To manage, conserve, and protect the natural resources of the Lavaca Basin in a responsible manner that provides opportunities for growth and benefits the public.

Current Group Members

The initial voting members of the LRWPG include the initial coordinating body appointed by the TWDB plus the additional voting members appointed by the initial coordinating body to ensure adequate representation of the interest comprising the LRWPG stated in Texas Water Code §16.053(c) and other interest determined by the LRWPG. Voting members are added or removed as necessary to represent the interest for which a member is sought and is willing to participate in the regional water planning process.

Phillip S. Spenrath, Wharton County Judge
Counties, Wharton County
Chairman, Executive Committee 

Neil Hudgins
GCDs, Wharton County
Vice Chair, Executive Committee 

Patrick Brzozowski, Lavaca-Navidad River Authority
River Authorities, Jackson County
Secretary, Executive Committee 

Jim Coleman, Jackson Electric Cooperative, Inc.
Electric Service, Jackson County
Executive Committee

Marie Day
Industries, Lavaca County
Executive Committee

Jack Maloney, City of Yoakum (retired)
Municipalities, Lavaca County
Executive Committee

Ed Weinheimer, El Campo pharmacy owner and attorney
Small Business, Wharton County
Executive Committee

Tom Chandler
Water Utilities, Jackson County

Stephen Cooper
Agricultural, Wharton County

Lee Hafernick
Agricultural, Jackson County

Bart J McBeth
Agricultural, Lavaca County

James Migl, City of Hallettsville
Municipalities, Lavaca County

Vance Mitchell, Mitchell Cattle Company
Agricultural, Jackson County

Richard Ottis, Rice Belt Warehouse
Industries, Wharton County

Edward Pustka, County Commissioner
Counties, Lavaca County

Robert Shoemate, Jackson County Soil and Water Conservation District
Environmental, Jackson County

Michael Skalicky, Texana Groundwater District
Water Districts, Jackson County

Jill Sklar, County Judge
Counties, Jackson County

Grace Ward, City of Hallettsville
Public, Lavaca County

Open Position
Small Business, Lavaca County