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Top TWDB accomplishments in 2023 Posted on January 9, 2024

The TWDB approved the first-ever regional flood plans in July 2023


As we begin a new year, we’re looking back at some of the Texas Water Development Board’s (TWDB’s) top accomplishments in 2023. With a growing focus on water and additional funding from the legislature through the new Texas Water Fund, the agency anticipates another busy year ahead!

1. Launched the Beta version of the Texas Water Data Hub

In February, the Beta version of the Texas Water Data Hub was released to the public. The Hub is designed to be an intuitive system for water data producers and users to index, document, search, and access water data that spans entities, geographies, and disciplines. The TWDB anticipates releasing the full version of the Hub in 2024. 

2. Approved the first-ever regional flood plans

The TWDB approved the first-ever regional flood plans in July, marking a historic milestone in the state’s efforts to reduce the risk and impact of flooding. The 15 regional flood plans recommended more than 200 flood mitigation projects with an estimated cost of approximately $38 billion. These plans will lay the foundation for Texas' first state flood plan, which is due to the legislature in September 2024.

To view each regional flood plan, visit the TWDB website

3. Renamed the Texas Natural Resources Information System to the Texas Geographic Information Office

Following the passage of House Bill 2489 during the 88th Texas Legislative Session, the Texas Natural Resources Information System (TNRIS), a division of the TWDB, is now the Texas Geographic Information Office (TxGIO). TxGIO serves as the state’s clearinghouse and referral center for statewide geographic data, including digital orthoimagery, digital elevation data, historical aerial photography, as well as data for Texas land parcels, address points, and emergency management. The new name better conveys the office’s expertise and will bring greater awareness to the services and data it provides.

4. Committed $86 million in funding from the Economically Distressed Areas Program for eight projects

The Economically Distressed Areas Program (EDAP) provides financial assistance for infrastructure projects in economically disadvantaged areas to address inadequate residential water or wastewater service. For the first time since 2018, the TWDB committed EDAP funding totaling $86 million for eight projects across the state. To date, the TWDB has committed more than $900 million in grants and loans through the program.  

5. Committed over $1.5 billion in funding from the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas

The State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT)* program was established by the Texas Legislature and voters in 2013 to fund projects in the state water plan. In 2023, the TWDB committed more than $1.5 billion in SWIFT funding for projects statewide, including water treatment plant expansions, a reclaimed water project, a water pipeline project, and more.

6. TexMesonet network expanded to 100 TWDB stations and more than 3,000 partner stations

The data provided by the TWDB’s TexMesonet supports improved weather models and forecasts and contributes to improved public safety, agricultural productivity, and scientific research. Additional stations strengthen the network and improve data coverage and access across the state. To learn more about the TWDB’s 100th TexMesonet station, which was installed in San Antonio in August, watch the video on the Texas Water Newsroom.

 

*The SWIFT program includes two funds, the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) and the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas (SWIRFT). Revenue bonds for the program are issued through SWIRFT.

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