Region 1 Canadian-Upper Red
Regional Flood Planning Group
Who we are...
The Region 1 Canadian-Upper Red Regional Flood Planning Group (RFPG) was established by the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) on October 1, 2020.
In the wake of historic flooding in Texas, the 2019 Texas Legislature passed legislation to create Texas' first-ever regional and state flood planning process and provide funding for investments in flood science and mapping efforts to support plan development.
The legislature created a state flood planning framework and charged the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) with creating flood planning regions based on river basins and administering the required, ongoing work of flood planning. This effort is aimed at better managing flood risk to reduce loss of life and property from flooding.
What we do...
Each flood planning group will be responsible for developing Texas' first regional flood plans by January 2023, which will culminate in the state's first-ever state flood plan.
The Region 1 Canadian-Upper Red RFPG has the responsibility of performing the functions defined in Texas Water Code, Chapter 16 and in 31 TAC Chapters 361 and 362 related to regional flood planning for the Region 1 Canadian-Upper Red FPR.
Foremost among those responsibilities is the development of a regional flood plan for the Region 1 Canadian-Upper Red FPR that identifies flood risks, establishes flood mitigation and floodplain management goals, and recommends evaluations, strategies, and projects to reduce flood risks.
Flood Planning Region
The Canadian-Upper Red flood planning region (FPR) is one of fifteen across the state of Texas. It is comprised of 44 counties including the entirety of Armstrong, Briscoe, Carson, Childress, Collingsworth, Cottle, Dallam, Deaf Smith, Donley, Foard, Gray, Hall, Hansford, Hardeman, Hartley, Hemphill, Hutchinson, Lipscomb, Moore, Motely, Ochiltree, Oldham, Potter, Randall, Roberts, Sherman, Wheeler, Wichita, and Wilbarger and partially includes Archer, Baylor, Castro, Clay, Cooke, Crosby, Dickens, Floyd, Hale, King, Knox, Montague, Parmer, Swisher, and Young.
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Planning Group Sponsor
Each RFPG is responsible for designating a planning group sponsor to apply for funding and to otherwise support the planning process. A planning group sponsor must be a political subdivision, defined as a county, city, or other body politic or corporate of the state, including any district or authority created under Art. 3 § 52 or Art. 16 § 59 of the Texas Constitution.
On October 26, 2020, the Canadian-Upper Red RFPG voted to designate the Panhandle Regional Planning Commission (PRPC) as the planning group sponsor for the initial flood planning cycle. The PRPC is a Council of Governments (COG) and was established in 1969 as a political subdivision of the State of Texas codified pursuant to the Texas Local Government Code, Chapter 391. Located in Amarillo, the PRPC is a voluntary association consisting of 94 member governments which includes the top 26 counties of the Texas Panhandle, 62 incorporated cities, and 6 special districts. The PRPC has been involved with Regional Water Planning since 1997 and continues to act as the Planning Group Sponsor for both the Region A Panhandle Water Planning Group (PWPG) and Groundwater Management Area #1 (GMA #1).
As the planning group sponsor for the Canadian-Upper Red RFPG, the PRPC will be responsible for:
preparing and submitting grant funding applications to the TWDB on behalf of the regional flood planning group;
entering into and managing a contract with the TWDB for the management of the grant funds;
procuring and managing a contract with a technical consultant(s) selected by the regional flood planning group to support the development or revision of a regional flood plan;
serving as the regional flood planning group’s administrative agent by organizing planning group meetings, public notices, agendas, meeting presentations, handouts, and meeting minutes; and
delivering the first regional flood plan, on behalf of the planning group, no later than January 10, 2023.
The Panhandle Regional Planning Commission encourages public involvement in the regional flood planning process. For any inquiries regarding the flood planning cycle and the Canadian-Upper Red RFPG, please contact the PRPC.