Edwards Aquifer, Special - 71st R.S. (1989)

Committee: Joint Edwards Aquifer, Special
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Committee report to the 72nd Legislature / Special Committee on the Edwards Aquifer.
Subjects: Edwards Aquifer | Edwards Aquifer Authority | Groundwater | Groundwater conservation districts | Water rights | Water supplies |
Library Call Number: L1836.71 ed85
Session: 71st R.S. (1989)
Online version: View report [218 pages  File size: 8,858 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. The committee shall be assigned to: (a) review and study scientific data on the Edwards Aquifer from various public agencies, including the Bureau of Economic Geology, The Texas Water Development Board, the Texas Water Commission, the Edwards Underground Water District, and the United States Geological Survey; (b) consider priorities for the uses of the Edwards Aquifer, considering its storage capacity, its recharge and retention capabilities, and its ability to transmit water and provide water of high quality; (c) explore and suggest alternatives for supplying adequate water for regional needs at reasonable costs; (d) determine the effects of limiting groundwater withdrawals from the Edwards Aquifer to an amount less than average annual recharge; (e) consider allocation mechanisms for the aquifer; (f) consider whether amendments to existing water law are needed; (g) determine the feasibility of pumping to augment or replace springflow for the purpose of meeting downstream need without waste, the impact on downstream needs, and whether additional studies should be contracted for as funds are available; (h) examine present institutional arrangements for water resource management in the region of the Edwards Aquifer and hydrologically connected river basins, and examine alternative institutional arrangements; (i) examine alternative methods of managing the aquifer, with and without imposing limits on pumping; (j) review the costs, benefits, and feasibility of recharge and other projects, including consideration of fair methods of funding such projects; (k) review and consider modifications to water rights and policies affecting development of surface water in the western part of the Edwards Aquifer region, and (l) investigate and make recommendations on any other aspects of groundwater management, that, in the judgment of the committee would be useful to the legislature's decision making.
Supporting documents
Committee: Joint Edwards Aquifer, Special
Title: Proclamation
Library Catalog Title: Proclamation
Library Call Number: L1800.1 p926
Session: 71st R.S. (1989)
Online version: View document [1 pages  File size: 116 kb]
Committee: Joint Edwards Aquifer, Special
Title: Committee documentation: daily minutes record, catalog record
Library Call Number: L1801.9 ED85 71
Session: 71st R.S. (1989)
Online version: View document [2 pages  File size: 30 kb]

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