The regional plan for the Llano Estacado Regional Water Planning Area is being revised and updated by a volunteer group of members representing water use categories within the region. The regional planning group voting membership is currently limited to 25 persons. This group was appointed by the Texas Water Development Board from nominations by area citizens. There are 6 non-voting members, including the Texas Water Development Board project manager, representatives from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Department of Agriculture, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, and a Designated Liaison from adjacent RWPG (Region G), and the regional water planning group’s technical consultant, as required by TWDB regional water planning rules.

Members of the Llano Estacado Regional Water Planning Group’s Executive Committee are: Chairman Aubrey A. Spear, PE.,  Vice-Chairman Mark Kirkpatrick, and Secretary-Treasurer Dr. Ken Rainwater.


Melanie Barnes, Ph. D.2025PublicLubbock, TX
Jason Coleman, PE2024Water DistrictsLubbock, TX
Harry DeWit2021AgriculturalFriona, TX
Carrie Dodson2022Groundwater Management Areas (#6)Quanah, TX
Dr. Chris Grotegut, DVM2021AgriculturalHereford, TX
Joey Hardin2022IndustriesLubbock, TX
Ronnie Hopper2022Groundwater Management Areas (#2)Petersburg, TX
Shane Jones2021Water UtilitiesSpur, TX
Mark Kirkpatrick2022AgriculturalPost, TX
Don McElroy2022Small BusinessesMuleshoe, TX
Alan Monroe2025Municipalities (small) less than 10,000Friona, TX
Charlie Morris2022CountiesSpur, TX
Ken Rainwater, Ph. D.2022PublicLubbock, TX
Jeff Sammon2022River AuthoritiesWaco, TX
Kent Satterwhite, PE2022Water UtilitiesSanford, TX
Jeffery Snyder2021Municipalities (medium) 10-30,000Plainview, TX
Aubrey Spear, PE2025Municipalities (large) 30,000 or moreLubbock, TX
Jim Steiert2022EnvironmentalHereford, TX
Ben Weinheimer, Sr., PE2022AgriculturalAmarillo, TX
Bret Yeary, PE2025Electric Generating UtilitiesLubbock, TX
Lincoln Devault 2027AgriculturalFarwell, TX


Jean DevlinTexas Water Development Board (TWDB) Project ManagerAustin, TX
Heather JohnsonTexas Parks and Wildlife DepartmentLubbock, TX
Jason LindemanTexas Commission on Environmental QualityLubbock, TX
Carol FaulkenberryTexas Department of AgricultureCanyon, TX
Rusty RayTexas State Soil and Water Conservation BoardTemple, TX
VacantRegion G Liaison to Region OAbilene, TX
Paula Jo Lemonds, PG, PEHDR Engineering, Inc.Austin, TX