Water For Environmental Flows - 78th R.S. (2003)

Committee Members

Public members

  • Joseph J. Beal
  • Jerry Clark
  • Joseph B.C. Fitzsimons
  • David Herndon
  • E.G. Rod Pittman
  • Andrew Sansom
  • Ben F. Vaughan IV
  • W.E. West
  • Kathleen Hartnett White


  • The study commission shall conduct public hearings and
    study public policy implications for balancing the demands on the
    water resources of the state resulting from a growing population
    with the requirements of the riverine, bay, and estuary systems
    including granting permits for instream flows dedicated to
    environmental needs or bay and estuary inflows, use of the Texas
    Water Trust, and any other issues that the study commission
    determines have importance and relevance to the protection of
    environmental flows. In evaluating the options for providing
    adequate environmental flows, the study commission shall take
    notice of the strong public policy imperative that exists in this
    state recognizing that environmental flows are important to the
    biological health of our parks, game preserves, and bay and estuary systems and are high priorities in the permitting process. The study commission shall specifically address ways that the
    ecological soundness of these systems will be ensured in the water allocation process.


Created by SB 1639, 78th Legislature.

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