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[00:00:03]

GOOD AFTERNOON

[CALL TO ORDER]

EVERYONE.

IT'S 1209, SO WE'LL GET STARTED.

UM, AND LET'S DO A ROUND OF INTRODUCTIONS CUZ WE HAVE A NEW TASK FORCE MEMBER, PAUL D FK FROM D TWO.

RIGHT.

UM, PAUL, YOU WANNA INTRODUCE YOURSELF AND THEN WE CAN GO AROUND AND DO INTRODUCTIONS? SURE.

I'M HAPPY TO START.

UM, THANKS JENNIFER.

AND HELLO EVERYONE.

I'M PAUL DERE.

UH, I'M A LAW STUDENT AT UT.

I'M, UH, PURSUING, UH, LOCAL PUBLIC INTEREST ENVIRONMENTAL WORK.

UM, I'VE BEEN IN AUSTIN A FEW YEARS.

I SPENT THE TIME THAT I WAS HERE BEFORE, UM, SPLITTING MY, UH, WORK RESPONSIBILITIES BETWEEN PODER AND SAVE OUR SPRINGS.

SO I GOT A KIND OF INTERESTING EDUCATION, I THINK IN CENTRAL ED, TEXAS, UH, WATER ISSUES BOTH EAST AND WEST OF I 35.

UM, BEFORE THAT I WAS ON A TOTALLY DIFFERENT CAREER PATH AND I WAS WORKING IN BIG OIL AND I WAS TRYING TO SAVE IT FROM ITSELF.

YOU CAN PROBABLY IMAGINE HOW THAT WENT.

UM, BUT I DID SOME HOPEFULLY NET POSITIVE PROJECTS.

I THINK, UH, I WAS WORKING IN CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY, SO COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT.

I'M VERY GRATEFUL FOR THOSE EXPERIENCES.

UM, WHAT ELSE? I'M ORIGINALLY AM FROM DALLAS.

I HAVE DEGREES IN POLITICAL SCIENCE, INTERNATIONAL, UH, BUSINESS AND FINANCE FROM DAVIDSON COLLEGE AND GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY.

UM, I'M A PASSIONATE BIRDER.

SOME WOULD SAY I'M AN ADDICT, UH, BUT I AM NEVERTHELESS A REGULAR VOLUNTEER WITH THE LOCAL CHAPTER.

TRAVIS AUDUBON HERE.

UM, YEAH, I'M, I'M THRILLED TO BE HERE.

I'M HONORED TO HAVE BEEN APPOINTED BY COUNCIL MEMBER FUENTEZ AND I, UM, I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU ALL AND LEARNING FROM, UM, ALL THE EMINENT WATER EXPERTS IN THIS ROOM.

SO THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

THANKS SO MUCH PAUL.

AND, UM, FEEL FREE TO REACH OUT TO ANYBODY ON THIS COMMITTEE FOR ANYTHING THAT YOU MAY NEED OR BACKGROUND ON ANY OF THE THINGS WE TALK ABOUT OR FEEL FREE TO ASK QUESTIONS.

AND, UM, AND, AND THANK YOU FOR JOINING OUR, OUR SMALL BUT MIGHTY TEAM.

OKAY.

SO I'M GONNA PASS IT AROUND TO THE FOLKS ONLINE TO INTRODUCE THEMSELVES.

UM, VANESSA, YOU WANNA GO NEXT? OKAY, SORRY, I BUTTON WAS IN A DIFFERENT PLACE.

UM, HI PAUL.

I AM, UH, VANESSA QUIG WILLIAMS. I, UM, WORK FOR ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE FUND ON GROUNDWATER SUSTAINABILITY.

SO, UM, CROSS PATHS WITH SAVE OUR SPRINGS, OBVIOUSLY A LOT ON THAT.

UM, BEEN ON THE TASK FORCE NOW FOR A FEW YEARS AND UM, IT'S ALWAYS SUPER INTERESTING.

UH, I FEEL LIKE I LEARN A LOT EVERY MEETING AND UM, YOU KNOW, I'VE ALSO BEEN, UM, WORKING A LOT WITH JENNIFER AND THE CITY ON, UM, THE WELL BASE DIRECT ONSITE REUSE.

SO THAT'S BEEN KIND OF INTERESTING TO SORT OF TRY TO ADVANCE THAT, UM, ISSUE AND SORT OF SEE HOW IT PLAYS OUT TO YOU ON THE GROUND HERE IN AUSTIN.

SO, GLAD TO MEET YOU HEP TODD, HOW ABOUT YOU NEXT? GREAT, THANKS.

UM, TODD BART, LONGTIME AUSTIN RESIDENT, FORMER ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEER, AND UM, YOU KNOW, NOW I'LL JUST DO SOME INVESTING IN, PARTICIPATE IN THE TASK FORCE.

THANK YOU PERRY.

YEAH, AM ALLEN, CAN YOU HEAR ME? YEP.

UH, YEAH, A COUPLE OF THINGS QUICKLY.

PAUL, DID YOU SAY YOU WENT TO DAVIDSON COLLEGE? I DID, YES.

I HAVE TWO DAUGHTERS THAT BOTH WENT TO DAVIDSON.

REALLY? AND THEN, BUT THAT'S, UH, I DIDN'T REALIZE YOU WERE SO INVOLVED WITH THE E DF FOR WHAT THAT'S WORTH.

SMALL, SMALL WORLD.

YEAH.

AND MY DAUGHTER'S, UH, VICE CHAIR, THE E D F, SO THERE YOU HAVE IT.

OKAY.

UM, I'M IN THE REAL ESTATE BUSINESS.

I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT ALL OF YOU KNOW, ALL OF YOU KNOW CARMEN.

OKAY.

WHO IS MY NIECE? THE WRONG THING.

YES.

UM, I WAS APPOINTED BY PO DISTRICT THREE AND I'M STILL HANGING ON AND, UM, I FIND ALL OF THIS VERY INTERESTING.

I PROBABLY KNOW LESS PER SE ABOUT WHAT WE'RE DOING, BUT I TRY TO UNDERSTAND IT AND I'M EXCITED BY IT AND I THINK WE'RE ON THE RIGHT TRACK.

SO THAT'S ME.

THANKS PERRY.

UM, ROBERT,

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MY NAME'S, UH, ROBERT MACE.

I'M, UM, REPRESENTING DISTRICT SEVEN APPOINTED BY LESLIE POOLE.

I THINK I'VE BEEN ON THIS COMMITTEE FOR PAST FIVE YEARS.

SIX YEARS.

WOW.

SIX YEARS.

WOW.

MAN.

SHOULD GET A TROPHY OR SOMETHING.

UM, MY, UH, DAY JOB IS I WORK AT UNIVERSITY, UM, TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY AND, UM, LEAD THE META CENTER FOR WATER IN THE ENVIRONMENT.

UM, AND BEFORE I JOINED THE UNIVERSITY SIX, SEVEN YEARS AGO, I WORKED AT THE TEXAS WATER DEVELOPMENT BOARD FOR 18 YEARS.

SO VERY STEEPED IN WATER PLANNING, INNOVATIVE WATER TECHNOLOGIES AND, AND, UH, THIS COMMITTEE'S BEEN A HOOT.

SO YEAH, .

YEAH, THIS IS A GREAT COMMITTEE.

UM, AND PAUL, WE KNOW EACH OTHER.

UM, AND FOR FOLKS THAT DON'T KNOW, UM, MY DAY JOB IS I'M THE DIRECTOR OF THE TEXAS COAST AND WATER PROGRAM AT NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION.

AND, UM, I'VE BEEN SERVING ON THIS COMMITTEE FOR A LOT LONGER THAN ROBERT, I THINK, CUZ I'VE BEEN SERVING, I FEEL LIKE I'VE BEEN SERVING ON THIS COMMITTEE SINCE BEFORE IT WAS A COMMITTEE SINCE BEFORE IT EXISTED, UH, WITH, WITH SOME OF THE FOLKS HERE.

SO, AND THEN THE OTHER THING, PAUL, WE HAVE, UM, FOLKS EX OFFICIO, NON-VOTING MEMBERS FROM DIFFERENT CITY DEPARTMENTS.

UM, SINCE THIS IS A ONE WATER OR INTEGRATED PLAN, UM, THE WATER FORWARD PLAN, IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT TO HAVE FOLKS FROM OTHER CITY DEPARTMENTS HERE, NOT ONLY TO LISTEN, BUT TO PUT THEIR INPUT IN BECAUSE A LOT OF THIS STUFF IS CROSS ORGANIZATIONAL THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT OR CAN BE IF, IF WE WORK TO MAKE IT MAKE IT THAT WAY.

UM, IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT.

SO FOLKS FROM WATERSHED, FROM PARKS, FROM AUSTIN ENERGY, SO THEY, UM, ALSO VERY GENEROUSLY, UH, SHOW UP HERE AND SPEND TIME WITH US AND WE REALLY APPRECIATE THAT.

UM, LEONA, UM, FROM, UH, FROM PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT FROM PAR, UM, AND THEN TONY, UH, FROM AUSTIN RESOURCE RECOVERY.

AND THEN, UH, MICHAEL HOFFMAN.

UM, MICHAEL, WHO ARE YOU? WHICH DEPARTMENT? I'M NOT SEEING YOU.

I'M LIKE, HAVE THIS LIST HERE.

I'M GOING OFF OF, I'M WITH AUSTIN ENERGY.

AUSTIN ENERGY.

THANK YOU MICHAEL.

YEP.

AND THEN DID I MISS ANYBODY ONLINE? OKAY.

AND THEN I'LL JUST LET THIS, THIS AUSTIN WATER FOLKS HERE, JUST GO DOWN THE LINE AND INTRODUCE THEMSELVES.

THANK YOU.

I KNOW WE'RE TAKING A LOT OF TIME DOING THIS, BUT, UM, IT'S ALWAYS GOOD TO GET RESET AND WE'VE GOT, UM, OUR NEW AUSTIN WATER DIRECTOR HERE TOO, SO THIS IS A REAL TREAT TO HAVE.

UH, SHAY HERE.

GOOD AFTERNOON, IT'S GREAT TO BE WITH YOU ALL.

MY NAME IS SHAY ROLLS ROLSON, AND I'M THE DIRECTOR OF AUSTIN WATER.

UM, I BECAME DIRECTOR ON JANUARY 1ST, SO, UM, JUST THREE-ISH MONTHS, UH, INTO THE JOB.

BEFORE THAT, I WAS ASSISTANT DIRECTOR FOR ENGINEERING SERVICES WITHIN AUSTIN WATER.

SO, UH, RAN THE, UH, MANAGE THE TEAM WHO RUNS AUSTIN WATER'S, C I P C I P DELIVERY.

UM, THAT'S ALL OUR INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT ACROSS THE UTILITY.

UM, BEFORE THAT I SPENT, UM, ABOUT 26 YEARS IN IN CONSULTING ENGINEERING, UM, WORKING FOR, UH, DIFFERENT CON THREE DIFFERENT CONSULTING FIRMS AND WORKING FOR UTILITIES ALL OVER TEXAS.

