PLEASE NOTE: South Plains Association of Governments (SPAG) is the new political subdivision administering the 5th cycle of regional water planning for the Llano Estacado Regional Water Planning Group. Contact Kelly Davila or Belinda Solis if you have questions or need additional information.
The Llano Estacado Regional Water Planning Area (Region O) includes 21 counties in the Southern High Plains of Texas. Major cities in the region include Brownfield, Hereford, Lamesa, Levelland, Lubbock, and Plainview.
Counties in the region include: Bailey, Briscoe, Castro, Cochran, Crosby, Dawson, Deaf Smith, Dickens, Floyd, Gaines, Garza, Hale, Hockley, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn, Motley, Parmer, Swisher, Terry, and Yoakum.
The Llano Estacado Regional Water Planning Group (LERWPG) is tasked with developing and adopting a regional water plan in accordance with Senate Bill 1 and Senate Bill 2 as passed by the Texas Legislature.
The group's mission statement is to "develop, promote, and implement water conservation, augmentation, and management strategies to provide adequate water supplies for the Llano Estacado Regional Water Planning Area and to stabilize or improve the economic and social viability and longevity of the region through these activities.”
The Planning Group
The LERPWG is composed of planning group members representing 11 specific water user groups. It is guided by the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) in Austin, led by an Executive Committee, governed by LERWPG By-Laws, and supported by the South Plains Association of Governments (SPAG), a local political subdivision.
TWDB ADOPTS 2017 STATE WATER PLAN at their May 19, 2016 Board Meeting in Austin.
TWDB APPROVES 2016 REGION O WATER MANAGEMENT PLAN at its December 14, 2015 meeting in Austin.
LERWPG ADOPTS 2016 WATER PLAN AT NOV. 12 MEETING -- The Llano Estacado Regional Water Planning Group adopted the 2016 water plan at their November 12, 2015 meeting. The plan will be submitted to the state before the December 1, 2015 statutory deadline.
NEW POLITICAL SUBDIVISION TO SERVE AS REGION O ADMINISTRATOR -- Starting in 2016, the South Plains Association of Governments (SPAG) will serve as the political subdivision administering the Llano Estacado Regional Water Planning Group. These duties will be transferred from the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District, which has served in this capacity for the past 18 years.