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47 Document(s) [ Subject: Water planning ]

Committee: House Agriculture and Livestock
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Agriculture | Agriculture, Texas Department of | Emergency management | Irrigation | Litter | Livestock | Property taxes | Soil pollution | Water conservation | Water planning | Water supplies |
Library Call Number: L1836.84 Ag86
Session: 84th R.S. (2015)
Online version: View report [25 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Evaluate policy challenges to the state’s agriculture and livestock industry, including long-term impacts of price declines in oil and natural gas; the availability of natural resources, including water, necessary to operate the industries; and the mitigation of and preparation for potential future hazards to the industries caused by natural disaster, drought, or disease.
2. Determine the sources of water used by Texans in the production of food and fiber, and examine current water delivery methods and water conservation goals for agricultural use. Evaluate whether there are more efficient and effective water-usage management practices that could be employed in the agricultural industry, and determine the impact of crop insurance requirements on producers. (Joint charge with the House Committee on Natural Resources)
3. Evaluate ways in which Texas can continue to promote our domestic agricultural products, across the nation and internationally, and to strengthen our state's international ties for the purpose of exporting Texas food and fiber. (Joint charge with the House Committee on International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs)
4. Study the impacts of windblown trash on agriculture and ranching.
5. Study the appraisal of agricultural land for taxation and related issues, including the change-of-use "rollback" provision. Examine the impact of the current appraisal system of agricultural land for taxation on rural economic development.
6. Conduct legislative oversight and monitoring of the agencies and programs under the committee’s jurisdiction and the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 84th Legislature. In conducting this oversight, the committee should: a. consider any reforms to state agencies to make them more responsive to Texas taxpayers and citizens; b. identify issues regarding the agency or its governance that may be appropriate to investigate, improve, remedy, or eliminate; c. determine whether an agency is operating in a transparent and efficient manner; and d. identify opportunities to streamline programs and services while maintaining the mission of the agency and its programs.
Committee: House Natural Resources
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Coastal restoration | Environmental flows | Groundwater | Gulf Coast | Oil spills | Texas State Water Plan | Water conservation | Water desalination | Water marketing | Water planning |
Library Call Number: L1836.84 N218h
Session: 84th R.S. (2015)
Online version: View report [51 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine the regional and state water planning processes, with emphasis on the following: a. the integration of HB 4, 83 RS; b. the appropriate role of the state in ensuring that the process both supports regional goals and priorities and the water needs of the state as a whole, and how the state might encourage strategies to benefit multiple regions; c. the structure and operation of the regional planning groups; d. the interaction between the planning process and groundwater management; e. whether the "drought of record" remains the appropriate benchmark for planning; and f. any impediments to meeting the conservation, agricultural, and rural project goals set by HB 4 (83R), and possible new approaches to help meet these goals.
2. Evaluate the status of water markets in Texas and the potential benefits and challenges of expanded markets for water. Include an evaluation of greater interconnections between water systems through both engineered and natural infrastructure. Examine opportunities for incentives from areas receiving water supplies to areas providing those supplies that could benefit each area and the state as a whole.
3. Analyze the factors contributing to freshwater loss in the state, including evaporation, excess flows into the Gulf of Mexico, and infrastructure inefficiencies, and examine techniques to prevent such losses, including aquifer storage and recovery, off-channel storage, and infrastructure enhancements.
4. Evaluate the progress of seawater desalination projects near the Texas coast as a means of increasing water supplies and reducing strain on existing supplies, building on the work of the Joint Interim Committee to Study Water Desalination (83rd session). Examine the viability of the use of public-private partnerships and of methods by which the state might facilitate such a project.
5. Monitor the use of funds made available to Texas in relation to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Consider approaches to maximize the benefit of these funds for the long-term stability of the coastal economy and ecosystems.
6. Evaluate the status of legislation to encourage joint groundwater planning, including HB 200 (84R), and monitor ongoing legal developments concerning ownership and access to groundwater and the impact of these developments on property rights and groundwater management.
7. Determine the sources of water used by Texans in the production of food and fiber, and examine current water delivery methods and water conservation goals for agricultural use. Evaluate whether there are more efficient and effective water-usage management practices that could be employed in the agricultural industry, and determine the impact of crop insurance requirements on producers. (Joint charge with the House Committee on Agriculture & Livestock)
8. Determine if sufficient safety standards exist to protect groundwater contamination from disposal and injection wells. (Joint charge with the House Committee on Energy Resources)
9. Conduct legislative oversight and monitoring of the agencies and programs under the committee’s jurisdiction and the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 84th Legislature. In conducting this oversight, the committee should: a. consider any reforms to state agencies to make them more responsive to Texas taxpayers and citizens; b. identify issues regarding the agency or its governance that may be appropriate to investigate, improve, remedy, or eliminate; c. determine whether an agency is operating in a transparent and efficient manner; d. identify opportunities to streamline programs and services while maintaining the mission of the agency and its programs; and e. review the surface water permitting process in Texas, including previous legislative attempts to modify the process, and assess the potential effects of these and other changes.