SO LOTS OF, UM, WATER WASTEWATER, RECLAIMED WATER, UM, PROJECT DELIVERY IN MY BACKGROUND.

AND, UM, DABBLED IN SOME WATER SUPPLY PLANNING AS WELL.

SO I'M HAPPY TO BE HERE.

REALLY APPRECIATE THE WORK OF THIS TASKFORCE.

UM, COULDN'T DO IT WITHOUT YOU ALL, AND I'M HAPPY TO TURN IT OVER TO OUR VERY CAPABLE STAFF.

THANK YOU.

THANKS FOR, UM, MAKING TIME TO BE HERE.

WE REALLY APPRECIATE IT SO QUICKLY.

MY NAME'S KEVIN KRUK AND ASSISTANT DIRECTOR FOR AUSTIN WATER.

I'M OVER OUR ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES AREA, SO I HAVE THE GOOD FORTUNE OF WORKING WITH OUR, UH, WATER RESOURCES PLANNING TEAM.

SO, UH, EXCITED ABOUT THAT.

I, UM, HAVE A LONGER CAREER THAN I'D PROBABLY LIKE TO ADMIT.

I'VE GROWN UP AND LIVED IN AUSTIN FOR OVER 50 YEARS, UH, CIVIL ENGINEER BY TRAINING AND, UH, DONE WATER RESOURCES WORK FOR THE LAST, UH, NEARLY 40 YEARS.

SO GOOD TO BE HERE.

THANKS.

THANK YOU.

I'M TERESA LUTZ.

I'M THE DIVISION MANAGER OR MANAGING ENGINEER FOR SYSTEMS PLANNING DIVISION, AND THAT'S THE DIVISION THAT, UM, UH, IS INVOLVED IN LEADING THE WATER FORWARD PROGRAM AND INCLUDES THE WATER RESOURCES TEAM THAT MARISA FLORES GONZALEZ LEADS.

AND, UH, IT ALSO INCLUDES, UH, RESOURCE AND IN ADDITION TO RESOURCE PLANNING, UH, INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING AND ANALYSIS FOR THE WATER AND WASTEWATER SYSTEMS. AND THEN ALSO, UM, FOR THE RECLAIMED WATER SYSTEMS. I'VE BEEN HERE A VERY LONG TIME SINCE, UM, JANUARY OF 1985 AND REALLY, UH, ENJOY THIS WORK AND, AND VERY HAPPY TO BE INVOLVED AND EXCITED ABOUT WATERFORD AND THE WATERFORD PROGRAM AND, UM, AND

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WATER RESOURCES AND, AND WHAT WE'RE DOING IN THIS ARENA.

SO THANK YOU.

NICE TO MEET EVERYBODY.

J JANELLE, I FEEL LIKE EVERYBODY KNOWS ME.

I'VE TALKED WITH AND EMAILED ALL OF YOU A LOT IN THE LAST COUPLE WEEKS.

J L NICHOLSON, PROGRAM MANAGER AUSTIN WATER.

JANE JANELLE'S EMAILS ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT IN YOUR INBOX BECAUSE IT HAS OUR WACKY SCHEDULE IN IT AND LOTS OF OTHER REALLY IMPORTANT INFORMATION.

.

THANK YOU .

MARISA.

AND I'M MARISA FLORES GONZALEZ.

I'VE BEEN WORKING IN WATER WASTEWATER AND STORMWATER FOR THE PAST 12 YEARS.

I'VE BEEN AT THE UTILITY NOW FOR NINE YEARS, UH, IN MAY AND HAVE BEEN WITH THIS TASK FORCE SINCE THE BEGINNING, ALONG WITH TERESA, UM, AND SEVERAL OUR OTHER OF OUR MEMBERS.

UM, AND I'M REALLY HAPPY TO HAVE SEEN THIS WORK GROW AND EVOLVE AND CONTINUE TO STAY STRONG.

YOU'RE HERE.

UM, AND THEN, UM, WAIT, I THOUGHT I JUST SAW HIM, BILL.

OH, THERE HE IS.

OKAY.

AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST, BILL MORIARTY.

BILL, WE'RE DOING INTRODUCTIONS.

WE HAVE A NEW TASK FORCE MEMBER, UM, PAUL D FIORI.

DO YOU WANNA INTRODUCE YOURSELF AND THEN WE'LL GET GOING WITH OUR AGENDA.

BILL MOTY.

UH, I'VE BEEN ON TASK TASKFORCE, UH, SINCE THE BEGINNING.

UH, I'M AN ENGINEER, BUT I'M RETIRED.

UM, AND I ALSO SERVE ON THE WATER WASTEWATER COMMISSION, SO HAPPY TO BE HERE.

NICE TO MEET YOU ALL.

ALL RIGHT, THANK YOU ALL.

THAT WAS, UH, I FELT LIKE INDULGENT AMOUNT OF TIME, BUT ALSO NICE TO DO.

WE DON'T HAVE, WE HAVEN'T DONE IT IN A WHILE AND, AND, AND WE DON'T SEE EACH OTHER IN PERSON VERY OFTEN ANYMORE.

UM, ALRIGHT, LET'S

[APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

GO AHEAD AND GET MOVING WITH OUR AGENDA.

SO WE, UM, WE HAVE MINUTES FROM OUR DECEMBER 12TH MEETING.

UH, DO WE, DO I HAVE, UM, DOES ANYONE WANNA MAKE A MOTION TO APPROVE THEM? I'LL MAKE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES FROM LAST MEETING.

THANK YOU, ROBERT, DO WE HAVE A SECOND? COULD JUST RAISE YOUR HAND.

IT'S UP TO YOU PEOPLE ON THE SCREEN.

ALL RIGHT, PERRY.

WAY TO GO.

ANY, UM, DISCUSSION? ALL IN FAVOR? AYE.

OKAY, GOT THAT DONE.

NOW LET'S MOVE ON

[2. Update on water supply conditions, presented by Austin Water staff]

TO THE WATER SUPPLY CONDITIONS.

UM, IT'S BEEN REALLY FUN LOOKING AT HYDRA MET THE PAST WEEK TO SEE YOUR RAINFALL TOTALS AND STREAM FLOW, BUT, UH, LET'S LET, UH, LET THE PROFESSIONALS DO MORE THAN THE ARMCHAIR METEOROLOGISTS LIKE ME ARE DOING.

AWESOME.

WE'LL BE BRINGING UP OUR SLIDES AND I JUST WANTED TO NOTE, I THINK WE DISCUSSED IT OR MENTIONED IT, BUT JUST FOR THE, UM, THE VALUE OF THE RECORDING.

WE DID NOT HAVE ANY PUBLIC COMMUNICATION TODAY.

OH, THANK YOU.

MM-HMM.

.

YES.

SO WE'LL NOTE THAT IN THE MINUTES AS WELL.

UM, WE WANTED TO PROVIDE, UH, A BRIEF WATER SUPPLY UPDATE, SO IF YOU CAN MOVE TO THE NEXT LINE.

OH, SORRY.

OH, YOU'RE GOOD.

ONE MORE.

YEAH.

THERE, YOU'RE GOOD.

THAT'S GREAT.

.

UH, SO THIS IS A, A PRETTY STANDARD, UM, CHART THAT WE SHOW EVERY WATER FORWARD TASK FORCE MEETING.

JUST TO ORIENT YOU TO WHAT'S BEING SHOWN HERE.

THIS SHOWS HIGHLAND LAKES INFLOWS ON A MONTHLY BASIS, THE MONTHS FROM JANUARY TO DECEMBER.

ON THE X-AXIS, ON THE Y AXIS IS THE ACRE FEET OF INFLOWS, UM, INTO THE HIGHLAND LAKES.

THOSE, UH, INFLOWS AND ACRE FOOT, JUST FOR REFERENCE IS 325,851 GALLONS.

IT'S EQUIVALENT TO ABOUT THE AMOUNT OF WATER THAT YOU WOULD HAVE IF YOU FILLED A FOOTBALL FIELD, UH, FULL OF WATER TO A DEPTH OF ONE FOOT.

UM, WE HAVE, UH, SHOWN IN DIFFERENT COLORED BARS, SEVERAL DIFFERENT VALUES.

WE HAVE IN THE LIGHT BLUE, THE AVERAGE FROM 1942 TO PRESENT, WHICH IS THE PERIOD OF RECORD OR THE PERIOD OF TIME, UH, THAT THE HIGHLAND LAKES HAVE EXISTED SINCE THEY WERE BUILT.

UM, IN THE DARKER BLUE IS THE AVERAGE FROM 2008 TO 2015.

UM, AND THAT AVERAGE COINCIDES WITH OUR NEW DROUGHT OF RECORDS.

SO WHAT WE CONSIDER TO BE THE, UM, WORST DROUGHT WE'VE EXPERIENCED HERE IN THE LOWER COLORADO RIVER BASIN, AND THEN IN THE GREEN AS SHOWN 2022 THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

AND THE PURPLE SHOWS A MONTHLY INFLOWS FOR JANUARY THROUGH MARCH OF 2023.

SO YOU CAN SEE THAT OUR INFLOWS IN 2022 AND 2023 HAVE BEEN VERY LOW INFLOWS IN 2022.

UM, SET A RECORD FOR, UM, OUR BASIN AS THE LOWEST INFLOWS WE'VE IN, IN THAT PERIOD OF RECORD.

UM, AND WE CONTINUE TO SEE THAT LOW INFLOW PATTERN OCCURRING HERE, UM, IN THE FIRST MONTHS OF CALENDAR YEAR 2023.

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IF YOU GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, EVEN WITH THOSE LOW INFLOWS, WE HAVE, UH, SEEN MORE TAPERING OFF OF, UH, DROPS IN COMBINED STORAGE.

IF YOU COMPARE 2022 TO 2011, JUST DUE TO CHANGES IN THE WATER MANAGEMENT PLAN THAT L C R A USES THE LOWER COLORADO RIVER AUTHORITY USES TO, UM, OPERATE THE HIGHLAND LAKES.

UM, THOSE CHANGES WERE MADE AFTER, UH, 2011, WHICH WAS OUR, OUR LAST HOTTEST AND DRIEST YEAR ON RECORD.

UM, AND SOME ADDITIONAL CHANGES INCLUDING, UH, CONSERVATION EFFORTS ON THE PART OF CITY OF AUSTIN CUSTOMERS AND OTHER CUSTOMERS THROUGHOUT THE BASIN.

UM, WE STARTED 2022 IN A SIMILAR PLACES IS WHEN WE STARTED AS WHERE WE STARTED IN THE BEGINNING OF 2011.

AND YOU'LL SEE THAT THOSE, UH, COMBINED STORAGE TRACES, UM, ARE A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT IN THAT 2022 AT THE END OF THE SUMMER, WE ENDED UP HIGHER THAN WHERE WE ENDED UP IN IN 2011.

THAT'S, UH, IMPORTANT TO NOTE, BUT YOU STILL NOTICE THAT WE'RE, UH, CURRENTLY AT ABOUT 51% FULL IN TERMS OF COMBINED STORAGE.

