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Learn • Everything • About • Districts
in Lubbock
Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts
Leadership Training
September 16-17, 2014
Bayer Museum of Agriculture
Lubbock, Texas
Hosted by the High Plains Water District
Thank you to all of our sponsors!
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Table of Contents
Welcome to Lubbock............................................2
Detailed Schedule..................................................3
Speaker Bios.........................................................4-8
Keynote Speaker Bio..............................................9
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Welcome to Lubbock, and the first
TAGD Leadership Training program.
On behalf of the High Plains Water
District and my fellow directors, we
appreciate your attendance at this
As leaders in groundwater districts,
it is incumbent on us to fulfill these
responsibilities as knowledgeable
professionals. We hope that events
such as this equip us for the challenges
of groundwater management. Without
proper training and education, it is
very difficult to perform the duties that
are required of us.
Being public servants means that
we must be well versed in the laws
and statutes of local governmental
organizations. It also means that
we should exhibit professionalism in
our respective districts, both board
members and staff alike.
Thank you all for your service to
your local districts. Thanks also to our
program sponsors and presenters for
your commitment to this important
event. If you need anything during
your time here, please let a staff
member of TAGD or HPWD know.
HPWD Board President
Lynn Tate
Amarillo, Texas
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014
1:00 – 1:30
HPWD Board President Lynn Tate
1:30 – 2:15
Open Meetings/Open Records:
Bill Dugat, Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP
2:15 – 3:00
Leadership on Ethics:
Robert Floyd, Hance Scarborough, LLP
3:00 – 3:15
3:15 – 4:00
Intro to Groundwater Science:
George Ozuna, U.S. Geological Survey
4:00 – 4:45
Groundwater Case Law:
Stacey Steinbach, Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts
Networking Recption & Dinner - Cagle’s Restaurant
Keynote Speaker: State Representative Lyle Larson
Wednesday September 17, 2014
8:00 - 8:30
Coffee/Network with Sponsors
8:30 - 9:15
GCDs 101:
Greg Ellis, Attorney at Law
9:15 -10:00
Joint Planning 101:
Drew Miller, Kemp Smith LLC
10:00 -10:15 Break
State Agency Matters:
10:15 -11:00 Board Member Bech Bruun, Texas Water Development Board
& Kelly Mills, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
11:00 -11:45
Media and Public Relations Training and Critique:
Rebecca Rivers, Ag Day Lubbock and Matt Ernst, Fox 34
Tour of Texas Alliance for Water Conservation Field
Demonstration, Plainview, TX (optional)
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Bill Dugat, Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP
William D. “Bill” Dugat III is an attorney with the law firm of Bickerstaff
Heath Delgado Acosta LLP. He has been a partner since 1995 and has
served as the Managing Partner for the firm since 2000.
Mr. Dugat practices in the area of water and environmental law,
public law, and administrative law. He represents and advises
municipalities, river authorities, and groundwater conservation districts
before state and federal agencies with emphasis on water and
environmental issues. He is outside general counsel for a river authority
and five groundwater districts.
Mr. Dugat earned a BBA in management from Texas A&M University,
an MBA from the University of Missouri, and a JD from the University of
Texas. He is Board Certified in Administrative Law by the Texas Board of
Legal Specialization.
After graduating from Texas A&M University, Mr. Dugat served as a
Minuteman Missile Launch Officer in the United States Air Force. While
on duty he earned his MBA. After four years in the United States Air
Force, Mr. Dugat attended law school and upon graduation, served
as a briefing attorney for the Austin Court of Appeals. He has been an
attorney at Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP for 26 years. He and
his wife Kathy have been married 34 years and have two grown sons.
Robert Floyd, Hance Scarborough, LLP
• Legislative Consultant for Hance Scarborough, LLP.
• Lobbied before the Texas Legislature and U.S. Congress 41 years.
• Served as President and CEO of the Texas Motor Transportation
Association and the Texas Society of Association Executives.
• Served on the board of directors of state, local and national
associations and non profit organizations.
• Served as an elected member of the Eanes ISD Board of Trustees.
• Provides advice and counsel to trade associations and non profit
organizations in strategic planning, board leadership, organizational
performance, communications and public affairs.
• Author of The Courage to Lead: An Essential Guide for Volunteer
Leaders, Board Trustees and Public Servants
• Chairs the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument Committee,
a non profit organization that organized and raised funds for the
monument on the State Capitol Grounds to honor Texans who
served in the Vietnam War. The monument was dedicated March
29, 2014.
