AUSTIN – LCRA is taking applications through Monday, September 29, for volunteer positions on six new Regional Councils. The councils will provide a two-way communication link between LCRA and communities on issues, projects and activities affecting the region.
The Regional Councils will replace the lake and river advisory panels that have served the lower Colorado River basin for 13 years. In comparison, council members will represent more counties and will consider a broader range of issues, including growth and the increasing demand for water, electricity and recreational space. The members also will have a role in sharing information with community groups.
“These Regional Councils will require a new level of commitment by the members and LCRA,” said LCRA Public Affairs Manager Gail Oliver. “We’re excited about working with these new councils to enhance communication between LCRA and communities.”
Members will serve two- or four-year terms and attend at least six two-hour meetings a year. The six councils and the counties that members will represent include:
·San Saba/Llano Regional Council - Hamilton, Kimble, Lampasas, Llano, Mason, McCulloch, Menard, Mills, San Saba counties
·Pedernales Regional Council - Bandera, Blanco, Comal, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr counties
·Buchanan/Inks Regional Council - Burnet, Llano counties
·LBJ/Marble Falls Regional Council - Burnet, Llano counties
·Travis/Austin Regional Council - Travis, Hays, Williamson countie
·Colorado/Wharton/Matagorda Regional Council - Colorado, Wharton, Matagorda, Lavaca (Hallettsville only) counties
An application review team will consider whether the applicant is well-informed of community needs, interests and viewpoints, and willing to devote the time and energy it will take to attend all scheduled meetings and share information with their communities. The groups will represent diverse interests, including property ownership, community leadership, recreation, the environment and agriculture. LCRA will select the members of the six Regional Councils and notify all applicants after the selections are made.
Individuals can learn more about the new Regional Councils and apply for a volunteer position at www.lcra.org/regionalcouncils. Applications will be accepted from Monday, September 15, until 5p.m. Monday, September 29. For more information, contact Natalie Wilkinson Dailey at 1-800-776-5272, Ext. 7564, or Regional.Councils@lcra.org.