UM, AND WHILE WE ANTICIPATE THAT, UM, POTENTIALLY MAY AND JUNE WILL BRING SOME MORE PRECIPITATION TO OUR AREA, IT'S LIKELY THAT WE'LL CONTINUE TO SEE SOME DROPS IN COMBINED STORAGE THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER AS WE SEE, UM, HOTTER TEMPERATURES.

UH, IF YOU MOVE TO THE NEXT SLIDE, UM, WE ALSO TYPICALLY INCLUDE THIS WATER WEEKLY THAT'S PREPARED, UM, BY TEXAS WATER DEVELOPMENT BOARD.

INCLUDES INFORMATION FROM THE US DROUGHT MONITOR.

UM, THIS IS FROM THIS WEEK.

UH, SO THIS LATEST DROUGHT MONITOR MAP, UH, SHOWS A LITTLE EXPANSION IN DROUGHT CONDITIONS ACROSS THE STATE, BUT, UM, IT SAYS IN CONTINUED INTENSIFICATION OF DROUGHT.

UM, WE ARE CONTINUING TO SEE THE EFFECTS OF DROUGHT IN OUR REGION, BUT WE HOPE THAT WE WILL BE TURNING A CORNER PRETTY SOON HERE.

UH, IF YOU GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, UM, THIS SHOWS A THREE MONTH OUTLOOK FROM, UH, THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, OR, OR OH, SORRY, FROM NOAH.

UH, SEASONAL TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK SHOWING ABOVE AVERAGE TEMPERATURES FOR APRIL, MAY, AND JUNE.

AND THEN, UM, EQUAL CHANCES OF AVERAGE PRECIPITATION FROM APRIL, MAY AND, AND JUNE OF 2023.

WE PAY ATTENTION TO THIS TYPE OF INFORMATION AS WELL AS THE ENSO FORECAST, UH, THAT'S PREPARED BY THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER.

THAT IS, UM, HAS, UH, DECLARED, YOU KNOW, THAT WE HAVE OFFICIALLY SEEN THE END OF LA NINA, AND WE'VE MOVED INTO NEUTRAL, UH, CONDITIONS.

UM, FOR US THAT MEANS, UH, AN END TO, UH, WHAT IS TYPICALLY A HOTTER AND DRIER PATTERN OF WEATHER INTO AN A MORE AVERAGE CONDITION.

AND WE HOPE THAT, UM, IN THE, THE FALL, AT THE END OF SUMMER AND EARLY FALL, WE'LL MOVE INTO AN EL NINO CONDITION, WHICH, UH, CAN MEAN FOR OUR REGION, UH, WATER AND COOLER CONDITIONS.

EVEN.

WITH THAT SAID, THOUGH, UH, UH, WE WILL, IT STILL REMAINS TO BE SEEN WHAT, UH, THE IMPACT OF THAT, UM, UH, WEATHER AND CLIMATE PATTERN WILL HAVE ON PRECIPITATION WITHIN OUR AREA.

UH, IF YOU MOVE TO THE NEXT SLIDE, SO THIS SHOWS A FORECAST THAT'S PREPARED BY THE LOWER COLORADO RIVER AUTHORITY.

THE DARK, UH, BLUE LINE, I THINK IT'S A BLUE LINE OR A BLACK LINE SHOWS ACTUAL LAKE STORAGE, UH, FROM APRIL, 2022 TO APRIL, 2023.

AND THEN THE DOTTED LINES ARE SHOWING, UM, UH, KIND OF PROBABILITIES OF, UH, THE POTENTIAL, UH, COMBINED STORAGE FROM APRIL, 2023 TO OCTOBER, 2023.

WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS FORECAST BECAUSE IT DOES, UH, THAT IT DOES COVER A PERIOD OF TIME THAT'S, UM, PRETTY CRITICAL FOR US OVER THE, THE SUMMER PERIOD AND TAKES US THROUGH, UH, IN THE EARLY FALL WHEN WE TYPICALLY SEE COMBINED STORAGE START TO FLATTEN OUT.

SO WE'LL POTENTIALLY SEE SOME E A LITTLE BIT OF A BUMP UP IN MAY AND JUNE WITH SOME PRECIP, AND THEN WE'LL LIKELY SEE CONTINUED DECLINES IN COMBINED STORAGE OVER THE SUMMER.

UM, IN SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER, WE MAY SEE ANOTHER LITTLE BUMP UP DEPENDING ON, UH, WEATHER CONDITIONS.

AND THEN IN OCTOBER THROUGH, UH, THE REST OF THE WINTER, WE WOULD ANTICIPATE THAT COMBINED STORAGE COULD FLATTEN OUT.

SO JUST A KEY TAKEAWAY HERE THOUGH IS THAT, UM, WE ANTICIPATE THAT IT'S HARD TO SEE SO FAR AWAY, AND I HAVE SURPRISINGLY OLD EYES.

UM, BUT WE ANTICIPATE THAT WE MAY BE MOVING INTO STAGE TWO DROUGHT CONDITIONS BY AROUND JUNE OR JULY

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OF 2023.

SO THAT IS SOMETHING THAT WE'RE PREPARING FOR INTERNALLY IN TERMS OF DROUGHT RESPONSE ACTIONS ON THE PART OF OUR CONSERVATION TEAM OR COMMUNICATIONS, UM, AND ENGAGEMENT THAT WILL NEED TO BEGIN NOW AND, AND INTO THE SUMMER.

REMIND ME WHAT STAGE TWO ENTAILS? THE PRIMARY, UH, ACTION RELATED TO STAGE TWO IS A SHORTENING OF THE WATER WINDOW WITH A WATERING WINDOW.

SO I THINK IT'S LIKE A, A COMES OUT TO A TOTAL OF LIKE A THREE HOUR REDUCTION IN THE WATERING WINDOW.

UM, AND THEN THERE ARE SEVERAL OTHER, UM, COMPONENTS RELATED TO RESTRICTIONS ON, ON, UM, KIND OF IN, UH, INDIVIDUAL ACTIVITIES, BUT THEY'RE NOT EXTENSIVE.

THE PRIMARY ACTION IS THE, THE SHORTENING OF THAT WATERING WINDOW.

AND THERESA AND KEVIN, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO JUMP IN IF THERE'S ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D WANNA ADD.

UM, IN THE PAST WHEN WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT DROUGHT, OR MAYBE WE'VE JUST BEEN IN DROUGHT FOR A WHILE, UM, UH, YOU'VE TALKED ABOUT, UH, PREPARING SOME KIND OF MEMO OR COMMUNICATION TO CITY COUNCIL ABOUT, UM, UPCOMING, YOU KNOW, DROUGHT AND HOW AUSTIN WATERS RESPONDING TO IT AND ACTIONS THAT IT MAY, THAT ARE RAMPING UP TO PLAN TO TAKE IF, IF THE DROUGHT CONTINUES TO DEEPEN.

IS THAT, DOES THAT UNDERWAY STILL, OR DOES IT ALREADY EXIST? IF SO, CAN YOU SHARE IT WITH THE TASK FORCE? JUST SO PEOPLE KNOW KIND OF WHAT'S COMING FOR JOB RESPONSE? MM-HMM.

, I'LL, I'LL JUST SAY WE, AT THIS MOMENT, WE AREN'T NECESSARILY PREPARING A WRITTEN MEMO, BUT WE ARE MAKING PLANS FOR PRESENTATIONS TO, UM, UH, AUSTIN WA, THE AUSTIN WATER OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE OF COUNCIL IN MAY.

OKAY.

UM, SO THAT'LL GIVE A LITTLE BIT OF A, A HEADS UP ABOUT SOME OF THOSE ACTIVITIES THAT WOULD BEGIN POTENTIALLY DURING THE MIDDLE OF THE SUMMER.

UM, AND THERE MAY BE OTHER COMMUNICATIONS THAT ARE HAPPENING OUTSIDE OF THAT, UM, PRESENTATION, INCLUDING ADDITIONAL OUTREACH TO, UH, COUNCIL MEMBERS AND, AND OTHER INDIVIDUALS.

OKAY.

THAT'S GREAT.

ANY QUESTIONS FROM FOLKS, UM, FROM VIRTUAL ATTENDEES? UM, I'VE GOT A QUICK QUESTION, MARISSA ON MM-HMM.

, THE INFLOW SLIDE THAT YOU HAD.

WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT THE REASON FOR THE HISTORIC LOWS? I MEAN, HAVE WE LOOKED AT LIKE, THE PRECIPITATION TRENDS? UM, AND ALSO I'M THINKING TOO, LIKE GROUNDWATER PUMPING IN THE UPSTREAM PORTION OF THE BASIN.

IF YOU DON'T HAVE AN ANSWER LIKE RIGHT NOW, THAT'S FINE, BUT I GUESS MM-HMM.

, I'M JUST CURIOUS, LIKE IF THAT'S, UM, LIKE WHAT INFORMATION WE HAVE OR, OR DON'T HAVE A NEED, UM, THAT WOULD, UM, KIND OF HELP FORM A FULLER PICTURE OF LIKE, WHY WE ARE SEEING THESE HISTORIC LOWS.

YEAH.

WELL, WE DON'T HAVE A SPECIFIC INFORMATION AROUND GROUNDWATER PUMPING IN THE UPPER BASIN.

UM, WE HAVE, UH, BEEN TRACKING, UH, TO SOME EXTENT, UM, PRECIPITATION TRENDS.

UM, AND I THINK THERE HAS BEEN SOME WORK THAT HAS BEEN DONE OUTSIDE OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN LOOKING AT THE, THE CHANGING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN RAINFALL AND RUNOFF, UM, WITHIN THE BASIN.

SO WHILE THAT COULD BE A CONTRIBUTOR, I THINK THE LARGER, THEY JUST MOVED OFF THE SCREEN, BUT, UM, I THINK THE LARGER CONTRIBUTOR WOULD JUST BE THAT, UM, UH, 22 WAS AN, AN EXCEPTIONAL YEAR IN, IN MANY RESPECTS IN TERMS OF, OF, UH, HEAT, UM, UH, YOU KNOW, LEADING TO INCREASED EVAPORATION AND THAT WOULD AFFECT SOIL AND MOISTURE.

SO ANY PRECIPITATION EVENTS THAT WE DID, UM, RECEIVE THEN WERE SUCKED RIGHT UP BY THE SOIL AS IT'S TRYING TO MAKE UP THAT DEFICIT.

UM, AND, AND PLANTS AS WELL.

NOTHING AGAINST PLANTS, BUT THAT, I THINK THOSE WERE, WERE REALLY BIG CONTRIBUTING FACTORS.

AND IT WAS, UM, THIS PAST YEAR WAS, UH, REMARKABLE AS WELL IN THAT I THINK THIS WAS ONE OF THE FIRST TIMES WHERE WE HAD EXPERIENCED A NIA THREE YEARS IN A ROW AS, AS I UNDERSTAND IT.

AND PREVIOUSLY WE HAD, UH, WE'VE HAVE EXPERIENCED LA NINA'S TWO YEARS IN A ROW AND NOT THREE.

