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House Committee on Natural Resources - 78th R.S. (2003)

Committee Members
Robert Puente, Chair
William "Bill" Callegari, Vice Chair
Ruben Hope, Jr., Chair - Budget & Oversight
Scott Campbell
Robert "Robby" Cook
Charlie Geren
Mike 'Tuffy' Hamilton
Richard "Rick" Hardcastle
Steven Wolens
Charges
• Assess the current condition of the Edwards Aquifer and the Edwards Aquifer Authority, including the authority's ability to meet the current statutory requirements of it's enabling legislation, specifically it's ability to meet or alter pumping limits contained in the Edwards Aquifer Act.
• Examine the issues associated with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's authority to amend, impair, interpret or modify the terms of water contracts between willing parties, including the possible impacts this authority could have on the financing of public/private water projects.
• Evaluate the availability and cost effectiveness of using brackish groundwater and surface water as an alternative source of water supply, including assessing the regulatory restrictions or impediments that impact cost and what measure or regulatory changes are needed to facilitate use of this water source by political subdivisions.
• Monitor agencies and programs under committee's jurisdiction.

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