Committee: House Government Efficiency and Reform
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Attorney General Open Records Division | Cellular telephones | e-government | Health and Human Services Commission, Texas | Information Resources, Texas Department of | Library & Archives Commission, Texas State | Open government | Public information | Public Information Act, Texas | State agencies | State purchasing | Transportation planning | Transportation, Texas Department of | Water planning | Workforce Commission, Texas |
Library Call Number: L1836.83 G747r
Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View report [36 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine current restrictions on state and local governmental entities relating to the construction of critical infrastructure, including transportation and water projects, and make recommendations for expediting and creating more cost-effective and efficient methods for the construction of such projects.
2. Study the current laws, rules, and processes in place for the Department of Information Resources's Cooperative Contracts and recommend improvements to the 84th Legislature. (Joint charge with the House Committee on Technology)
3. Review the application of the Public Information Act to requests for large amounts of electronic data. Examine whether the procedures and deadlines imposed by the Act give governmental bodies enough time to identify and protect confidential information in such requests.
4. Examine the public's accessibility to government services and agencies through the use of mobile applications and online services. (Joint charge with the House Committee on Technology)
5. Study the benefits of utilizing a Chief Innovation Officer for Texas and its agencies.
6. Study the feasibility of having all state agencies use the Texas Workforce Commission's "Work in Texas" website for a more standardized applications process. Determine the interest of municipal, county, and other jurisdictions in boosting their utilization of the website.
7. Conduct legislative oversight and monitoring of the agencies and programs under the committee’s jurisdiction and the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 83rd Legislature. In conducting this oversight, the committee should: a. consider any reforms to state agencies to make them more responsive to Texas taxpayers and citizens; b. identify issues regarding the agency or its governance that may be appropriate to investigate, improve, remedy, or eliminate; c. determine whether an agency is operating in a transparent and efficient manner; and d. identify opportunities to streamline programs and services while maintaining the mission of the agency and its programs.
Committee: House Natural Resources
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Coal mining | Droughts | Electric power plants | Electricity supplies | Environmental Quality, Texas Commission on | General Land Office | Hydraulic fracturing | Irrigation | Natural gas production | Oil production | Parks and Wildlife, Texas Department of | Uranium mines | Water conservation | Water desalination | Water Development Board, Texas | Water planning | Water rights |
Library Call Number: L1836.82 N218h
Session: 82nd R.S. (2011)
Online version: View report [184 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Monitor the ongoing statewide drought and the performance of state, regional, and local entities in addressing it. Examine the impact of the drought on the state water plan, including an evaluation of how well the state's existing water resources can meet demand, the need for additional funding sources to implement the plan, and the effectiveness of current drought planning and drought management policies. Identify short-term and long-term strategies to help the state better cope with drought and assess any obstacles, including state and federal regulations, to implementation of these strategies.
2. Examine the interplay of water and energy resources and needs in the state. Study the economic, environmental, and social impacts of water use in energy production and exploration, including the impacts of this use on regional and state water planning. Determine the current and likely future water needs of power generation and energy production, and evaluate options to develop new or alternative supplies. Include an evaluation of current issues involving water use for oil and gas production and related water quality issues.
3. Evaluate the status of desalination projects in Texas. Include an evaluation of the regulation of brackish groundwater and whether opportunities exist to facilitate better utilization of this groundwater to meet future needs.
4. Study ways to enhance incentives for water conservation in agricultural irrigation.
Committee: House Natural Resources
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Natural Resources, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2010 : a report to the House of Representatives, 82nd Texas Legislature
Subjects: Droughts | Groundwater | Groundwater conservation districts | Texas State Water Plan | Water conservation | Water desalination | Water planning | Water service |
Library Call Number: L1836.81 N218h
Session: 81st R.S. (2009)
Online version: View report [89 pages  File size: 879 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Evaluate groundwater regulations and permitting processes throughout the state, including the role of state agencies in groundwater management, the development of desired future conditions, and the adoption of groundwater management plans in relation to regional and state water planning.
2. Monitor the effects of current and proposed federal initiatives that could impact the implementation of the State Water Plan. Evaluate the policies and investments developed by other states dealing with water issues similar to the State of Texas.