SO THAT BUILDS UP KIND OF A DEFICIT, UM, THAT WE'RE, WE'RE ESSENTIALLY TRYING TO MAKE UP AND, AND LEADS TO THESE KIND OF SYSTEMATIC CHANGES IN, IN TERMS OF HOW MUCH INFLOW WE'RE ULTIMATELY GETTING IN THE HIGHLAND LAKES.

BUT I, I THINK THAT, YOU KNOW, WE ALSO FEEDS INTO SOME OF THE WORK THAT WE'RE DOING AROUND CLIMATE CHANGE AND TRYING TO, UH, YOU KNOW, BETTER UNDERSTAND THE IMPACTS THAT CLIMATE CHANGE AND, AND CHANGING TEMPERATURE, UH, UH, TEMPERATURES AND RAINFALL DISTRIBUTIONS WILL HAVE ON THE BASIN AS A WHOLE.

WE JUST, UH, THE META CENTER, WE PUBLISHED A STUDY A

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MONTH OR SO AGO THAT WAS LOOKING IN PART AT, AT, UH, INFLOWS TO THE COLORADO RIVER SYSTEM MM-HMM.

FROM THE PERTON ALICE MM-HMM.

.

AND ONE SURPRISING OUTCOME WAS THAT THERE WAS A, A CHANGE IN, IN, UM, FLOW CONTRIBUTIONS TO LIKE TRAVIS, UH, A VERY ABRUPT CHANGE THAT STARTED IN 2008.

AND SO THERE WAS MUCH MORE CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE, UM, LAKE TRAVIS PRE 2008, AND THEN IT, THE SLOPE FLATTENED DOWN.

AND, AND, AND SO WE'RE, WE'RE AT THE SAME LEVEL OF CONTRIBUTIONS SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE DROUGHT IN 2009.

WOW.

UM, SO THAT WAS, UH, SURPRISE.

I MEAN, WE WEREN'T, THAT WASN'T WHAT WE WERE LOOKING AT, BUT IT WAS JUST INTERESTING TO SEE THAT THERE'S A SUGGESTION, AT LEAST INFLOW WISE FROM THE PERLES, WERE IN THE SAME CONDITION.

MM-HMM.

, UM, WE'VE BEEN IN SINCE 2008, 2009.

AND WELL, JUST A QUESTION, UH, HAVE Y'ALL LOOKED AT WHETHER THAT'S DUE TO CHANGES IN, IN WHERE PRECIPITATION IS OCCURRING, OR NO? YEAH, OUR STUDY WAS JUST LOOKING AT INFLOW, SO, SO WE, WE PLOTTED CUMULATIVE, UM, FLOWS OVER TIME AND, UH, UM, BUT IT, IT BEGS FOR, YOU KNOW, LOOKING AT MORE DETAILS, JUST, UH, IT WAS JUST KIND OF A LITTLE INTERESTING.

IT'S LIKE, WELL THAT'S INTERESTING.

MM-HMM.

, UM, MAYBE EVEN A LITTLE ODD, UM, YOU KNOW, SINCE WE'VE CONSIDERED THAT WE'VE COME OUT OF DROUGHT COME OUT OF THAT DROUGHT FROM 2008 NINE TO 2015.

BUT YEAH, I, I GUESS I ASKED TOO BECAUSE WE'LL BE, UM, AND WE CAN TALK MORE ABOUT THIS LATER, BUT WE HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT THIS COLORADO RIVER LAND ANALYSIS, UM, WORK AS PART OF THE WATER 4 20 24 UPDATE.

AND I THINK THIS TASK FORCE IS SLATED FOR, UM, AN OVERVIEW OF THAT WORK IN FUTURE MEETINGS.

BUT WE'VE BEEN TRYING TO UNDERSTAND SOME OF THE FACTORS THAT LEAD TO, YOU KNOW, UH, CONTRIBUTION OF, UH, RUNOFF INTO, INTO THE SYSTEM IN THE, UH, BASIN THAT THAT'S UPSTREAM OF THE CITY OF BOSTON AND, AND HOW CAN WE KIND OF BEST WORK TO, UM, PRESERVE, UH, YOU KNOW, ESPECIALLY WATER QUALITY AS WELL AS TO A MUCH LESSER EXTENT WATER QUANTITY, UM, THROUGH EDUCATION OUTREACH OR OTHER LAND CONSERVATION STRATEGY.

SO IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE'LL BE EXPLORING MORE.

COOL.

THERE'S, THERE'S A, I DIDN'T LOOK AT, WE DIDN'T LOOK AT IT STATISTICALLY, BUT THERE'S VISUALLY THERE'S LESS INTENSE, THERE'S BEEN LESS INTENSE RAINFALL SINCE 2008 THAN PRE 2008.

YEAH.

VERY INTERESTING.

AND THAT IS THE END OF OUR PRESENTATION HERE IN CASE ANYONE HAS ANY OTHER QUESTIONS.

QUESTIONS.

OKAY.

LET'S

[3. Update on Water Forward 2018 implementation status, presented by Austin Water staff]

MOVE ON TO OUR NEXT PRESENTATION, WHICH IS WATERFORD 2018.

IT'S IMPLEMENTATION STATUS.

UH, AND SO PAUL, UH, WE'VE GOT WATERFORD 18, WHICH IS THE CURRENT PLAN IMPLEMENTATION, AND YOU'LL ALSO HEAR WATER FOR 24, WHICH IS THE UPDATED PLAN THAT IS UNDER DEVELOPMENT.

SO THAT'S KIND OF LIKE THE SHORTHAND, HOW WE REFER TO BOTH OF 'EM.

WE HAVE SUBCOMMITTEES ALSO WATERFORD 18 SUBCOMMITTEE AND A WATERFORD 24 SUBCOMMITTEE.

UM, AND, UH, THERE'S DETAILED NOTES IN YOUR PACKET FROM THE MEETINGS THAT THOSE COMMITTEES HAVE HAD.

AND ALSO, UM, WE HAVE TO STAY, WE HAVE A LIMIT ON THE NUMBER OF MEMBERS FOR THOSE COMMITTEES.

AND WE CAN CHECK WITH JANEEL TO SEE WHAT COMMITTEES, IF ANY.

I THINK MAYBE THEY BOTH HAVE OPENINGS ON THEM, BUT IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN SERVING ON WONDER, BOTH OF THOSE, UM, REACH OUT TO MYSELF AND JANE L AND MARISA AND WE CAN GET THAT FIGURED OUT FOR YOU.

OKAY.

UM, SO LET'S MOVE INTO THE WATER FOUR 18, I THINK.

UM, SO YOU HAVE A REPORT WITHIN YOUR PACKETS.

IT'S A, UH, A P D F THAT HAS, UH, IT'S ENTITLED WATER 4 20 18 FY 23 Q1 IMPLEMENTATION PROGRESS REPORT.

SO JUST FOR SOME BACKGROUND, OUR FISCAL YEARS RUN FROM OCTOBER 1ST TO SEPTEMBER 31ST.

SO THIS Q1 REPORT IS RUNNING FROM, UM, IS COVERING THE PERIOD OCTOBER, NOVEMBER, DECEMBER OF CALENDAR YEAR 2022.

UM, SO LET ME KNOW IF ANY OF THAT IS CONFUSING, CUZ IT'S ALWAYS CONFUSING TO, TO ME AND TO US.

UM, BUT, UH, THIS REPORT IS PRETTY HIGH LEVEL.

IT INCLUDES UPDATES ON A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT, UM, WATER FORWARD STRATEGIES.

I'M NOT, NOT GONNA READ THROUGH THE WHOLE REPORT, UM, BUT I'LL JUST DO SOME WAYFINDING FOR FOLKS, UH, WHO ARE MAYBE NEW TO, TO THIS.

SO EACH LINE IS KIND OF DELINEATED BY A, A DIFFERENT COLOR.

UH, THE STRATEGY NAME IS IN THE UPPER LEFT HAND CORNER OF OF THE BOX, UM, WITH A BRIEF DESCRIPTION

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OF THE STRATEGY ON THE FIRST PAGE.

WE START WITH THE WATER FORWARD 2024 UPDATE.

SO THAT'S THE FIVE YEAR-ISH UPDATE TO THE PLAN.

AND THEN, UM, EACH STRATEGY KIND OF SUBSEQUENT TO THAT IS THIS, TO BELOW MY A T X WATER, UM, A M I REPLACEMENT IRRIGATION AND LANDSCAPE ORDINANCES, ANOTHER CONSERVATION STRATEGY.

UM, EACH ONE OF THE STRATEGIES SHOWS, UM, PROGRESS MADE WITHIN THE, UH, THE QUARTER THAT HAS PASSED.

UM, AND THEN SHOWS, UH, CURRENT AND PLANNED ACTIVITIES FOR THE QUARTER THAT IS EITHER UNDERWAY OR IS COMING UP.

AND THEN IT SHOWS UNDER FUTURE IMPLEMENTATION STEPS, UH, SOME LONGER TERM ACTIONS THAT ARE ANTICIPATED FOR THE STRATEGY.

WE TRY TO REFLECT IN THE ACTUAL VERSUS, UH, PLANNED PROGRESS, WHETHER, UH, YOU KNOW, WHERE WE ARE IN TERMS OF THE BROADER IMPLEMENTATION SCHEDULE.

AND THEN, UM, UNDER Q UH, THE, THE STATS HEADER IN THE UPPER RIGHT HAND QUARTER CORNER, UM, WE'RE TRACKING SEVERAL DIFFERENT STATISTICS RELATED TO THE STRATEGY.

SOMETIMES IF THE STRATEGY IS, UH, ONE THAT'S KIND OF IN PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT PHASE, THAT COULD BE MORE LIKE MEETINGS HELD, UH, COMMUNITY MEMBERS BREACH SURVEYS, UH, SURVEY RESPONSES, UM, THAT WE'VE GOTTEN.

OR IT COULD INCLUDE, YOU KNOW, FOR EXAMPLE ON THE MY ATX WATER STRATEGY, THE NUMBER OF METERS THAT WE'VE INSTALLED, UM, THE NUMBER OF, UH, FOLKS THAT WE'VE INFORMED THAT THEY MAY HAVE LEAKS ON THEIR PROPERTY, UM, FOR THE CENTRALIZED RECLAIM STRATEGY, WE TRIED TO TRACK VOLUMES USED IN THAT QUARTER AS WELL AS IN THE FISCAL YEAR TO DATE.

SO JUST SOME HIGHLIGHTS.

LIKE I SAID, I'M NOT GONNA READ THROUGH THE WHOLE THING, BUT JUST SOME HIGHLIGHTS ON OUR ACTIVITIES FOR THE WATER 4 20 24, UM, UPDATE.

UH, WE'LL TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT LATER.

UM, BUT WE HAVE HELD A WATER FORWARD UNIVERSITY WEBINAR, UM, UH, ON I GUESS THAT WE HELD ONE ON NOVEMBER 9TH, BUT WE ALSO HELD ONE MORE RECENTLY, UH, IN THE LAST MONTH ON EQUITY AND AFFORDABILITY.

AND, UM, WE'LL BE TALKING MORE ABOUT THAT TODAY.

