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 enhance the quality of life of the Texans we serve through water stewardship, energy and community service.
Each of the
four regional councils includes up to 30 community volunteers appointed by the LCRA Board of Directors. The councils meet four times a year with LCRA staff to provide feedback, help identify and analyze regional issues and consider solutions. Council members share information from those meetings with members of their local communities.
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.
- Central Basin: Blanco, Burnet, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties.
- Mid-Basin: Bastrop, Caldwell, Comal, Dewitt, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Lavaca and Lee counties.
- Lower Basin: Austin, Colorado, Fayette, Matagorda, Waller, Washington and Wharton counties.
In general, council members:
- Learn about LCRA issues, projects and activities.
- Share information about these topics with members of their local communities.
- Represent their communities and work with them and LCRA to promote clear, accurate understanding of LCRA issues, projects and activities.
- Understand and articulate a thorough knowledge of community needs, interests and viewpoints.
- Choose to serve either a two-year or four-year term.
- Attend at least four 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.