TWCA has a robust committee framework. Much of the association's legislative and policy work happens through these committees. Many committees are open to the full membership, but some require presidential appointment.
Committees (Open to All Members):
Federal Affairs - Chair: Tom Ray
Works to track and understand federal actions and legislation that may impact Texas water resource management, as well as build relationships with the Texas Congressional delegation. This committee also organizes Texas Water Day, a two-day event held in Washington D.C.
Texas Water Day Planning Subcommittee
Chairs: Denis Qualls, Tom Ray, and Amy Stelter
Works to plan and organize TWCA's Texas Water Day annual event in Washington, D.C., and draft position papers for the event.
Endangered Species Subcommittee
Chair: Glenn Clingenpeel
Works to understand and/or mitigate the impacts of endangered and threatened species listings on water supplies and associated public utilities and services.
Groundwater - Chairs: Hope Wells and Brian Sledge
Works in advance of the Texas Legislative Session to develop consensus legislation on complex groundwater issues.
Membership & Services - Chair Connie Curtis & Vice Chairs Lance McLeod and Tony Smith
Welcomes new members, assists in planning conferences, and helps staff with communication and outreach to members; eight issue-specific subcommittees were formed
Surface Water - Chairs: Lyn Clancy and Walt Sears
Works on policy issues in advance of the Texas Legislative Session. It has divided into six subcommittees and is also participating in agency discussions on surface water, currently tackling surface water policy issues and weighing in at legislative hearings and on agency matters.
Water Laws - Chair: Howard Slobodin
Keeps the membership informed about new developments in the areas of water law and other law that is of interest to the membership; provides recommendations to the board and the membership regarding TWCA’s participation in lawsuits or other disputes; provides legal expertise to the TWCA when developing policy positions; and provides on-going legal education when possible to the membership.
Water Quality - Chair: Randy Palachek
Focuses on many topics, including water quality standards, drinking water, stormwater, and wastewater. The committee often engages state and federal agencies implementing water quality regulations on behalf of the association.
Appointed Committees ( Presidential Appointment Required):
Policy - Chair: Dan Buhman
Wholesale Rates - Chair: Howard Slobodin