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George Ozuna, U.S. Geological Survey
George B. Ozuna has been a Hydrologist with the U.S. Geological
Survey for over 30 years. Mr. Ozuna has collected and analyzed
geologic and hydrologic data for several projects in South Texas, the
Texas Hill Country, and West Texas. Much of his work has concentrated
on research of the Edwards Aquifer.
During his career in the San Antonio Office, Mr. Ozuna has served
as project chief, Water-Quality Specialist, Chief of the Studies Section,
and Chief of the San Antonio Office. In 2008, he became the Deputy
Director for the Texas Water Science Center and recently has moved to
the position of Senior Program Manager for the Water Center.
Stacey Steinbach, Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts
Stacey has been TAGD’s Executive Director since January 2011. She
previously worked as an attorney at the Texas General Land Office,
where she represented the agency on matters related to coastal law,
state boundaries, and natural resource issues. She has experience
working with numerous Texas water districts on issues related to water
quality, water supply, water rights, and the laws governing local
government entities through her previous work as an attorney in private
Stacey holds a bachelor of science in biology and ecology from
Baylor University, a master of science in wildlife fisheries sciences from
Texas A&M University, and a juris doctorate with honors from the
University of Montana School of Law.
Greg Ellis, Attorney at Law
Currently in a solo law practice, Gregory M. Ellis has a long history in
water law and water issues. While still in law school in the mid-eighties,
he helped clerk the House Natural Resources Committee and worked
on a variety of water legislation. After graduating from the University of
Texas School of Law, he worked as legislative liaison for the Texas Water
Commission. In 1992 Ellis moved to Houston to serve as General Counsel
to the Harris-Galveston Coastal Subsidence District. The Edwards Aquifer
Authority, working to start up operations in 1997, tapped Ellis as their
General Manager, a position he held until October 2004 when he left to
start his solo law practice.
In addition to representing groundwater conservation district clients
across the State, Ellis serves as General Counsel to the Texas Water
Foundation, a non-profit corporation that provides water conservation
education. Ellis is well versed in groundwater law, groundwater
conservation districts and administrative procedures.
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Drew Miller, Kemp Smith Attorneys at Law
Drew Miller is a partner in the Austin office of Kemp Smith LLP where
he is Chair of the firm’s Environmental, Water and Utilities Department.
Drew represents private and public entities in the areas of water,
environmental and administrative law, often in matters involving
groundwater regulation, environmental permitting, and contaminated
property. He currently serves as general counsel for several waterrelated governmental entities.
Drew also represents clients as water and environmental counsel
on transactional matters. He is a frequent presenter and author on
groundwater management and regulatory takings. Prior to joining Kemp
Smith, Drew was an Assistant Attorney General in the Natural Resources
Division of the Office of the Attorney General of Texas, and prior to that,
he was an associate attorney in the Washington, D.C., office of Piper &
Marbury, where he worked on the Love Canal litigation. Drew received
a B.S. in Biological Science from Cornell University and his J.D. (with high
honors) from George Washington University Law School.
Bech Bruun, Texas Water Development Board
Bech Bruun most recently served as director of governmental
appointments for the Office of the Governor. He previously served
as the government and customer relations manager for the Brazos
River Authority. He is a member of the Texas Environmental Flows
Advisory Group. A native of Corpus Christi, he was chief of staff to State
Representative Todd Hunter (District 32).
Bruun is former general counsel to the House Committee on Judiciary
and Civil Jurisprudence, past executive director of Texas Victory 2008,
and a member of the State Bar of Texas and Knights of the Austin
Symphony. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration
from the University of Texas at Austin and a law degree from the
University of Texas School of Law.
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Kelly Mills, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Kelly is Leader of the Groundwater Planning and Assessment Team
that administers the inter-agency Texas Groundwater Protection
Committee, addresses groundwater conservation district creation and
management planning issues, and implements the priority groundwater
management area (PGMA) program.
Kelly received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Geoscience/
Geology from Texas Tech University in 1985 and is a licensed Professional
Geologist in the State of Texas. He has been with the Texas Commission
on Environmental Quality since 1993. Kelly has completed several
PGMA studies and has been responsible for the development of
the Commission’s 1995 – 2013 legislative reports on groundwater
conservation districts and PGMAs. He has also served as project
manager in producing the Texas Groundwater Protection Committee’s
1992 – 1996 joint groundwater monitoring and contamination reports
and 1995 – 1999 and 2013 legislative reports. Prior to his employment
with the Commission, Kelly worked as a project geologist for the Austin
engineering firm of Raba Kistner-Brytest Consultants, Inc.
