Conference Materials: SWIFT Funding Workshop: Focus on Water Conservation

Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGAC)
3555 Timmons, Suite 120
Houston, TX 77027
January 7, 2016
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (Check-in 9:30 - 10:00)

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The workshop provided an opportunity to explore funding options available form the Texas Water Development Board with a primary focus on water conservation. Water experts provided the ins and outs on the SWIFT application process through case studies and lessons learnt from the past.

Speakers Included:

• Mike Turco, Harris Galveston Subsidence District
• Micah Reed, City of Fort Worth
• Michael Bloom, R.G. Miller Engineers, Inc.
• James Bronikowski and Scott Galaway, Texas Water Development Board
• Jason Afinowicz, Region H – Freese and Nichols
• Carlos Rubinstein, RSAH2O and Former Chairman, Texas Water Development Board

The Workshop was hosted by: Montgomery County/Gulf Coast Water Efficiency Network, Sierra Club – Lone Star Chapter, National Wildlife Federation, Woodlands Joint Power Agency, R.G. Miller Engineers Inc., Texas Water Foundation, Galveston Bay Foundation

Agenda PDF

Workshop Agenda and Presentations

Click on the links below to download PDFs of the speakers’ presentations.


How Conservation fits into the Gulf Coast’s Water Supply Picture

Mike Turco – Harris-Galveston Subsidence District



What’s in the Plan? How much conservation do we need and how are we going to get there?

Jason Afinowicz – Region H Water Planning Group (Freese & Nichols)



Digging into the SWIFT Application Process

James Bronikowski – Texas Water Development Board

Scott Galaway – Texas Water Development Board



Case Study: The City of Fort Worth’s Application for SWIFT funds: Processes and Lessons Learned

Micah Reed, Water Conservation Manager, City of Fort Worth



An Evaluation of a Potential Water Conservation Project Using SWIFT Financing 

Michael Bloom, R.G. Miller Engineers, Inc.



Group Discussion – What does your utility need to know to determine if SWIFT is a viable funding solution for your water conservation goals?

Facilitated by Carlos Rubinstein, RSAH2O & Former Chairman,  Texas Water Development Board