3. Monitor ongoing drought conditions and initiatives to promote water conservation through the review of the following: state requirements for the submittal of water conservation plans and annual reporting; the "trigger" for use of drought contingency plans; recommendations by state agencies and the Water Conservation Advisory Council; and progress toward the development of recycled water resources and desalination projects.
4. Evaluate the regulatory model for investor-owned water and sewer utilities, including rate case process and timing, consultant fee recovery, overall cost reductions, and more effective consumer participation.
5. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.
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: Joint State Water Funding
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Water planning |
Library Call Number: L1836.80 W291
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View report [276 pages  File size: 37,755 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. The committee shall meet at least annually with the executive director of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the executive administrator of the Texas Water Development Board to: (1) receive information on water infrastructure needs as identified in the state water plan; (2) receive information on infrastructure cost and funding options to be used by local entities to meet the needs identified in the state water plan; (3) receive analyses of the funding gap and recommendations on how to address those funding needs; (4) receive information on whether all water fees assessed are sufficient to support the required regulatory water-related state program functions and activities; and (5) identify viable, sustainable, dedicated revenues and fee sources, or increases to existing revenue and fees, to support state water programs and to provide for natural resources data collection and dissemination, financial assistance programs, and water resources planning, including funding to implement water management strategies in the state water plan.
Committee: Senate Natural Resources
Title: Interim Report - Water Issues
Library Catalog Title: The Senate Committee on Natural Resources interim report to the 80th Legislature : water issues
Subjects: Droughts | Interbasin water transfers | Texas State Water Plan | Water conservation | Water marketing | Water planning | Water rights |
Library Call Number: L1836.79 N219w
Session: 79th R.S. (2005)
Online version: View report [381 pages  File size: 47,137 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study and assess 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, including river authorities and other water management entities, and their jurisdiction, authority, and coordination in setting consistent, nondiscriminatory water policies;
  • the statutory, regulatory, and/or economic impediments to implementing key water management strategies recommended in the Regional and State Water Plans;
  • the role of groundwater conservation districts;
  • conjunctive use of both ground and surface water resources;
  • rule of capture;
  • historic use standards;
  • water infrastructure and financing, including financing sources for new water resources;
  • interbasin transfers;
  • water rights, including environmental flows, junior water rights;
  • the transition of water rights from agricultural to municipal and industrial uses and coordination among transitioning water management authorities;
  • conservation;
  • drought preparedness;
  • and water marketing.
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: Joint Water For Environmental Flows
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report
Subjects: Environmental flows | Environmental protection | Rivers | Water planning | Water rights | Water supplies |
Library Call Number: L1836.78 W291f
Session: 78th R.S. (2003)
Online version: View report [21 pages  File size: 454 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. The study commission shall conduct public hearings and study public policy implications for balancing the demands on the water resources of the state resulting from a growing population with the requirements of the riverine, bay, and estuary systems including granting permits for instream flows dedicated to environmental needs or bay and estuary inflows, use of the Texas Water Trust, and any other issues that the study commission determines have importance and relevance to the protection of environmental flows. In evaluating the options for providing adequate environmental flows, the study commission shall take notice of the strong public policy imperative that exists in this state recognizing that environmental flows are important to the biological health of our parks, game preserves, and bay and estuary systems and are high priorities in the permitting process. The study commission shall specifically address ways that the ecological soundness of these systems will be ensured in the water allocation process.
Committee: Joint Water For Environmental Flows
Title: Science Advisory Committee report
Library Catalog Title: Science Advisory Committee report
Subjects: Environmental flows | Environmental protection | Rivers | Water planning | Water rights | Water supplies |
Library Call Number: L1836.78 W291fs
Session: 78th R.S. (2003)
Online version: View report [158 pages  File size: 3,194 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. The study commission shall conduct public hearings and study public policy implications for balancing the demands on the water resources of the state resulting from a growing population with the requirements of the riverine, bay, and estuary systems including granting permits for instream flows dedicated to environmental needs or bay and estuary inflows, use of the Texas Water Trust, and any other issues that the study commission determines have importance and relevance to the protection of environmental flows. In evaluating the options for providing adequate environmental flows, the study commission shall take notice of the strong public policy imperative that exists in this state recognizing that environmental flows are important to the biological health of our parks, game preserves, and bay and estuary systems and are high priorities in the permitting process. The study commission shall specifically address ways that the ecological soundness of these systems will be ensured in the water allocation process.