Rebecca Rivers, Ag Day Lubbock
Rebecca Rivers joined the FOX 34 news team in March 2012. Rebecca
is managing editor and reporter for Ag Day Lubbock.
Ag Day Lubbock is the only daily local agriculture newscast of its
type in the country. Rebecca’s chief responsibility is highlighting local
agriculture happenings to help raise awareness of the importance of
agriculture, not only in West Texas, but in the nation and world.
Rebecca was raised in the oldest town in Texas, Nacogdoches. She
grew up raising cattle and showing horses, a passion she still enjoys. She
earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Animal Science from Texas
Tech University. During her time as a Red Raider, she enjoyed competing
on the Texas Tech Horse Judging Team, earning Reserve National titles
as a team. She went on to coach the team as a graduate student.
She also showed horses in college in the Stock Horse of Texas
Association, and hopes to continue that hobby throughout her life.
Rebecca completed internships at a cutting horse ranch and with
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association in Ft. Worth. She
also earned the Animal Science Excellence in Leadership Award as a
college senior. She spent some time after graduating in 2010 working in
Equine Reproduction at a Veterinary Hospital in North Texas before she
and her husband Robert decided to make Lubbock their permanent
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Matt Ernst, Fox 34 Lubbock
Matt Ernst is chief meteorologist and assistant news director. You can
watch him mornings on Good Day Lubbock and Ag Day Lubbock. You
can listen to Matt’s news and weather updates weekday mornings and
afternoons on AM 950-100.7 FM. Matt’s radio updates are also heard
on Magic 93.7, 97-3 YES!FM, Oldies 97.7, Double T 104-3 and 107.7 The
Matt joined the FOX 34 team in 2006. He previously worked at thenstudent-run KTXT-FM as well as radio stations KFYO and KKAM. He
interned in the weather department at KLBK/KAMC. Matt is a Texas Tech
alumnus, with a degree in broadcast journalism, and an atmospheric
science minor. He holds the broadcast meteorology certificate from
Mississippi State University.
Matt has gained first-hand knowledge of South Plains severe weather
as a trained storm spotter. In June 2005 he observed several tornadoes
across the eastern FOX 34 viewing area. He’s a true weather nerd,
following the weather, its technology, research and anything else
connected both while at “work” and away.
Matt is a member of Young Professionals of Greater Lubbock, the
Texas Tech Alumni Association and National Weather Association. He
serves as a board member of the National Weather Service’s local
chapter of the Storm Ready program. He volunteers for the Lubbock
Area United Way as a loaned executive, helping local businesses
run their annual campaign. The favorite part of his job is visiting with
students about the weather, either at the station or in their classroom.
Matt is a life-long Texan, previously living in San Antonio and neighboring
town La Vernia.
He married wife Taylor in 2010. She’s an art teacher in Lubbock
ISD. They’ve rescued two pets, cat Maeby and dog Harry. Arrested
Development fans will understand the cat’s name.
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Keynote Speaker
Representative Lyle Larson, San Antonio District 122
First elected in 1991, Rep. Larson
served as San Antonio City Councilman,
District 10 for 2 terms and as Bexar
County Commissioner, Pct. 3 from 19972008. In 2010, Rep. Larson was elected
State Representative for District 122,
earning more votes than any other
state representative candidate in Texas.
During his freshman session, Rep. Larson
was selected one of three “Rookies
of the Year” by the Texas Tribune, out
of 37 new members. Rep. Larson was
reelected to a second term in 2012 with
100 percent of the vote.
Currently, Rep. Larson serves as the
Vice-Chair of the Local and Consent
Calendars Committee and as a member
Rep. Lyle Larson
of the House Natural Resource Committee; the Culture, Recreation and
Tourism Committee; the Select Committee on Transparency in the State
Agency Operations, and as the Chairman of the Texas Republican
Campaign Committee.
During the 83rd Legislative Session, Rep. Larson worked along with his
colleagues to pass a balanced budget that funds the core functions
of state government. A longtime advocate of ending diversions from
dedicated revenue sources, specifically for roads and parks, Rep.
Larson helped lead the effort to end budget gimmickry and increase
transparency in the state’s budget process. As a member of the
House Natural Resources Committee, Rep. Larson helped shepherd a
package of legislation that will help drought-proof our state in the wake
of the worst one-year drought in Texas history.
Thank you for your