continuing strenuous effort by government and the public to reach the level of water quality protection described in the Plan.”

On June 22, the Final Plan was delivered to the Texas Water Development Board. We are now making arrangements to print and distribute copies of the Final Plan to the members of the Executive, Core and Stakeholder Committees who worked so hard to create the Plan, and to the local jurisdictions they represent. We are also making arrangements so that individuals may purchase copies of the Plan from local printing outlets. We will be sending out further details about these arrangements over the next few days. My role in the Regional Planning Process is drawing to a close. My appointment as the Executive Director ends officially today. However, I have volunteered to help the City of Dripping Springs, which has served as the Project Administrator, to attend to remaining administrative and financial details over the next few weeks. Therefore, you may continue to receive a few more emails from me. While the planning process is drawing to a close, the implementation process is just beginning. All of us, as stakeholders, have a role to play in the implementation process.

It has been my privilege to serve you over the past year while this important planning work was done.

Thank you for your support and interest in planning for the protection of our vital regional water assets.

Sincerely, Terry Tull Executive Director Office: 512.858.2148 Mobile: 512.663.2093 FAX: 512.858.5646

US Mail: Regional Water Quality Planning Project c/o City of Dripping Springs PO Box 384 Dripping Springs, TX 78620 Website: www.waterqualityplan.org