Supporting documents
Committee: Joint Water For Environmental Flows
Title: Committee documentation: Science Advisory Committee tape logs, May 21, June 18, and July 29, 2004; agenda, June 18, 2004
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1836.78 W291FM
Session: 78th R.S. (2003)
Online version: View document [6 pages  File size: 425 kb]
Committee: Senate Water Policy, Select
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: The Senate Select Committee on Water Policy interim report to the 79th Legislature.
Subjects: Edwards Aquifer Authority | Environmental Quality, Texas Commission on | Groundwater | Junior water rights | Rule of capture | Water conservation | Water desalination | Water marketing | Water planning | Water quality management | Water rights |
Library Call Number: L1836.78 W291p
Session: 78th R.S. (2003)
Online version: View report [166 pages  File size: 5,373 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. 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.
2. 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.
Committee: House Natural Resources
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Natural Resources, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2002 : a report to the House of Representatives, 78th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Groundwater conservation districts | Homeland security | Terrorism | Water Development Board, Texas | Water planning | Water rights | Water supplies |
Library Call Number: L1836.77 n218h
Session: 77th R.S. (2001)
Online version: View report [44 pages  File size: 2,427 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Gather information about the security of the waters in Texas, including groundwater, lakes and streams. Review government regulations and business practices to determine whether legislation is needed to protect our water resources, including the human and wildlife populations that depend on them, and to detect, interdict and respond to acts of terrorism.
2. Actively monitor all agencies and programs under the oversight jurisdiction of the comittee, including (a) implementation of SB 2, 77th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to the development and management of the water resources of the state, (b) implementation of SB 312, 77th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to the continuation of the Texas Water Development Board, (c) the actions of the Texas Water Advisory Committee, (d) water permitting for environmental needs, and (e) the development of groundwater management areas by the Texas Water Development Board. The committee should review the condition of groundwater conservation districts found to be not operational by the state auditor.
Committee: Joint Water Resources
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: The Texas Joint Committee on Water Resources interim report to the 78th Legislature.
Subjects: Natural Resource Conservation Commission, Texas | Natural resources conservation | Off-road vehicles | Rivers | San Marcos River Foundation | Water conservation | Water Development Board, Texas | Water planning | Water rights | Water supplies |
Library Call Number: L1836.77 w291
Session: 77th R.S. (2001)
Online version: View report [94 pages  File size: 527 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. The Committee shall conduct an interim study and make recommendations regarding: (1)increasing the efficient use of existing water resources; (2)developing sufficient long-term financing strategies; (3)improving existing water conveyance systems; (4)water marketing; (5)determining the appropriate role of environmental and wildlife concerns in water permitting and water development; and (6)protection of the natural condition of beds and banks of the state-owned watercourses.
2. The Committee shall: (1) meet at least annually with the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission and the Texas Water Development Board; and (2) receive information relating to: (A)encouraging the effective development of water marketing and water movement; (B)prioritizing the use of state funds for financing the development and conservation of water resources; and (C)measures for encouraging donation of water rights, for protecting instream uses.
Committee: House Natural Resources
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Natural Resources, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2000 : a report to the House of Representatives, 77th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Groundwater | Groundwater conservation districts | Groundwater pollution | Rule of capture | Water planning | Water supplies | Water wells | Wetlands |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 n218h
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [91 pages  File size: 4,882 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study all issues related to groundwater availability, including the role and needs of groundwater conservation districts to ensure effective management of the resource. Consider the effectiveness and feasibility of aquifer-based management, and the adequacy of data and modeling for regional water planning efforts. Assess the implementation of SB 1911, 76th Legislature, Regular Session.
2. Assess the condition of abandoned or deteriorated water wells and the need for state and local involvement to address potential problems.
3. Study the state's criteria and regulations for determining potential sites for wetlands mitigation efforts.
4. Conduct active oversight of the agencies under the committee's jurisdiction.
Committee: Senate Natural Resources
Title: River authorities
Library Catalog Title: The Senate Interim Committee on Natural Resources interim report to the 77th Legislature : missions and roles of Texas river authorities.
Subjects: River authorities | Rivers | Water planning | Water supplies |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 n219r
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [94 pages  File size: 3,420 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Review the missions and roles of all Texas river authorities, including their powers and duties, financing, fee structures, service areas, board composition, relationships with other river authorities, competition with private sector service providers, communities they serve, and roles in and contributions to the state's water plan.
Committee: Senate Natural Resources
Title: Texas Groundwater Resources
Library Catalog Title: The Senate Interim Committee on Natural Resources interim report to the 77th Legislature : Texas groundwater resources.
