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LCRA-SAWS Water Project

Lower Colorado River Authority- San Antonio Water System

Scientific Review Panel



Purpose & Outcomes

Partners & Sources
















The panel is composed of approximately eleven well-recognized scientific experts representing disciplines with direct bearing on the project. Eleven members have participated in the Scientific Review Panel (SRP) activities for Task Order 5 and will also participate in Task Order 6. Andrew Sansom, Executive Director of the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University will coordinate all SRP activities. His responsibilities include the following:

  • Direct all administrative duties necessary for the effective operation of the SRP. Ensure that the work of the SRP is done consistent with guidelines provided in the Study Period Plan, the SRP charter, and by the LCRA Program Manager. Maintain a record of all panel activities and recommendations.
  • As necessary, identify additional candidates to participate on the panel, either to replace existing panel members or to supplement the current panel membership. Submit recommendations to the LCRA Program Manager for approval. All panel members must maintain organizational independence from others who are actively working to either move the project forward or to stop its implementation. Recommend replacement of any panel members who are unable to maintain the appropriate level of independence.
  • Coordinate the panel’s review of study materials, assumptions, interim work products, and recommendations developed by the LCRA-SAWS Project Team and offer opinions as to the scientific viability or validity of the work. Input from the panel will be advisory in nature.
  • Participate in meetings with the LCRA Program Manager and, if requested, the Contract Committee.
  • Set dates for SRP meetings, identify venues, secure facilities and logistics and prepare charge for the Panel and meeting agendas.
  • Execute all necessary communications with Panel Members relative to their preparation for and participation in meetings.
  • Facilitate meetings and communications with panel members before and after meetings as required to enable the SRP to accomplish its objectives.
  • Coordinate with the LCRA Program Manager and Project Team to assure all of the SRP activities contribute to the technical quality of the work and that recommendations provided are understood.
  • Submit a report summarizing the SRP’s comments from the SRP Annual Workshop.


Principal Investigator: Andrew Sansom, Director of the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment

Co-Principal Investigators: 

Dr. Thom Hardy, Chief Science Officer, The Meadows Center
Dr. Tom Arsuffi, Department of Natural Resources Management, Texas Tech University
Dr. Larry Hauck, Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research, Tarleton State University
Dr. John Loomis, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Colorado State University
Eric Strom, USGS South Carolina Water Science Center Director
Dr. Khaled Bali, Irrigation/Water Management Advisor and Acting County Director, Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California Agriculture
Dr. Terri Whitledge, Institute of Marine Science, University of Alaska
Dr. Warren Pulich, Wetlands Ecologist, the Meadows Center, Biology Department, Texas State University

Duration: 11/2004- 12/2009


Lower Colorado Regional Water Planning Group (Region K) and South Central Texas Regional Water Planning Group (Region L).

Texas has 16 regional planning groups that identify future water shortages and strategies to meet them.  Region K includes the lower Colorado River basin and Region L includes the San Antonio area.  Both planning groups have included the project as a water supply strategy in their regional plans, which are updated every five years.  The planning groups will continue to evaluate the project during the ongoing water planning process.

Purpose of Project

An independent science review panel is reviewing the project studies and findings to help ensure technical integrity.  Members of the panel are nationally renowned academic and government experts in the areas of study. The purpose of the panel is to:

  • Review and comment on scientific validity of study approaches and results.
  • Recommend actions to enhance technical quality and credibility of analyses.
  • Provide input to project team to help balance cost and benefit of proposed actions.


  • Monthly invoice submitted to LCRA in required format.
  • Monthly summary of activities and budget estimate to complete for remainder of period
  • Written record of SRP meetings, deliberations, and recommendations.

Project Partners & Collaborators

The Meadows Center, the Nature Conservancy of Texas, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Lower Colorado River Authority, and Texas State University graduate students Leonard Oliver, Zachary Shattuck, Jessica Dee Strickland, and Benjamin Warren.

The Texas Water Development Board provides leadership, planning, financial assistance, information, and education for the conservation and responsible development of water for Texas.  The board is responsible for all aspects of groundwater studies in the state and monitors water levels and quality in the state's aquifers, conducts regional-scale aquifer modeling, and houses and maintains water well records.  At the request of Region K, the board is providing technical review and feedback on a groundwater availability model being developed for this project.

Funding Sources

Funding for direct costs associated with this project is provided by the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB).


  • Integrated Assessment of the Pedernales Watershed – Year 1 Final Report, August 2008.

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