LCRA’s Regional Councils are an important communications link between LCRA and communities throughout the lower Colorado River basin. Members offer insight into local topics and share information from council meetings with their communities to provide a clear, accurate understanding of issues related to LCRA.
The councils focus on regional issues related to LCRA’s mission to provide reliable, cost-effective electric, water and other public services of value and to be a responsible steward of the river and the basin’s natural resources.
Each of the four Regional Councils includes up to 30 community volunteers appointed by the LCRA Board of Directors. The councils meet at least every other month with LCRA staff to provide feedback, help identify and analyze regional issues and consider solutions.
Each council has an LCRA facilitator who arranges and plans meetings with the chair and vice chair of the individual councils. Each meeting includes discussion of LCRA-related topics and a presentation from an expert on a topic of interest.
The Regional Councils include the following LCRA service areas:
- Upper Basin: Bandera, Gillespie, Hamilton, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Lampasas, Llano, Mason, McCulloch, Menard, Mills and San Saba counties. LCRA Board appoints new members to Upper Basin Regional Council
- Central Basin: Blanco, Burnet, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties. LCRA board appoints new members to Central Basin Regional Council
- Mid-Basin: Bastrop, Caldwell, Comal, Dewitt, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Lavaca and Lee counties. LCRA board appoints new members to Mid-Basin Regional Council
- Lower Basin: Austin, Colorado, Fayette, Matagorda, Waller, Washington and Wharton counties. LCRA board appoints new members to Lower Basin Regional Council
In general, council members:
- Represent their communities and work with them and LCRA to promote clear, accurate understanding of the issues related to population growth.
- Learn about and discuss LCRA issues, projects and activities.
- Understand and articulate a thorough knowledge of community needs, interests and viewpoints.
- Share information with community groups.
- Sign a charter to help ensure trust and credibility and make a commitment to LCRA and their communities.
- Choose to serve either a two- or four-year term.
- Attend at least six two-hour meetings a year. Occasionally, the meeting length may be more than two hours because of a special tour or presentation. The meeting locations will be in the region and will vary.
- Elect a chair and vice chair who meet at least quarterly to plan for council meetings.