Subjects: Groundwater | Groundwater conservation districts | Rule of capture | Water planning | Water rights |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 n219g
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [85 pages  File size: 2,131 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Develop a comprehensive study of the state's groundwater resources, keeping a strong focus on the need for conservation. The Committee shall examine a regional approach to groundwater management, inventory the availability of groundwater, and consider the future regulation of groundwater and the role of groundwater districts.
Supporting documents
Committee: Senate Natural Resources
Title: Interim Report - River authority surveys
Library Catalog Title: The Senate Interim Committee on Natural Resources interim report to the 77th Legislature : missions and roles of Texas river authorities.
Library Call Number: L1836.76 n219r surveys
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Committee: Joint Water Resources Development and Management
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report to the 76th Legislature : implementation of Senate Bill 1.
Subjects: Interbasin water transfers | Wastewater management | Water planning | Water quality management | Water supplies |
Library Call Number: L1836.75 w343
Session: 75th R.S. (1997)
Online version: View report [287 pages  File size: 20,567 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. The Committee on Water Resources Development and Management is created to study the State's water supply and wastewater infrastructure needs. The Committee shall: Review Texas' current inventory of water resources, including water supply and wastewater treatment infrastructure.
2. Review projections for Texas' future water and wastewater needs to the year 2050.
3. Review the role of the state and regional and local entities in participation and investment in water-related projects.
4. Review the implementation of SB 1, 75th Legislature, Regular Session, 1997.
5. Make recommendations to the 76th Legislature to assist Texas communities having limited financial capabilities with their water supply and wastewater infrastructure needs.
6. Make recommendations to the 76th Legislature to ensure efficient allocation of state and local resources through the use of regional water facilities and management, including water market transactions.
7. Make recommendations to the 76th Legislature to help local governments to meet the financial costs created by federal and state water quality regulations.
Committee: Joint Environment, Interim
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Interim Report to the 73rd Legislature / Joint Interim Committee on the Environment.
Subjects: Agriculture, Texas Department of | Air Control Board, Texas | Air pollution | Air quality | Border environment | Border issues | Clean Air Act | Concentrated animal feeding operations | Emissions | Environmental protection | General Land Office | Motor vehicle emissions tests | Parks and Wildlife, Texas Department of | Railroad Commission of Texas | Soil and Water Conservation Board, Texas | State agencies | State agency performance measures | Surface water pollution | Wastewater management | Water Commission, Texas | Water Development Board, Texas | Water planning | Water quality management | Water supplies |
Library Call Number: L1836.72 en89jr
Session: 72nd R.S. (1991)
Online version: View report [98 pages  File size: 4,851 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine the use of funds appropriated for environmental purposes by SB 2, 72nd Legislature, 1st Called Session and HB 1, 72nd Legislature, 1st Called Session;
2. Study and monitor the implementation of water and wastewater regulations, including administrative initiatives as well as statutory requirements.
3. Study environmental issues specific to the Texas-Mexico border region and the potential impact of the proposed free trade agreement between the two nations.
4. Study issues and identify policy considerations relating to non-point source agricultural water pollution.
5. Verify the number and status of outputs and outcomes identified in HB 1, 72nd Legislature, 1st Called Session, and otherwise determine whether programs that are the focus of study are functioning as planned.
6. Identify and review agencies' existing performance standards and determine whether the agencies have met, exceeded or failed to meet those standards;
7. Verify the number of employees in each program that is the focus of study, and monitor and oversee documentation of all agency salary actions, including position reclassifications, merit salary increases and other salary increases resulting from legislative of agency-initiated action.
8. Monitor implementation of sunset legislation.
9. Identify specific goals the state must attain by the year 2000 and biennial goals that must be achieved until that time.
10. The committee shall coordinate its activities with those of the Natural Resources and Consolidation Study established by SB 2, 72nd Legislature, 1st Called Session, and work in conjunction with that study in areas of common responsibility.
11. The committee shall monitor and oversee legislation enacted during the 72nd Regular and special Called Sessions that was considered by the standing Senate Natural Resources and House Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs Committees including legislative mandates; all performance audit review recommendations, adopted or not, and any agency-initiated changes.
Supporting documents
Committee: Joint Environment, Interim
Title: Interim report - Livestock and the Environment
Library Catalog Title: Livestock and the environment: rethinking environmental policy, institutions & compliance strategies : interim report to the Joint Interim Committee on the Environment, 72nd Texas Legsilature.
