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Welcome to the Region 8 – Lower Brazos Regional Flood Planning Group

Public Notice of Solicitation of Small Business Interest Member


 
Nomination packets may be submitted by email or mail to the Region 8 – Lower Brazos RFPG Sponsor until 5:00pm, Friday, December 31, 2021.
New Small Business Interest Voting Member Application Form
  • Email: LBFlood@brazos.org, Include in the Subject line: “Small Business Interest Nomination”.
  • Mail: Lower Brazos RFPG, Attn: Pamela Hannemann, Brazos River Authority, P.O. Box 7555, Waco, Texas 76714-7555
For additional information, please call Pamela Hannemann at (254) 761-3135 or submit questions by email to pamela.hannemann@brazos.org.
 

The Lower Brazos Regional Flood Planning Group (LBRFPG) is soliciting nominations to fill one (1) voting member vacancy representing the Interest of Small Business. 31 TAC Chapter 361.11(e)(7) definition of Small businesses, defined as corporations, partnerships, sole proprietorships, or other legal entities that are formed for the purpose of making a profit, are independently owned and operated, and have either fewer than 500 employees and or less than $10 million in gross annual receipts. Region 8 LBRFPG covers all or part of 41 counties, which include Archer, Austin, Bastrop, Bell, Bosque, Brazoria, Brazos, Brown, Burleson, Burnet, Callahan, Comanche, Coryell, Eastland, Erath, Falls, Fort Bend, Freestone, Grimes, Hamilton, Hill, Hood, Jack, Johnson, Lampasas, Lee, Leon, Limestone, Madison, McLennan, Milam, Mills, Palo Pino, Parker, Robertson, Somervell, Stephens, Waller, Washington, Williamson, and Young County.

Article V. Section 3 of the adopted Lower Brazos RFPG Bylaws state that in order to be eligible for voting membership on the LBRFPG, a person must be capable of adequately representing the interest for which a member is sought, be willing to participate in the regional flood planning process, attend meetings, and abide by these bylaws. In the consideration of nominees and in the selection of voting members the LBRFPG will strive to achieve geographic, ethnic, and gender diversity.

On October 1, 2020 the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) established the Lower Brazos Regional Flood Planning Group (LBRFPG) with the purpose to carry out the responsibilities placed on regional flood planning groups as required by Texas Water Code (TWC) Chapter 16 and TWDB rules, including 31 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 361 and 362.

The Executive Committee will review the packets as received and will schedule a meeting shortly thereafter to discuss and recommend nominees to the Lower Brazos RFPG at their next regularly scheduled meeting. Nominees will be asked to attend these meetings to answer any questions and to meet the RFPG members.




Flood planning to safeguard Texas communities has begun.

Community and public stakeholders are encouraged to become involved.

In 2019, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 8 directing the creation of the first-ever State Flood Plan for Texas — to be prepared by the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) and to follow a similar region-driven “bottom-up” approach that’s been used for water supply planning in Texas for the past 20 years.

Fifteen flood planning regions have been established — based on river basins. The first-ever Texas Flood Plan will be delivered from Regional Flood Planning Groups to the TWDB by January 10, 2023.

The overarching goal of regional flood planning, and the comprehensive state flood plan that will result from the plans created by these regions, is to protect against loss of life and property from flooding.



Although the deadline has past to submit the stakeholder survey for this current planning cycle, members of the public are still encouraged to complete the survey and provide information that will be incorporated into future planning cycles.

If you have questions or concerns about the data collection tool and/or the interactive web map or need access to the survey as a community stakeholder, please contact Audrey Giesler with Halff Associates, Inc. at (817) 764-7510 or agiesler@halff.com. Please contact Audrey if you would like to schedule a virtual meeting to discuss the data request questions and assistance with completing the survey .




Upcoming Meeting Information

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Current Events

SEEKING PUBLIC FEEDBACK ON PROPOSED PROCESS FOR IDENTIFYING FLOOD MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES AND PROJECTS

Thank you to all who submitted review comments last month on the draft flood mitigation/floodplain management standards and goals for the Lower Brazos Regional Flood Plan. For the next step of this project, the Lower Brazos Regional Flood Planning Group (Lower Brazos RFPG) is seeking public input on the proposed process for identifying flood management strategies and mitigation projects for the Regional Flood Plan. Your feedback is critical to the successful development of the first-ever Regional Flood Plan for the Lower Brazos River Basin, which ultimately will be incorporated into the State Flood Plan for Texas.

The Lower Brazos RFPG needs to receive your input to ensure the list of flood management evaluations (FMEs), flood management strategies (FMSs) and flood mitigation projects (FMPs) accurately represents the entire region; this list will be finalized and submitted to the TWDB in early January 2022. The following draft document is currently available for public review:

Please submit your review comments by no later than November 16 either through the Lower Brazos RFPG website or during the Public Comment period at the RFPG meeting scheduled on November 16 at 10:00 a.m. Click here to join the Microsoft Teams meeting.


HOW DO I SUBMIT MY REVIEW COMMENTS?

Review comments can be submitted electronically by clicking on the ‘Public Comments’ tab along the top menu bar of this website and filling out the information or by emailing LBFlood@brazos.org. Comments can also be provided during the Public Comment period at the RFPG meeting on November 16 at 10:00 a.m. Click here to join the Microsoft Teams meeting; each person signed up in advance is allotted three minutes to speak.


WHY SHOULD I PARTICIPATE?

By providing the Lower Brazos RFPG with your input, the Regional Flood Plan will better represent your community’s flood risk, local flooding issues/needs, and potential mitigation solutions. The information collected during this ongoing effort is being coordinated with the Combined River Basin Study, currently conducted by the Texas General Land Office. Proposed flood mitigation projects must be included in the Regional and State Flood Plans in order for an Entity to be eligible for State financial assistance programs.


QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions about the draft documents currently available on the Lower Brazos website for public review, please contact Pamela Hannemann with the Brazos River Authority at (254) 761-3135 or LBFlood@brazos.org.

Thank you for your participation in this important new regional flood planning effort!


Additional information about the state and regional flood planning process is available on the Texas Water Development Board Website.


Looking for prior meeting information? Click here to view the Meeting Archive.


Contact Information

Brazos River Authority, LBRFPG Sponsor
c/o Pamela Hannemann
4600 Cobbs Drive
Waco, TX 76710
LBFlood@brazos.org
254-761-3135