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Committee: House Natural Resources
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Coastal barrier systems | Flood control | Groundwater | Groundwater pollution | Gulf Coast Protection District | Interbasin water transfers | Water desalination | Water districts | Water supplies |
Library Call Number:
Session: 87th R.S. (2021)
Online version: View report [38 pages  File size: 2,424 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Monitor the agencies and programs under the Committee's jurisdiction and oversee the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 87th Legislature. Conduct active oversight of all associated rulemaking and other governmental actions taken to ensure the intended legislative outcome of all legislation, including the following:
  • SB 1160, 87th R.S., relating to the creation of the Gulf Coast Protection District and providing the authority to issue bonds; and
  • SB 2185, 87th R.S., relating to restrictions on certain water improvement districts.
2. Explore ways in which the state can further support the construction of a coastal barrier system.
3. Examine the condition of Texas’ water and flood mitigation infrastructure capabilities and consider future infrastructure needs. Evaluate sustainable funding sources to provide for water project development and infrastructure repair and replacement. Examine and make recommendations for cost-effective improvements that enhance the state’s available water supply and improve the state's ability to desalinate seawater.
4. Examine the state’s groundwater management policy and regulatory framework. Include a review of large-scale water transfers and their impact on groundwater resources. Make appropriate recommendations for legislation or state agency action to:
  • promote the achievement of planning goals under Chapter 36, Water Code, including those involving desired future conditions;
  • provide adequate transparency to the permit application process;
  • further the state's groundwater quality protection efforts, including an assessment of risks posed to groundwater by abandoned and deteriorated water wells and orphan oil and gas wells; and
  • promote conservation and waste prevention.

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