NATURAL RESOURCES

Task Force Chairs
Pat Acker, Halff Associates & Michael Carleton, Arredondo Zepeda & Brunz Inc

For more information and for dates when the Natural Resources task force meets, please contact Pat Acker or, Michael Carleton.


The availability of an adequate water supply is one of those most important issues affecting our future quality of life in North Texas. Using our present water resources wisely and preparing for future growth is critical in assuring that the region maintains its economic strength, vitality, and competitiveness. The re-use of treated wastewater and the development green storm water infrastructure systems are two kinds of innovation that demonstrate wise use of our water resources. But there's also an interest in considering the nexus between water and energy.

The objective of the Water, Energy, Natural Resources Task Force is to educate GDPC members, public decision makers and the general public about sustainable water, energy and resources management. A related objective is to develop, promote, and support public policies and practices to implement sustainable water resources management.

For more information and for dates when the Natural Resources task force meets, please contact Pat Acker or co-chair, Michael Carleton.

Key Water, Energy, Natural Resources Task Force Issues

  • Sustainable Storm Water Management
    • The task force has presented the “Business Case for Green Storm Water Infrastructure” to the Sustainable Public ROW committee with NCTCOG at the Focus North Texas 5 Planning Symposium, and at Earth Day Texas 2015. An additional presentation is planned for the NCTCOG Public Works Round Up on July 16.

  • Source Water Protection
  • Water Supply
  • Water Conservation
  • Water Re-Use

Policy Statements

Nov 2012 Resolution – Supporting Upper Trinity Regional Water District’s Long-Range Water Supply Planning and development of Lake Ralph Hall

April 2012 Resolution – (1) The City of Dallas proposal for a uniform regional conservation strategy of twice per week maximum landscape irrigation. (2) The City of Dallas further refine its water conservation policy with consideration for limited flexibility review of current land use development standards to water conservation long-term water planning water rates, further advancements in irrigation technology and regional cooperation.

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