Library Call Number: L1836.72 en89jl
Session: 72nd R.S. (1991)
Online version: View document [120 pages  File size: 7,224 kb]
Committee: Joint Environment, Interim
Title: Committee documentation: daily minutes record
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1803.9 EN89J 1992
Session: 72nd R.S. (1991)
Online version: View document [1 pages  File size: 22 kb]
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: House Natural Resources
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Committee on Natural Resources, Texas House of Representatives interim report 1990 : a report to the House of Representatives, 72nd Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Border health | Colonias | Drinking water | Outdoor recreation | Property rights | Real estate development | Rio Grande River | Rio Grande Valley | Rivers | Statutory revision | Wastewater management | Water Commission, Texas | Water districts | Water planning | Water rights | Water supplies |
Library Call Number: L1836.71 n219h
Session: 71st R.S. (1989)
Online version: View report [33 pages  File size: 1,633 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. To study the transfer of water rights from irrigation districts to municipalities in South Texas.
2. To study the categories, powers and duties of water and wastewater districts created under the Texas Water Code or by other statutes, including the procedures for the creation of such districts.
3. To study the relationships and coordination between the Texas Water Commission and local water authorities, including the effect of the current institutional structure on the achievement of water policy goals.
4. To study current efforts to provide and finance water and wastewater services to the colonias.
5. To study the rights of property owners along rivers and streams.
6. To study the recodification of the Texas Water Codes.
Committee: House Agriculture and Livestock
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report to the 70th Texas Legislature / Texas House of Representatives, Committee on Agriculture and Livestock.
Subjects: Agricultural loans | Agriculture, Texas Department of | Animal Health Commission, Texas | Brush control | Cooperative Extension, Texas | Cotton production | Liens | Soil and Water Conservation Board, Texas | Structural Pest Control Board, Texas | Texas A&M AgriLife Research | Water conservation | Water planning | Water supplies |
Library Call Number: L1836.69 ag83
Session: 69th R.S. (1985)
Online version: View report [52 pages  File size: 2,281 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the effects on agriculture of the water plan enacted in HB 2, 69th Legislature, Regular Session.
2. Study the efficacy of current commodity buyer registration requirements.
3. Study federal and private sources of financing and interagency contracting practices of the State's agricultural agencies.
4. Study the State's role in the provision of credit for agricultural enterprises.
5. Study the effects of HB 1741, 69th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to agricultural liens.
6. Study the implementation of the Texas Brush Control Program.
7. Monitor all activities and to have budget oversight responsibilities for the following agencies: State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners; Structural Pest Control Board; Texas Rodent and Predatory Animal Control Service; Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory; Natural Fibers and Food Protein Commission; State Soil and Water Conservation Board; Texas Animal Health Commission; Texas Agricultural Extension Service; Texas Agricultural Experiment Station; Texas Department of Agriculture. *
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, 70th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Agricultural Loan Guaranty Program | Agricultural loans | Agriculture | Bond issues | Irrigation | Junior water rights | Occupational licenses | Reservoirs | Water conservation | Water planning | Water rights | Water supplies |
Library Call Number: L1836.69 n219
Session: 69th R.S. (1985)
Online version: View report [44 pages  File size: 1,356 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. To study and analyze the effectiveness of techniques employed in promoting the constitutional propositions of HJR 6, 69th Legislature, Regular Session, and the concerns of the electorate when voting on major water legislation.
2. To study the effectiveness of the pilot agricultural loan program.
3. To study the effectiveness of the bond insurance program.
4. To study and recommend enabling legislation for an agricultural loan program if the Texas Agricultural Water Conservation Bonds approved by HJR 6, 69th Legislature, Regular Session, are approved by the electorate.
5. To study the availability of measures to reduce reservoir construction costs to the state and in particular the advisability of enacting legislation to defease outstanding water development bonds.
6. To study the need for, and the provisions that should be included in, legislation requiring certification of water and waste analysis.
7. To study the availability of water for future appropriation in major basins of the state in light of the Texas Supreme Court's decision in No. C-1620.
8. To study the need to define "unappropriated water" and to amend other statutes pertaining to water rights.
Committee: Joint Water District and River Authority
Title: Interim Report - Volume I
Library Catalog Title: Report to the 70th Texas Legislature / Water District and River Authority Study Committee.
Subjects: River authorities | Water districts | Water planning |
Library Call Number: L1836.69 w291r 1
Session: 69th R.S. (1985)
Online version: View report [142 pages  File size: 4,285 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. To study the various water districts and river authorities created under the Texas Constitution to determine if their powers and duties are appropriate for the management of the state's water resources and to determine if the state's role relative to the creation and operation of these authorities should be changed.
2. The report should include findings and supporting data relating to whether the legislature should make water districts and river authorities more accountable to the state, and if the state should be more involved in the creation and operation of these authorities.
