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

Committee Members
Ken Armbrister, Co-Chair
Robert Puente, Co-Chair
Ray Allen
William "Bill" Callegari
Charlie Geren
Todd Staples
Jeff Wentworth
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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