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Committee: Senate Natural Resources
Title: Interim Report - Air Quality
Subjects: Air pollution | Air pollution control technology | Air quality | Arsenic | Barton Springs | Edwards Aquifer | Electric power plants | Mercury | Surface water pollution | Texas Emissions Reduction Plan | Water conservation | Water planning | Water quality management | Water quality protection zones |
Library Call Number: L1836.80 N219i
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View report [165 pages  File size: 1,439 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review Texas' current air emissions inventory and evaluate the need for additional data to enhance or improve the inventory. Review current federal, state and local incentive programs related to emissions reductions and recommend improvements.
2. Study and assess the use of advanced control technologies for the reduction of point source pollution emissions, including, but not limited to:
  • Identifying state-of-the-art pollution control technologies;
  • Identifying facilities which could benefit from state-of-the-art control technologies;
  • Identifying mechanisms for implementing state-of-the-art controls in Texas;
  • Reviewing the ability of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to regulate the use of pollution control technologies, including possible legislative options to grant, improve, or mandate TCEQ actions to implement state-of-the-art control technologies; and
  • Investigating the use of different approaches or methods in regulating emissions based on geographical/regional locations around the state.
3. Assess the environmental impact of new electric generation sources and technologies. Collect and evaluate data related to use and conservation of water used in the production of energy. Examine the need to include electric generation facility water needs in regional water plans.
4. Study and assess issues concerning mercury and arsenic emissions, including, but not limited to:
  • identifying the sources of mercury and arsenic pollution in air and water;
  • investigating the status of drinking water, reservoir, river, estuary, and fish and wildlife mercury and arsenic monitoring programs in Texas;
  • investigating the implementation by TCEQ of the Federal Clean Air Mercury Rule (CAMR) on power plants in Texas;
  • studying the potential costs and benefits of including all coal/lignite burning sources in Texas, not just power plants, into the State's CAMR program; and
  • determining the legislative and regulatory mechanisms and advisability of including all coal/lignite burning sources into the State's CAMR program.
5. Study the need for regional water quality standards, particularly in the Edwards and Barton Springs recharge zones.
Committee: House Natural Resources
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Natural Resources, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2004 : a report to the House of Representatives, 79th Texas Legislature
Subjects: Edwards Aquifer | Edwards Aquifer Authority | Environmental Quality, Texas Commission on | Water marketing | Water planning |
Library Call Number: L1836.78 N218h
Session: 78th R.S. (2003)
Online version: View report [34 pages  File size: 228 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Monitor agencies and programs under committee's jurisdiction.
Committee: House Natural Resources
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Committee on Natural Resources interim report, 1994.
Subjects: Bond issues | County development districts | Edwards Aquifer | Edwards Aquifer Authority | Endangered species | Environmental protection | Natural resources conservation | Petroleum storage tanks | Property rights | Special taxing districts |
Library Call Number: L1836.73 n219h
Session: 73rd R.S. (1993)
Online version: View report [59 pages  File size: 2,233 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Identify ways to mitigate conflicts between landowners' property rights and land use with federal and state policies for protection of threatened and endangered species and habitat. Specific attention should be directed to incentive measures.
2. Study the bond integrity of special districts impacted by local government regulatory actions.
3. Conduct active oversight of agencies under the committee's jurisdiction, with particular attention to Edwards Aquifer and Petroleum Storage Tank issues. Perform a study of mandated reports to the legislature and legislative agencies. The study should consist of a review of the legislative reporting requirements of all agencies to identify areas where reporting obligations could be streamlined and agency accountability improved. The committee shall make specific recommendations about the continuation, modification or elimination of required legislative reports.
Committee: House Natural Resources
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Committee on Natural Resources, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 1992 : a report to the House of Representatives, 73rd Legislature.
Subjects: Edwards Aquifer | Edwards Aquifer Authority | Groundwater | Petroleum storage tanks | Solid waste disposal | Special taxing districts | Water districts | Water planning | Water quality management | Water supplies | Water wells |
Library Call Number: L1836.72 n219h
Session: 72nd R.S. (1991)
Online version: View report [80 pages  File size: 3,830 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Monitor and oversee legislation enacted during the 72nd Regular and Special Called Session that was considered by the Natural Resources Committee; Performance Audit Review Recommendations; and any agency-initiated changes.
2. Continue studies on the regulation and protection of the Edwards Aquifer, including but not limited to: A. Examining implications of future legal judgements to be entered regarding the Edwards; B. Searching for an equitable solution for all regional interest, including downstream users of the Edwards; C. Studying ways to create a high quality and dependable water source for San Antonio and surrounding areas; D. Looking at possibility of a mandatory region-wide uniform conservation program/voluntary demand reduction program.
3. Continue work on the revision of the Water Code.
4. Investigate the best methods for financing water quality initiatives and other environmental protection programs. Include studying cost of environmental programs in terms of property taxes, fees or economic development.
5. Study the creation and role of solid waste management districts.
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: House Environmental Affairs
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Report of the Committee on Environmental Affairs : to the speaker and members of the Texas House of Representatives, 69th Legislature.
Subjects: Edwards Aquifer | Exotic species | Livestock | Oil pipelines | Oil spills | Pipeline safety | Solid waste disposal | Wastewater management |
Library Call Number: L1836.69 en89
Session: 69th R.S. (1985)
Online version: View report [33 pages  File size: 710 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the potential for improved sewage disposal and treatment systems and determine whether public laws encourage the most cost-effective systems for sites.
2. Study oil pipeline spills or leaks into the environment.
3. Study the problem of exotic game animals, how they may interfere with the existing ecosystem of native game, and how they may or may not be regulated.
Supporting documents
Committee: House Environmental Affairs
Title: Notices of public hearing
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1801.9 EN89 69
Session: 69th R.S. (1985)
Online version: View document [7 pages]
Committee: House Natural Resources
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Report of the Texas House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee : a report to the House of Representatives, 65th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Edwards Aquifer | Groundwater | Rule of capture | San Antonio, Texas | Water conservation | Water desalination | Water Development Board, Texas | Water districts | Water marketing | Water planning | Water Quality Board, Texas | Water rights | Water Rights Commisssion, Texas | Water supplies | Weather modification |
Library Call Number: L1836.64 n219
Session: 64th R.S. (1975)
Online version: View report [60 pages  File size: 1,912 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study resouce depletion and the need for water within the state.
2. Study underground water laws as they relate to withdrawal and sale.
3. Review water rights adjudication act procedures.
4. Consider the need for revision in the laws governing groundwater districts, levee improvement districts, water control and improvement districts and irrigation districts.
5. Study San Antonio Water Supply problems.
6. Consider the possibility of amalgamating the water agencies.

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