Texas water board executive to retire

The Rio Grande as viewed from the Rio Grande Village Nature Trail in Big Bend National Park, Texas. (Photo: iStock - Wilsilver77)

The Texas Water Development Board, Austin, announced Feb. 22 that Jeff Walker has made the decision to retire from his position as executive administrator on March 5, after nearly eight years as head of the agency and more than 34 years with the TWDB.

Walker’s innovative vision encouraged transparency and results-driven achievements. Under his leadership, the TWDB has been named one of the top workplaces in Austin annually since 2017 and has grown significantly in size and scope.

To date, the agency has issued more than $8.9 billion in bonds and committed nearly $11.5 billion to fund state water plan projects in Texas through the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas program.

He also oversaw the implementation of a new state flood program that initiated the first statewide flood planning and that, to date, has funded more than $510 million in flood improvement projects across Texas.