Committee: Joint Water District and River Authority
Title: Interim Report - Volume II
Library Catalog Title: Report to the 70th Texas Legislature / Water District and River Authority Study Committee.
Subjects: River authorities | Water districts | Water planning |
Library Call Number: L1836.69 w291r 2
Session: 69th R.S. (1985)
Online version: View report [552 pages  File size: 27,623 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. To study the various water districts and river authorities created under the Texas Constitution to determine if their powers and duties are appropriate for the management of the state's water resources and to determine if the state's role relative to the creation and operation of these authorities should be changed.
2. The report should include findings and supporting data relating to whether the legislature should make water districts and river authorities more accountable to the state, and if the state should be more involved in the creation and operation of these authorities.
Supporting documents
Committee: Joint Water Resources
Title: Statement
Library Catalog Title: Statement to the Joint Committee on Water Resources / by Charles E. Nemir, Gary Powell, and Herbert W. Grubb (Texas Department of Water Resources).
Library Call Number: L1836.68 w299sw
Session: 68th R.S. (1983)
Committee: Senate Natural Resources Subcommittee on Agriculture
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim Report to the 68th Legislature / Senate Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Agriculture.
Subjects: Agricultural labor | Agricultural loans | Agriculture | Cooperative Extension, Texas | Explosions | Grain elevators and warehouses | Pesticides | Texas A&M AgriLife Research | Water planning | Water supplies |
Library Call Number: L1836.67 ag83s
Session: 67th R.S. (1981)
Online version: View report [45 pages  File size: 2,772 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the issues of bonding or recovery funds associated with grain elevator storage to ensure commodity producers against possible economic loss.
2. Explore the issue of agricultural labor with respect to labor availability and labor relations.
3. Study the transportation of agricultural commodities and analyze the effect that transportation rates have upon agricultural profitability.
4. Review the measures the state has taken to guarantee that farmers are assured sufficient supplies of water for their crops and livestock.
5. Examine the adequacy and timeliness of publicly funded agricultural research and development programs.
6. Examine any problems relating to the enabling legislation and administration of the Family Farm and Ranch Security Program.
7. Study the current system for bonding of commodity warehouses. Consider the risk of warehouse defaults and the possible effects on depositors. Review proposed methods for guaranteeing 100% protection for commodities depositors *
8. Review current state laws regulating pesticides; consider whether additional regulations are needed to protect the health farm workers. *
9. Investigate recent grain elevator explosions in Texas and suggest means to reduce the likelihood that such catastrophes will recur.
Supporting documents
Committee: Senate Natural Resources Subcommittee on Agriculture
Title: SR 627
Library Call Number: SR 627
Session: 67th R.S. (1981)
Online version: View document [3 pages  File size: 666 kb]
Committee: House Urban Issues, Select
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: To the speaker and members of the Texas House of Representatives, 66th Legislature : report / of the Select Committee on Urban Issues, the Texas House of Representatives, 66th Legislature.
Subjects: Counties | Disaster relief | Education | Emergency management | Flooding | Higher education | Land use regulations | Municipal annexation | Municipalities | Natural disasters | Natural resources conservation | Outdoor recreation | Property taxes | Solid waste disposal | Urban sprawl | Water conservation | Water planning |
Library Call Number: L1836.66 ur1
Session: 66th R.S. (1979)
Online version: View report [275 pages  File size: 9,908 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Determine the governance needs of Texas' urban areas in the 1980s, including ordinance making authority, property taxes, and annexation as related to growth patterns.
2. Identify critical issues and potential long-range solutions regarding natural resources, educational, and governance needs of Texas cities in the 1980s.
3. Review factors, including urban expansion and drainage practices, which may have contributed to the increasing frequency and severity of urban flooding. Suggest state and local flood management activities which would reduce the risk of floods. *
4. Study natural resources issues facing local governments, including urban flooding, disaster assistance, emergency preparedness, hazardous waste disposal, low-level radioactive waste, water conservation, water supplies, air pollution, urban recreation and solid waste disposal. *
5. Review education issues facing local governments, including teacher shortages, vocational education, student attendance and discipline, public school finance, and higher education *
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, 66th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Lower Colorado River Authority | Texas State Water Plan | Water planning | Water Resources, Texas Department of | Water rights |
Library Call Number: L1836.65 n219
Session: 65th R.S. (1977)
Online version: View report [45 pages  File size: 1,340 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. A review of the necessity, advisability and feasibility of the Texas Water Plan as recently revised by the Texas Water Development Board.