AND THE, MY A TX WATER STRATEGY WITHIN Q1, UH, WE, UH, REACHED 110,000 INSTALLS, UH, FOR, UH, AMI METERS.

UH, WE'LL BE PLANNING A CELEBRATION IN EARLY MAY TO CELEBRATE THE 100000TH INSTALL, UM, TO HELP CONTINUE TO DRAW EYES TO THE PROGRAM AND, UH, HELP TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO CONTINUE SIGNING UP FOR THE CUSTOMER PORTAL SO THAT WE CAN REACH FOLKS WITH ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, UH, ABOUT THEIR WATER USAGE ON THE IRRIGATION AND LANDSCAPE ORDINANCE.

OUR STAFF HAVE BEEN, UH, CONTINUING TO TALK TO PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND GATHERING SURVEY RESPONSES ON SPEAK UP AUSTIN.

AND, UM, IN THE FUTURE QUARTERS WE'LL BE WORKING ON, UH, PROVIDING UPDATES TO WATER WASTEWATER COMMISSION.

WE'LL BE PLANNING TO COME BACK TO THIS TASK FORCE AS WELL IN THE FUTURE AND THEN DEVELOPING AN IMPLEMENTATION PLAN FOR THAT ORDINANCE.

UM, JUST TO MOVE TO THE NEXT PAGE, UH, WE HAVE A SPADE OF CODE CHANGES RELATED TO ONSITE WATER REUSE, BENCHMARKING AND RECLAIM WATER.

UM, UH, CENTRALIZED RECLAIM WATER CONNECTIONS IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF THE YEAR.

THE, THE STAFF WAS VERY BUSY, AS YOU CAN SEE BY ALL OF THE UPDATES THAT ARE INCLUDED IN THEIR, UM, THE, THEIR WORK INCLUDED WORKING INTERNALLY TO COORDINATE, UM, IMPLEMENTATION OF THE MANDATORY ONSITE WATER REUSE SYSTEM REQUIREMENT.

OUR STAFF HAVE ALSO BEEN WORKING ON A DUAL PLUMBING COST STUDY THAT'LL HELP TO INFORM COSTS FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF THE MANDATE.

UM, AND THEN OUR, OUR STAFF ARE ALSO WORKING WITH, UH, HOUSING AND PLANNING, OR I GUESS NOW IT'S THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT ON DEVELOPMENT OF AN AFFORDABILITY AND IMPACT STATEMENT.

UH, THAT'S DUE TO COUNSEL BY SEPTEMBER, 2023.

UH, JUST AS A REMINDER, THAT'S DUE IN ADVANCE OF THE EFFECTIVE DATE OF THE ONSITE WATER RIO SYSTEM REQUIREMENT.

THAT'LL BE IN DECEMBER OF 2023.

THE LINE BELOW SEEMS VERY SIMILAR TO, UH, THE LINE ABOVE, UM, BUT THE ONSITE WATER REUSE SYSTEM LINE ITEM IS MORE REFERRING TO THE PROGRAMMATIC IMPLEMENTATION OF OUR ONSITE WATER REUSE SYSTEMS REGULATORY FRAMEWORK.

UM, THAT, UH, IN, IN, UH, IN IMPLEMENTING THAT FRAMEWORK, OUR STAFF IS CONTINUING TO REVIEW ONSITE WATER REUSE APPLICATIONS THAT ARE COMING IN.

UM, THOSE AND REVIEWING WATER BENCHMARKING APPLICATIONS FOR ALL SITE PLANS THAT WERE SUBMITTED AFTER DECEMBER 1ST, 2021.

UM, WE, UH, ARE GONNA CONTINUE TO WORK ON USING THAT BENCHMARKING PROCESS TO IDENTIFY PROJECTS THAT ARE GONNA

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BE REQUIRED TO IMPLEMENT ONSITE WATER REUSE, UM, AND THEN TO, UH, CONTINUE TO WORK WITH APPLICANTS FOR INCENTIVE FUNDS, UM, TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY GET THEIR SYSTEMS PERMITTED AND THEIR INCENTIVE PROGRAM FUNDS APPLIED.

AND THEN MOVING ON TO THE NEXT PAGE ON THE DECENTRALIZED RECLAIM FRONT, OUR STAFF HAVE BEEN, UM, WORKING INTERNALLY, UH, INITIALLY TO SCOPE AND IMPLEMENT A PROJECT TO DEFINE SOME STANDARDS FOR A DECENTRALIZED WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLAN AND RECLAIMED INFRASTRUCTURE DESIGN ELEMENTS.

AND OUR STAFF HAVE CONTINUED TO DO DECENTRALIZED RECLAIMED, UH, PLANNING RELATED TO THE NORTHEAST AND AND SOUTHEAST SERVICE REGIONS.

UM, OUR STAFF ARE ALSO CONTINUING TO WORK ON, UH, CONCEPTUALIZING THE DECENTRALIZED RECLAIMED STRATEGY FOR INCLUSION IN THE WATER 4 20 24 UPDATE.

AND THEN ON THE CENTRALIZED RECLAIM FROM A LOT OF ACTIVITIES BEEN HAPPENING THERE.

UM, SOME OF THE KEY HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE, UH, THE, THAT, UH, DESIGN IS ONGOING FOR THE FINAL, COMPLETING THE CORE MAIN.

SO AS WE ARE ABLE TO, UM, CONTINUE WORKING THROUGH THAT PROCESS WILL BECOME, UH, EVER CLOSER TO, UM, ULTIMATELY COMPLETING THAT CORE LOOP AND, AND ENHANCING THE RESILIENCY OF OUR CENTRALIZED RECLAIM SYSTEM.

UM, AQUIFER STORAGE AND RECOVERY, A LOT OF ACTIVITY HAPPENING THERE AS WELL.

WE HELD, UM, VIRTUAL ON IN-PERSON COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS IN FALL OF 2022 AND WE'VE CONTINUED OUR WORK ON CHARACTERIZING DIFFERENT A S R PROJECT ALTERNATIVES AND FINALIZING OUR EVALUATION CRITERIA.

WE'RE ALSO, UM, WORKING ON EVALUATING PROJECT ALTERNATIVES USING AN EQUITY AND AFFORDABILITY LENS, UM, IN USING THE EQUITY AND AFFORDABILITY TOOL THAT WAS DEVELOPED FOR THAT PROJECT.

AND THEN ON THE LAST PAGE HERE, WE'VE INCLUDED AN ADDITIONAL LINE ITEM FOR WATER LOSS.

UM, WE HAVE, UH, IN Q1 CONTINUED OUR ONGOING EFFORTS RELATED TO WATER LOSS IN TERMS OF PROACTIVE LEAK DETECTION, MINIMIZING LEAK RESPONSE TIMES, REPLACING DETERIORATED INFRASTRUCTURE AND AMI IMPLEMENTATION.

UM, WE'VE ALSO BROUGHT ON, OR IN Q1 WE RECEIVED RESPONSES FOR A WATER LOSS PROGRAM, REVIEW ANALYSIS AND OPTIMIZATION RFQ.

AND, UM, WE HAVE BROUGHT ON A CONSULTANT SINCE THAT TIME, UH, TO HELP REVIEW OUR WATER LOSS PROGRAMS. THIS IS A NEW LINE ITEM AND UM, WE ARE STILL WORKING THROUGH WHAT STATS WE'RE HOPING TO INCLUDE ON THIS.

I JUST WANTED TO START OFF THE FISCAL YEAR BY HAVING AT LEAST SOME NARRATIVE UPDATES ON THE STRATEGY.

YEAH, I'M REALLY, I NOTICED THE WATER LOSS ONE IS ON THERE AND I DIDN'T REMEMBER SEEING IT BEFORE.

SO, UH, SO THANK, I'M GLAD TO SEE IT ON HERE.

UM, IT'S SUPER IMPORTANT AND ALSO GETTING LOTS OF ATTENTION OUT THERE IN THE WORLD THESE DAYS.

IT WOULD BE REALLY GREAT ONCE THIS PROGRAM REVIEW ANALYSIS AND OPTIMIZATION IS COMPLETED TO HAVE A REPORT TO THE TASK FORCE OR LIKE A SUMMARY ABOUT THE FINDINGS.

AND I REMEMBER BACK, UM, ON SOME COMMITTEE I WAS APPOINTED TO FOR THE CITY, I CAN'T REMEMBER WHICH ONE.

UM, BUT, UH, YOU KNOW, HEARING ABOUT, UM, IT'S PROBABLY WHEN I WAS ON ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION AND WE LOOK AT THE, THE BUDGET, UM, FOR AUSTIN WATER, SOME AND SOME PIECES OF IT, BUT, UH, YOU KNOW, HEARING LIKE STATS ABOUT, ABOUT, UM, WATER LOSS AND, AND LIKE THE MILES OF LINES AND, AND THE PROGRAMS AND STUFF.

JUST KIND OF THE SPECIFICS ABOUT WHAT AUSTIN IS DOING TO LOOK AT WATER LOSS AND, YOU KNOW, HOW MUCH YEAR OVER YEAR WE'RE INVESTING, WHETHER IT'S MORE OR LESS OR WHATEVER.

AT THAT POINT I SEEMED TO RECALL, THIS IS FUZZY CUZ IT'S, WHILE A WHILE BACK, AND I'M ALMOST PICTURING THERESA DELIVERING THIS INFORMATION TO US, BUT, UM, THAT, THAT THERE WAS, YOU KNOW, A A BIG IN A BIGGER INVESTMENT BEING MADE IN WATER LOSS THAT WAS GONNA BE SUSTAINED OVER TIME.

AND MAYBE THATS STILL HAPPENING, BUT I JUST REALLY REMEMBER, YOU KNOW, JUST NOTING THAT, THAT AUSTIN WAS MAKING THAT INVESTMENT AND THAT THE, THE KIND OF THE GOALS THAT WE HAD AS FAR AS, AS THE INTERVENTIONS THAT WE'RE GONNA DO, LIKE SHORTEN CALL TIMES OR ALL THESE THINGS.

SO THAT MAY BE IN IMPORTANT, USEFUL OR INTERESTING INFORMATION FOR FOLKS TO GET.

OR MAYBE IT'S JUST INTERESTING TO ME AND ROBERT, BUT, UM, I'M JUST GONNA PUT ROBERT IN THAT LIST AND SAY THAT HE'S GONNA BE INTERESTED IN THAT TOO.

UM, I DO HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT, I WAS LOOKING AT WATER FORWARD AND THE ESTIMATED YIELD FOR STRATEGIES THE OTHER DAY AS ONE DOES IN THEIR FREE TIME.

AND, UM, I WAS LOOKING AT THE WATER USE AND BENCHMARKING LINE ITEM, WHICH IS IN THE, IT'S, YOU KNOW,

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I THINK, YEAH, THERE IS A, AND I WAS NOTICING, SO FOR WATER USE, BENCHMARKING AND BUDGETING IN THE WATER FORWARD REPORT, THERE IS A LARGE AMOUNT OF WATER TO BE SEEN.

I WAS SURPRISED.

