Water Plan

The regional water plans are updated every five years by the regional water planning groups, their technical consultants, and the Texas Water Development Board. Demand projections for seven categories of water users (municipal, industrial, livestock, irrigation, manufacturing, mining, and power generation) are developed for a 50-year planning horizon. The current supplies are described, and the planning group coordinates with cities and other stakeholders to plan the best ways to meet future water needs. The ‘bottom-up’ process relies on stakeholder involvement, and allows for the region to guide management of its own water resources.

The 2016 Rio Grande Regional Water Plan was prepared by the Rio Grande Regional Water Planning Group (Region M) and will be incorporated into the 2017 State Water Plan. Water projects requiring state approval and/or funding must be included in the regional plan.

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2021 Regional Water Plan

Drafts & Updates

2021 Regional Water Plan drafts and updates will be posted here in the near future.

2016 Regional Water Plan - Vol I

2016 Regional Water Plan - Vol II

Cover Pages and AcknowledgementsCover Pages and Acknowledgements
Executive SummaryTable of Contents
Table of ContentsAppendix A: Alternative and Not Recommended Water Management Strategies
Chapter 1: Despcription of the Regional Water Planning AreaAppendix B: DB17 Reports
Chapter 2: Water Demand ProjectionsAppendix C: Potentially Feasible Water Management Strategies
Chapter 3: Water Supply AnalysisAppendix D: Drought Contingency Plans Summary
Chapter 4: Identification of Water NeedsAppendix E: Model Drought Contingency Plans and Water Conservation Plans
Chapter 5: Water Management StrategiesAppendix F: Infrastructure Financing Report Survey Results
Chapter 6: Impacts of Regional Water Plan and Protection of ResourceAppendix G: Implementation Survey for 2011 Regional Water Plan
Chapter 7: Drought Preparations and ResponseAppendix H: Response to Comments on IPP
Chapter 8: Policy Recommendations and Unique Sites 
Chapter 9: Infrastructure Financing Analysis 
Chapter 10: Public Participation and Plan Adoption 
Chapter 11: Implementation and Comparison to the Previous Water Plan 

2011 Regional Water Plan

2006 Regional Water Plan

2001 Regional Water Plan

Region M 2011 RWPRegion M 2006 RWPRegion M 2001 RWP
Region M 2011 RWP Appendix 1Region M 2006 RWP AppendicesErrata for Region M 2001 RWP
Region M 2011 RWP Appendix 2  
Region M 2011 RWP Appendix 7  
Errata #1 & #2 for Region M 2011 RWP  
Amendment to the Region M 2011 Plan