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Senate Committee on Water Policy, Select - 78th R.S. (2003)

Committee Members
Ken Armbrister, Chair
Kip Averitt
Bob Deuell
Robert Duncan
Troy Fraser
Jon Lindsay
Eddie Lucio
Frank Madla
Eliot Shapleigh
Todd Staples
Tommy Williams
• Study all issues related to ground and surface water law, policy and management, including, but not limited to: the role of federal, state, regional and local governments, and their coordination in setting consistent, nondiscriminatory water policies; the authority of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) as it relates to water contracts; the role of the Edwards Aquifer Authority; the role of groundwater conservation districts; regional water planning process; conjunctive use of both ground and surface water resources; rule of capture; historic use standards; water infrastructure and financing; interbasin transfers; junior water rights; conservation; water quality standards; drought preparedness; and water marketing.
• Monitor the three on-going demonstration desalination projects by the Texas Water Development Board as one step toward securing an abundant water supply to meet Texas' future water supply needs. Study regulatory barriers that impair cost effectiveness of desalination (coastal and brackish) and how to facilitate use of this water source by municipalities.

Charged and appointed by the Lieutenant Governor November 12, 2003.

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