UM, AND YOU KNOW, THIS IS ONE OF THE THINGS LIKE, WE'RE GATHERING DATA AND WE'RE USING THAT DATA TO TALK TO DEVELOPERS AND TO HELP THEM MAKE BETTER DECISIONS.

AND I JUST WANTED TO, JUST LOOKING AT ALL THESE, THIS IS NOT THE ONE THAT WOULD NECESSARILY JUMP OUT TO SAY THAT AT THE END OF THIS, WE'RE GONNA BE SAVING 25,000 ACRE FEET PER YEAR.

WHAT IS IT? CAN YOU TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT, HOW WE GET THE BIG SAVINGS COMPARED TO A LOT OF THE OTHER STRATEGIES OUT OF THIS ONE? SURE.

UM, THAT IS A GREAT QUESTIONS BECAUSE THE STRATEGY DOES HAVE TWO PARTS TO IT.

THE WATER BENCHMARKING COMPONENT IS JUST US RECEIVING INFORMATION ABOUT A DEVELOPMENT'S POTENTIAL WATER USE AND USING THAT, UM, TO IDENTIFY OPPORTUNITIES FOR CONSERVATION ONSITE WATER REUSE CONNECTION TO OUR CENTRALIZED OR DECENTRALIZED RECLAIM SYSTEMS, ET CETERA.

THE BUDGETING COMPONENT OF WATER USE, BENCHMARKING AND BUDGETING IS A, A STRATEGY THAT WE HAD IDENTIFIED AS COMING ONLINE, I BELIEVE IT'S SOMETIME IN THE 2030S.

AND THAT WOULD BE, UM, MORE IN ALIGNMENT WITH LIKE A TRADITIONAL WATER BUDGETING APPROACH WHERE WE WOULD USE INFORMATION WE'VE GATHERED OVER MANY YEARS THROUGH THE BENCHMARKING APPLICATIONS TO SET VOLUMETRIC THRESHOLDS, UM, TO IDENTIFY APPROPRIATE LEVELS OF WATER USAGE FROM DIFFERENT TYPES OF DEVELOPMENT.

AND WE COULD TRY TO ENFORCE, UH, THAT, YOU KNOW, CUSTOMERS ARE USING WATER TO THAT VOLUMETRIC THRESHOLD BY A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT MEANS IN OTHER PLACES.

UM, THEY'VE DONE IT BY, UH, UH, IMPLYING THE SURCHARGE FOR WATER USAGE THAT'S ABOVE A CERTAIN THRESHOLD AND IT, IT DOES RAMP UP QUITE A BIT OUT IN THE FUTURE.

UM, I WON'T BE HERE TO SEE THAT HAPPEN, BUT IT'LL BE EXCITING FOR WHO'S HERE.

UM, ANY OTHER QUESTIONS ON THE WATERFORD 18? THE FOR IMPLEMENTATION UPDATE? I JUST JUMPED IN WITH MY QUESTIONS, WHICH IS RUDE.

I SHOULD LET OTHER PEOPLE ASK QUESTIONS FIRST.

OKAY, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

LET'S PROCEED

[4. Update on Water Forward 2024 project status, presented by Austin Water staff]

WITH OUR NEXT ITEM, WHICH IS WATERFORD 24, OUR WATERFORD UPDATE STATUS.

UM, I DON'T THINK THERE'S NOTES IN HERE FOR THIS ONE.

OH YEAH, THERE, IT'S, THERE'S WATERFORD 24 UPDATE SUBCOMMITTEE MEETING NOTES IN HERE, AND THEN THERE WAS ALSO ON FRIDAY A CLIMATE CHANGE ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

THAT MIGHT BE THE WRONG NAME.

UM, THOUGH NOT THE PRECISELY CORRECT NAME OF THAT COMMITTEE, UH, MEETING THAT, UM, ROBERT AND I WERE PART OF AS WELL AS, YOU KNOW, OTHER FOLKS THAT ARE MEMBERS OF THAT COMMITTEE, UM, JOHN NIELSEN, GAMMON AND OTHERS.

IT QUICKLY GOT OUT OF THE REALM OF WHAT I EVEN UNDERSTAND, BUT STILL IT WAS VERY INTERESTING AND WE WERE TALKING ABOUT HOW TO INTEGRATE ALL THE CLIMATE CHANGE INFORMATION INTO THE WATER AVAIL WATER AVAILABILITY, UM, MODEL.

UH, RICHARD HOP POWER IS DOING A PRESENTATION, SO THERE'LL BE NOTES ON THAT UPCOMING TOO, BUT THERE'S SOME KIND OF OTHER PIECES OF THIS HAPPENING.

RIGHT.

YEAH.

AND, UH, SORRY WE WEREN'T ABLE TO PUT TOGETHER THOSE NOTES IN, IT WAS JUST FRIDAY.

YEAH, IT WAS ON FRIDAY AND , IT WAS ON FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

IT WAS ON FRIDAY A NOTES, SO IT WAS AFTER THE POSTING DEADLINE.

UM, BUT WE WILL HAVE THOSE NOTES PUT TOGETHER AND, AND PROVIDED FOR, UH, A SUBSEQUENT TASK FORCE MEETING.

I THINK OUR NEXT ONE IS ON MAY 9TH, SO WE'LL HAVE THOSE NOTES BY THEM.

UM, AND I'M DOING WAY TOO MUCH TALKING, SO I'LL RECTIFY THAT IN FUTURE MEETINGS.

BUT, UM, FOR OUR TASK PROGRESS UPDATE, IF YOU CAN MOVE TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

OKAY.

SO WE'VE GOT, UM, OUR TASKS LISTED OUT HERE AND, UM, I'LL JUST GO THROUGH THESE QUICKLY.

UH, IN TERMS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT, WE ARE BRINGING ON, UM, UH, CONSULTANTS TO HELP US WITH A WATER MANAGEMENT STRATEGY, OPTIMIZATION AND VULNERABILITY ANALYSIS.

AND THEN WE'RE ALSO BRINGING ON A, A CONSULTANT OFF OF A ROTATION LIST TO HELP US WITH, UM, CHARACTERIZING OUR WATER MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES.

I'M GONNA TALK JUST REALLY QUICKLY ABOUT WHAT THOSE TWO THINGS MEAN.

CHARACTERIZING OUR WATER MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES MEANS DEVELOPING INFORMATION ABOUT CONSERVATION, REUSE AND SUPPLY STRATEGIES, LIKE HOW MUCH THEY COST, HOW MUCH, UM, WATER SAVINGS OR YIELDS THEY PROVIDE AND OTHER INFORMATION, UM, ABOUT THEIR IMPLEMENTATION.

UM, ESPECIALLY, YOU KNOW, THIS TIME AROUND WE'RE GONNA BE GATHERING INFORMATION AND ALIGNMENT WITH OUR EQUITY AND AFFORDABILITY FRAMEWORK THAT WE'LL TALK ABOUT IN THE NEXT ITEM.

THE WATER MANAGEMENT STRATEGY OPTIMIZATION AND VULNERABILITY ANALYSIS,

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UM, REFERS TO TWO DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES THAT WE'LL BE DOING THE OPTIMIZATION, WE'LL BE LOOKING AT DIFFERENT COMBINATIONS OF WATER MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES, SO CONSERVATION, REUSE AND SUPPLY STRATEGIES, AND HOW THEY PERFORM AGAINST VARIOUS HYDROLOGIC DEMAND AND SUPPLY SCENARIOS.

WE'LL BE RUNNING DIFFERENT COMBINATIONS OF STRATEGIES AGAINST HUNDREDS OF DIFFERENT SCENARIOS TO SEE WHICH ARE THE BEST PERFORMING STRATEGIES, ESPECIALLY IN TERMS OF WATER SUPPLY, RELIABILITY AND RESILIENCE.

THE VULNERABILITY ANALYSIS WILL BE LOOKING AT ESSENTIALLY WHAT ARE, UH, WHAT CONDITIONS CAUSE OUR COMBINATIONS OF WATER MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES TO NOT MEET OUR WATER NEEDS.

AND IN IDENTIFYING, UM, THOSE AREAS WHERE WE ARE EXPERIENCING STRESSORS, UM, WILL BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY THRESHOLDS THAT COULD, UH, INFORM US WHEN WE NEED TO ADAPT OUR WATER MANAGEMENT STRATEGY PORTFOLIO MOVING OUT INTO THE FUTURE.

SO IF YOU CAN THINK ABOUT OUR FULL 100 YEAR PLAN, THE FIRST 50 YEARS WILL BE A MORE DETERMINISTIC SET OF STRATEGIES.

THE FULL 100 YEAR PLAN WILL LOOK MORE LIKE A DECISION TREE, AND IN THAT DECISION TREE THERE WILL BE DECISION POINTS WHERE, UM, WE HAVE, UH, TRIGGERS THAT MIGHT PROMPT US TO MOVE DOWN AN, UH, UH, AN IMPLEMENTATION PATHWAY.

UM, YOU KNOW, CHOOSING MORE CONSERVATION OR MORE IMPLEMENTATION OF REUSE, UM, MOVING DOWN DIFFERENT PATHWAYS IN TERMS OF WHICH SUPPLY STRATEGIES WE NEED TO BRING ONLINE TO MEET WATER NEEDS A HUNDRED YEARS OUT INTO THE FUTURE.

SO I KNOW THAT'S A LOT OF GOBBLED TO GOO IN THE FIRST LINE , AND I WANTED TO TAKE JUST A MOMENT.

IT'S, I KNOW IT'S BEEN A WHILE SINCE I'VE DONE THIS MUCH TALKING TOO, SO I NEED TO PRACTICE MY BREATHING.

UM, TASK NUMBER TWO, UM, COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, UH, PRIMARILY JANE.

JANELLE HAS BEEN WORKING, UH, WITH OUR CG TO GATHER COMMUNITY FEEDBACK AND DEVELOP THE DRAFT EQUITY AND AFFORDABILITY ROADMAP THAT WE'LL TALK ABOUT TODAY.

OUR TEAM HAS ON TASK THREE SUBSTANTIALLY COMPLETED OUR PLAN METHODOLOGY, UM, THAT INCLUDES, UH, IMPROVEMENTS THAT WE JUST TALKED THROUGH WITH TASK ONE.

UM, WE ARE CURRENTLY WORKING ON TASK FOUR.

WE'RE INCORPORATING OUR FINALIZED POPULATION AND EMPLOYMENT PROJECTIONS, WHICH WERE PRESENTED IN DECEMBER INTO OUR DISAGGREGATED DEMAND MODEL TO DEVELOP OUR 100 YEAR DEMAND FORECAST.

AND WE HOPE TO HAVE THOSE COMPLETED IN THIS MONTH AND ARE PLANNING TO PRESENT THOSE TO THE TASK FORCE AT THE MAY 9TH MEETING.

UM, AND TASK FIVE FOR OUR CLIMATE AND HYDROLOGY WORK.

UM, WE'VE CONTINUED TO, UM, WORK WITH UT LIKE JENNIFER MENTIONED, WE MET WITH OUR, UH, CLIMATE TECHNICAL ADVISORY GROUP ON FRIDAY AND THAT WORK IS REALLY NEARING SUBSTANTIAL COMPLETION.

