House Committee on Natural Resources - 79th R.S. (2005)

Committee: House Natural Resources
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Natural Resources, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2006 : a report to the House of Representatives, 80th Texas Legislature
Subjects: Environmental flows | Irrigation | Municipal utility districts | Soil erosion | Special utility districts | Wastewater management | Water conservation | Water districts | Water rights |
Library Call Number: L1836.79 N218h
Session: 79th R.S. (2005)
Online version: View report [68 pages  File size: 8,003 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Explore the benefits and concerns associated with Municipal Utility Districts (MUDs), including as assessment of the appropriateness of granting districts the additional powers of other special districts. Evaluate the impact of MUDs on economic growth and development, as well as the overall tax implications, including and evaluation of the provision of municipal and county services on residents lining in MUDs. Review public disclosure and notification requirements associated with MUDs, as well as bonding authority of some districts.
2. Consider the potential for increased outdoor water savings through landscape water conservation, including irrigation audit requirements, turf replacement programs, and the provision of certain landscape options for prospective home buyers.
3. Examine state wastewater re-use policies, including an assessment of potential changes or clarifications to the Texas Water Code.
4. Continue the study of the Commission on Water for Environmental Flows, and further evaluate options for providing adequate environmental flows.
5. Determine if a new comprehensive water conservation program is needed within the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board, focusing on water conservation and water supply enhancement. (Joint interim charge with the House Committee on Agriculture and Livestock)

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