OUR TEAM IS, UH, GONNA CONTINUE TO DEVELOP ARTICLES AND MEMORANDUM THAT ARE, UH, GONNA FORM THE BASIS FOR SOME JOURNAL ARTICLES THAT WILL BE SUBMITTING FOR PEER REVIEW.

WE WANT THIS WORK TO BE PEER REVIEWED AND, AND PRETTY ROBUST.

AND SO IF YOU GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE ON TASK SIX, OUR NEEDS ASSESSMENT, UM, OUR PROJECT TEAM HAS BEEN UPDATING THE REGIONAL DEMANDS AS WELL AS SUPPLIES THAT'LL GO INTO, UH, THE WATER AVAILABILITY MODEL TO PERFORM THAT ANALYSIS.

WE'RE ALSO GATHERING FEEDBACK FROM THE LOWER COLORADO RIVER AUTHORITY ON THOSE ASSUMPTIONS.

WE HOPE TO HAVE THAT WORK COMPLETED IN MAY OR JUNE OF 2023.

AND THEN, UH, THE NEXT TASK, TASK SEVEN, OUR WATER MANAGEMENT STRATEGY CHARACTERIZATION.

RIGHT NOW WE'RE WORKING INTERNALLY TO GATHER DATA AND INFORMATION AND MEET WITH, UM, STAFF, UH, TO BEGIN UPDATING THE WATERFORD 18 STRATEGIES THAT WORK WE'RE PLANNING TO HAVE COMPLETED BY MID-OCTOBER 2023.

AND THEN, UM, TASK EIGHT, YOU'LL SEE THAT'S SPLIT UP INTO TWO.

THE WATER MANAGEMENT STRATEGY OPTIMIZATION AND THE VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENT THAT WE JUST TALKED ABOUT.

THE OPTIMIZATION WORK WE'RE HOPING TO HAVE COMPLETED BY THE END OF CALENDAR YEAR 2023.

AND THEN THE VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENT WOULD BE MAY OF 2024.

SO THE PORTFOLIO EVALUATION AND THE ADAPTIVE MANAGEMENT PLAN DEVELOPMENT, YOU CAN ENVISION THAT TAKING PLACE FROM ABOUT JANUARY, 2024 TO JUNE, 2024, WHERE WE WOULD TAKE THOSE, UM, TOP PERFORMING WATER MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES, UM, FROM THE WATER MANAGEMENT STRATEGY OPTIMIZATION, WE WOULD TURN THOSE INTO SOME 50 YEAR PORTFOLIOS AND THEN EVALUATE THOSE AGAINST OUR MULTI-CRITERIA DECISION ANALYSIS FRAMEWORK THAT INCLUDES THINGS THAT ARE BEYOND JUST WATER SUPPLY RELIABILITY,

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UM, THAT INCLUDE LIKE COST, SOCIAL FACTORS, ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS, IMPLEMENTATION CHALLENGES, THINGS LIKE THAT.

AND THEN, UM, WE, IN TEST 10 WE WOULD BE DEVELOPING OUR PLAN RECOMMENDATIONS AND THE FINAL REPORT WE'RE CONTINUING TO DEVELOP DRAFT TECHNICAL MEMORANDUM AS OUR TASKS ARE BEING COMPLETED.

THESE TECHNICAL MEMORANDUM WILL BE THE BASIS FOR THE FINAL PLAN REPORT AND A PLAN SUMMARY DOCUMENT.

AND WE HOPE TO HAVE THAT COMPLETED IN FALL OF 2024.

THE FINAL PLAN REPORT WILL BE A COMPILATION OF THOSE TECHNICAL MEMORANDA.

AND THEN OUR GOAL THIS TIME, INSTEAD OF HAVING LIKE A 500 PAGE PLAN DOCUMENT IS TO HAVE A PLANNED SUMMARY DOCUMENT THAT WOULD BE MORE APPROACHABLE, UM, TO THE PUBLIC, YOU KNOW, MORE, UH, WRITTEN IN PLAIN LANGUAGE.

UM, THAT'S MORE IN THE, UH, NEIGHBORHOOD OF, YOU KNOW, 50 PAGES, 40 TO 50 PAGES.

AND THEN THE TECHNICAL MEMORANDUM WOULD HAVE KIND OF THE FULL DETAILS FOR FOLKS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN THAT.

SO WE'RE, THAT'S OUR GOAL IS TO COMPLETE THIS BY FALL OF 2024.

NOW WE MAY WE'LL STILL NEED TO GO THROUGH BOARD TASK FORCE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS AND COUNCIL APPROVAL PROCESSES AND THAT MAY TAKE US INTO THE EARLY PART OF 2025.

BUT, UM, WE'RE PUSHING TO GET A LOT OF THESE COMPONENTS DONE BECAUSE WE'RE ALSO TRYING TO STAY IN ALIGNMENT AS MUCH AS WE CAN WITH THE REGIONAL WATER PLANNING PROCESS SO THAT OUR WATER MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES FROM WATER FORWARD FEED INTO THE REGION K PLAN.

WELL, DOES THE PLAN NEED TO BE ADOPTED IN ORDER TO FEED THE STRATEGIES INTO REGION? K? I DON'T THINK THAT IT, THAT IT DOES, RIGHT? I DON'T THINK SO.

WELL THAT WOULD BE GOOD.

I DON'T THINK WE, WE WILL MAKE LIKE COUNCIL APPROVAL BY THE TIME THAT THE, UH, WATER MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES, BY THE TIME THAT THAT TASK IS DONE, UM, IN THE REGIONAL WATER PLANNING PROCESS.

OKAY.

BUT I THINK WE'LL MAKE THE JUNE, 2024 IF WE GET TO JUNE, 2024 AND WE HAVE, YOU KNOW, GOOD ALIGNMENT IN TERMS OF, YOU KNOW, OUR TASK FORCE AND IF WE'RE ABLE TO GIVE SOME UPDATES AND ADVANCE OF THAT TO OTHER BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS AND RELEVANT COMMITTEES OF COUNCIL, I THINK WE CAN FEEL FAIRLY COMFORTABLE WITH WHAT WE INCLUDED IN THE REGIONAL WATER PLANNING PROCESS.

OKAY.

UM, ANY QUESTIONS, UM, FROM THE TASK FORCE ABOUT THIS SCHEDULE OR, OR THE ITEMS ON IT? NOT THE SCHEDULE NECESSARILY.

OKAY.

UM, JUST UPDATING THE PLAN IS LIKE LOTS AND LOTS OF WORK SPECIALISTS IMPLEMENTING.

YEAH.

UM, OKAY.

SO

[5. Presentation of draft Equity and Affordability Roadmap, presented by Austin Water staff]

LET'S KEEP MOVING.

WE'RE GONNA MOVE TO THE PRESENT.

WELL, I LOST MY AGENDA, UM, THE PRESENTATION OF THE EQUITY AFFORDABILITY ROADMAP AND, UH, CAN I ASK A QUESTION REAL QUICK ABOUT THE WATER UNI WATER 40 UNIVERSITY? SO I HAVE THAT ON MY SCHEDULE FOR LAST WEEK, BUT I DIDN'T EVER GET A NOTICE ABOUT IT.

UM, BECAUSE I THINK AT ONE OF OUR SUBCOMMITTEE MEETING WE WERE TOLD ABOUT IT TO PUT IT ON OUR CALENDAR AND I, SO I ASSUMED IT JUST KIND OF JUST WASN'T HAPPENING CUZ SOMETIMES THE MEETINGS DON'T HAPPEN.

BUT, UM, SO THAT DID HAPPEN AND IT, UM, ARE THERE MORE SCHEDULED? UH, WE PLAN TO HAVE SOME MORE, UM, THE IDEAS FOR EACH OF THEM TO BE RECORDED AND ALSO POSTED ON OUR SPEAK UP BOSTON PAGE FOR THOSE THAT WEREN'T ABLE TO ATTEND TO BE ABLE TO WATCH IT.

UM, THEY'RE NOT POSTED RIGHT NOW, BUT WE CAN LET YOU GUYS KNOW WHEN, WHEN THEY ARE POSTED AND SEND YOU THAT RECORDING.

UH, THE PRESENTATION THAT WE'RE ABOUT TO DO IS BASED PRETTY MUCH THE SAME THAT WE DID FOR THAT SESSION.

UM, BUT WATER FORWARD UNIVERSITY, UH, WE'RE TRYING TO GIVE MORE PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS ABOUT EACH OF OUR TASKS FOR WATER FORWARD 24 JUST SO THAT WE CAN, YOU KNOW, INCREASE OUR PUBLIC WATER KNOWLEDGE AND GET PEOPLE TO REALLY UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS A, A ROBUST PROCESS AND THAT, YOU KNOW, WE ARE PLANNING, UM, WITH EQUITY AND, UM, DROUGHT AND CLIMATE CHANGE IN MIND.

OKAY.

THAT'S WONDERFUL.

I THINK THAT'S GREAT THAT WE'RE DOING THAT.

CAN WE, UM, CAN WE MAKE SURE THAT THE TASK FORCE MEMBERS GET INVITATIONS TO THOSE WHEN THEY HAPPEN? CUZ I BET PEOPLE, I MEAN I WAS PLANNING ON JOINING THAT ONE.

UM, CUZ UH, YOU KNOW, I LOVE GOING TO UNIVERSITY FOR FREE, SO ESPECIALLY ON SUCH A RIVETING TOPIC.

UM, OKAY, WELL LET'S GET INTO OUR EQUITY AND AFFORDABILITY ROADMAP AND I'M GLAD THAT WE GET TO HAVE A REDO OF WATER 40 UNIVERSITY FOR THIS MEETING ANYWAY.

SO

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IS THAT GONNA BE UJ NOW? MOSTLY.

ALL RIGHT.

TEAMWORK.

ALL RIGHT.

OKAY.

SURE THING.

OKAY.

UM, CAN YOU GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE? OKAY.

SO, UM, WE, WE WANTED TO BEGIN THIS, UH, PRESENTATION WITH A LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT.

THIS HAS BEEN ADAPTED FROM A LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT THAT WAS DEVELOPED BY S AND TONY WARD WHO WORKED ON THE CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN.

THE LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT STATES, WE ACKNOWLEDGE WITH RESPECT THAT THE LAND WE ARE ON IS THE TRADITIONAL AND ANCESTRAL HOMELANDS OF THET, KAWA, LE APACHE, PUEBLO, TEXAS BAND OF YAKI INDIANS AND OTHER INDIGENOUS PEOPLES NOT EXPLICITLY STATED.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THE LONG HISTORY THAT HAS BROUGHT US TO RESIDE ON THE LAND AND TO SEEK TO ACKNOWLEDGE OUR PLACE WITHIN THAT HISTORY.

AND WE BEGIN IN THAT WAY BECAUSE, UM, IN WORKING WITH THE CITY OF AUSTIN'S EQUITY OFFICE, UM, WE HAVE LEARNED, UH, AS WELL AS WITH OTHER EQUITY, UM, UH, LEADERS, UH, WE HAVE LEARNED THE IMPORTANCE OF ACKNOWLEDGING HISTORY, UM, AND ITS IMPACTS ON THE, UH, SYSTEMIC, UH, RACISM AND OPPRESSIONS THAT PEOPLE'S EXPERIENCE TODAY AND THAT, UM, WE ACCOMPLISH OUR WORK IN TODAY.

UH, IF YOU CAN MOVE TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

SO JUST TO REVISIT OUR WATER FORWARD 2024 MISSION STATEMENT, UH, THE MISSION STATEMENT OF THE PLAN IS TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT DIVERSE WATER MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES TO ADAPT TO GROWTH, DROUGHT, AND CLIMATE CHANGE, AND ENSURE A SUSTAINABLE, RESILIENT, EQUITABLE AND AFFORDABLE WATER FEATURE FOR OUR COMMUNITY FOR THE NEXT 100 YEARS.

UM, AND WITH A FOCUS ON THE WORD EQUITABLE FOR THIS PRESENTATION, YOU CAN MOVE TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

UM, OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES ALSO INCLUDED A GUIDING PRINCIPLE, UH, UH, SEVERAL GUIDING PRINCIPLES THAT RELATE TO THIS PRESENTATION TO USE A HOLISTIC AND INCLUSIVE APPROACH TO WATER RESOURCE PLANNING THAT INCORPORATES AUSTIN C COMMUNITIES VALUES AND TO USE AN EQUITY AND AFFORDABILITY LENS TO DEVELOP AND IMPLEMENT THE PLAN.

AND, UM, WE WILL DESCRIBE IN THE NEXT SERIES OF SLIDES HOW WE HAVE, UM, SOUGHT TO OPERATIONALIZE USING AN EQUITY AND AFFORDABILITY LENS, UM, IN THE WATER 4 20 24 UPDATE.

IF YOU CAN MOVE TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

SO WE'VE, UM, ENGAGED IN SEVERAL DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES.

THE FIRST IS THAT WE HELD A STEP EQUITY TRAINING, GIVE US A THREE DAY EQUITY TRAINING FOR AUSTIN WATER, UH, STAFF WHO WOULD BE INVOLVED IN THE PLAN DEVELOPMENT PROCESS.

UM, THAT WAS FACILITATED BY AN OUTSIDE CONSULTANT, JOYCE JAMES CONSULTING.

UM, AND WE ALSO HELD AN EQUITY GROUNDING FOR OUR COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS GROUP, AS WELL AS, UM, SEVERAL MEMBERS OF OUR WATER FORWARD TASK FORCE AND SEVERAL MEMBERS OF STAFF.

UM, THAT EQUITY GROUNDING, UH, INCLUDED, UM, OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN MORE FROM OUR CITY OF AUSTIN EQUITY OFFICE, AS WELL AS OTHER CITY DEPARTMENTS WHO HAVE, UM, DONE SIMILAR TYPES OF PLANNING WORK IN HOW THEY'VE INCORPORATED EQUITY INTO THEIR WORK.

UM, THROUGH THOSE TRAININGS AND GROUNDINGS, UM, WE SOUGHT TO DEVELOP A SHARED EQUITY LENS AND TO DISCUSS, UH, CREATE A SPACE TO DISCUSS INSTITUTIONAL AND STRUCTURAL RACISM IN THE HISTORICAL AS WELL AS THE CURRENT CONTEXT.

UM, THE AUSTIN WATER ALSO FORMED ITS FIRST COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS GROUP BUILDING OFF OF THE EXAMPLE OF THE CLIMATE EQUITY PLAN AND OTHER, UM, ENDEAVORS THAT THE, THE CITY HAS, UM, ENGAGED IN.

THAT COMMUNITY AMBASSADORS GROUP WAS FORMED TO HELP DEVELOP THE WATER FORWARD 2024 EQUITY AND AFFORDABILITY ROADMAP AND TOOL THAT THEY MET FROM MARCH, 2022 UNTIL MARCH, 2023 FOR THAT SPECIFIC PURPOSE.

AND THEN THE EQUITY AND AFFORDABILITY ROADMAP AND TOOL, UM, IS A, A DOCUMENT AS, UH, WELL AS A FRAMEWORK, UM, THAT HELPS US TO EVALUATE THE DISTRIBUTION OF BENEFITS AND BURDENS FROM PLAN IMPLEMENTATION OUTCOMES.

LOOKING AT, UM, THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PLAN FROM A DISTRIBUTIVE EQUITY PERSPECTIVE, AS WELL AS FROM A PROCEDURAL EQUITY PERSPECTIVE IN TRYING TO DESCRIBE APPROACHES TO HAVE MORE EQUITABLE COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.

IF YOU GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, I THINK THIS IS THE POINT AT WHICH I HAD HANDED OVER TO JANNO.

HELLO AGAIN.

UM, SO, UH, Y'ALL HAVE SEEN THIS, UH, FIGURE A FEW TIMES BEFORE.

UM, IT OUTLINES OUR, UH, TIMELINE OF TASKS FOR THE WATER FORWARD 2024 PLAN UPDATE PROCESS, AND THE PURPLE BOXES ALONGSIDE IT SHOW OUR EQUITY AND AFFORDABILITY WORK.

UM, YOU CAN SEE THE VERY FIRST ONE IS DEVELOPING AN EQUITY AND AFFORDABILITY ROADMAP AND FRAMEWORK THAT WE'LL GET INTO TODAY.

UM, IT'S ALSO INCLUDED IN

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YOUR PACKETS.

UM, AND OUR NEXT FEW STEPS INCLUDE DEVELOPING AN EQUITY AND AFFORDABILITY TOOL, UM, AND UPDATING OUR EDUCATION AND ENGAGEMENT PLAN BASED ON RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THAT.

UM, MARISA TALKED EARLIER ABOUT CHARACTERIZING WATER MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES, UM, THAT WILL BE DONE IN ALIGNMENT WITH THE EQUITY AND AFFORDABILITY TOOL, AS WELL AS USING THAT TOOL TO EVALUATE PORTFOLIOS AND THEN REFINE THOSE PORTFOLIOS, UH, A LITTLE BIT LATER WITH SOME OF THESE OUTPUTS.

WE CAN GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

UM, SO IT WAS IMPORTANT FOR US TO BEGIN THIS EFFORT BY RECOGNIZING HISTORY AND HOW IT'S SHAPED MARGINALIZED COMMUNITIES TODAY.

UM, I'M SURE A LOT OF YOU HAVE A MUCH STRONGER AND DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF TEXAS HISTORY, THOSE OF YOU THAT WERE BORN AND RAISED HERE, UM, THAN I DO.

BUT, UH, WE HAVE A FEW SLIDES TO JUST GO OVER SOME, SOME KEY POINTS.

UM, AND BY ACKNOWLEDGING THE ORIGINAL HOMELAND OF NATIVE PEOPLES AND POLICIES THAT RESTRICTED, UH, THE RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES OF, OF SO MANY PEOPLE, UM, BLACK, MEXICAN, UH, ASIAN AND INDIGENOUS PEOPLE, UM, WE CAN COME TO AN UNDERSTANDING THAT HISTORY, YOU KNOW, HAS CREATED A A S STRUC, THE STRUCTURAL AND INSTITUTIONAL INEQUALITIES THAT, UM, WE EXPERIENCE TODAY.

UM, OUR EQUITY AND AFFORDABILITY ROADMAP.

UM, AND OUR NEXT DRAFT WILL INCLUDE A, A MORE ROBUST HISTORY, UM, THAT WE'LL SEND TO YOU ALL AS WELL.

UM, BUT TODAY WE'RE JUST GONNA SUMMARIZE, UH, SOME HISTORICAL INFORMATION RELATED TO RACE AND GOVERNMENT POLICIES.

UM, SO FIRST SLIDE TALKS A LITTLE BIT ABOUT, UM, TEXAS AND AUSTIN HISTORY, HOW TEXAS WAS, UM, YOU KNOW, UNDER SPANISH COLONIZATION FOR A WHILE, A PART OF MEXICO.

UM, THERE WAS SOME TENSION, UH, REGARDING SLAVERY BETWEEN TEXAS AND MEXICO.

UM, THERE WAS A TEXAS REVOLUTION AND INDEPENDENCE FROM MEXICO AND, UH, EVENTUALLY WAS ANNEXED BACK INTO THE UNITED STATES IN 19 18 45.

THE CITY OF AUSTIN WAS INCORPORATED IN 1839 AND ESTABLISHED BY THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS TO SERVE AS ITS PERMANENT CAPITAL.

UM, AND THEN BY 1840, UM, THERE'S A STATISTIC THAT HAS, UM, AUSTIN, INCLUDING 856, UH, TOTAL INHABITANTS AND 145 SLAVES TO GET AN IDEA OF THAT RATIO.

UH, WE CAN GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

UM, SO THERE WERE A LOT OF, UM, FREEDMAN'S COMMUNITIES AND MEXICAN OR TEJANOS COMMUNITIES, UM, PREVALENT IN AUSTIN UP UNTIL ABOUT 1928.

UM, AFTER EMANCIPATION, A LOT OF, YOU KNOW, DIFFERENT RACIAL GROUPS FORMED THEIR OWN KIND OF COMMUNITIES AROUND THE CITY.

UM, AND WE'VE ALSO TALKED ABOUT THIS IN SOME OF OUR EQUITY GROUNDINGS, AND THE EQUITY OFFICE GAVE US A PRESENTATION IN DECEMBER THAT GETS A LITTLE BIT DEEPER INTO THIS HISTORY.

UM, BUT THE 1928 COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, UH, HAD LIMITED SERVICES TO RESIDENTS BASED ON RACE.

UM, BLACK PEOPLE HAD TO MOVE IN ORDER TO RECEIVE CERTAIN CITY SERVICES.

MEXICAN AMERICAN RESIDENTS WERE PUSHED TO EAST AUSTIN FROM OLD MEXICO TO MAKE ROOM FOR OFFICE BUILDINGS AND CITY BUILDINGS DOWNTOWN.

UM, AND A LOT OF CHINESE IMMIGRANTS WERE PROHIBITED FROM OWNING PROPERTY.

UM, THERE WERE FURTHER INJUSTICES, UH, WITH CITY DEVELOPMENT PLANS THAT ALLOWED FOR MORE INDUSTRY IN THE QUOTE UNQUOTE LEASE DESIRABLE AREAS OF THE CITY ON THE EAST SIDE AND AWAY FROM A LOT OF OUR NATURAL AREAS, SEARCH SUCH AS BARTON SPRINGS AND ITS AQUIFER RECHARGE ZONES.

UM, THIS INFORMATION REALLY SEEKS TO PLACE THOSE, THESE EVENTS IN CONTEXT AND UNDERSTAND THE HISTORICAL POLICIES AND PRACTICES.

UM, AND THE MAP SHOWS, UH, THE IMPACTS OF THE 1928 PLAN AND RACIAL CONCENTRATIONS IN 1928 THROUGH THE 1930S.

AND, UM, THESE ARE SOME MAPS