2. Oversight responsibility of agency expenditures and related transactions. This function shall encompass a review and monitoring of all appropriations-related actions of those agencies assigned to this committee for appropriative purposes during the 65th Regular Session of the Legislature, to wit: Texas Coastal and Marine Council Department of Water Resources Water Well Driller's Board
3. A study and continuing review of the Department of Water Resources and legislative functions to improve the functioning of said agency.
4. A study of the progress being made under the Texas Water Rights Adjudication Act.
5. A study of the legal nature of the claims of the Lower Colorado River Authority with respect to that agency's water rights.
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.
Committee: House Water Study, Interim
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Report to the 64th Texas Legislature / House Interim Water Study Committee.
Subjects: Statutory revision | Water districts | Water planning | Water rights |
Library Call Number: L1836.63 w2982
Session: 63rd R.S. (1973)
Online version: View report [212 pages  File size: 7,631 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Conduct a thorough study of the feasibility and desirability of reorganization of the statutes relating to the creation and operation of water districts in the State of Texas.
2. Look into all aspects of water development and related statutes, including but not limited to water district laws and activities, water development and related laws, water conservation and related laws, and the water agencies, their activities and related statutes.
Committee: House Natural Resources
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Report of the Texas Natural Resources Study Committee.
Subjects: Water desalination | Water planning | Water supplies | West Texas |
Library Call Number: L1836.62 n219
Session: 62nd R.S. (1971)
Online version: View report [17 pages  File size: 632 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. The committee shall: (1) study the water situation in the state and the federal and state proposals concerning it; (2) study the changes that may be needed in state statutes concerning water protection and development; (3) study the organizational structure of all state water agencies and the administration of state laws relating to water; (4) study alternative methods of financing the Texas Water Plan; (5) hold hearings throughout the state, explaining the major water problems in the state and the proposals for solving them to those attending the hearings and consider alternative proposals from interested Legislators and the public; (6) review major water legislation enacted by the 62nd Legislature.
2. Study the possibility of creating a West Texas Water plan to import water into West Texas and any other possible methods of alleviating the chronic water problems of West Texas.
3. Study the feasibility of establishing facilities in Texas for the desalinization of salt water for agricultural, industrial, and personal consumption in the state.
Committee: Joint Water Resources Study
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: A report to the Governor and the 62nd Legislature / by the Texas Water Resources Study Committee.
Subjects: Water planning |
Library Call Number: L1836.61 w291
Session: 61st R.S. (1969)
Online version: View report [84 pages  File size: 3,812 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. The committee shall: (1) study the water situation in the state and the federal and state proposals concerning it; (2) study the changes, that may be needed in the state statutes concerning water protection and development; (3) study the organizational structure of all state water agencies and the administration of state laws relating to water; (4) make a study of what ecological effects might occur as a result of implementation of the Texas Water Plan; (5) study alternative methods of financing the Texas Water Plan; (6) hold hearings throughout the state, explaining the major water problems in the state and the proposals for solving them to those attending the hearings and consider alternative proposals from interested legislators and from the public; (7) review major water legislation enacted by the 61st Legislature; (8) submit its conclusions, together with drafts of bills and resolutions the committee finds would be helpful in solving state water problems, to the members of the 62nd Legislature.
Supporting documents
Committee: Joint Water Resources Study
Title: Transcript, March 12-13, 1970, Mount Pleasant, Texas
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1836.61 W291M 3/12/70
Session: 61st R.S. (1969)
Online version: View document [101 pages  File size: 172,170 kb]
Committee: Joint Water Resources Study
Title: Transcript, June 18, 1970, Abilene, Texas
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1836.61 W291M 6/18/70
Session: 61st R.S. (1969)
Online version: View document [160 pages  File size: 70,584 kb]
Committee: Joint Water Resources Study
Title: Transcript, August 14, 1970, McAllen, Texas
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1836.61 W291M 8/14/70
Session: 61st R.S. (1969)
Online version: View document [65 pages  File size: 32,086 kb]
Committee: Joint Land Use and Environmental Control
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Report of the Committee for the Study of Land Use and Environmental Control to the Sixty-first Legislature.
Subjects: Air pollution | Land use regulations | Noise pollution | Solid waste disposal | Surface water pollution | Water planning | Water quality management |
Library Call Number: L1836.60 L229
Session: 60th R.S. (1967)
Online version: View report [60 pages  File size: 6,312 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Pursue further studies of water quality and water uses in all of the waters of Texas and in addition thereto the Committee shall be authorized to study air pollution, noise pollution, and land use throughout the entire State of Texas.
Supporting documents
Committee: Joint Land Use and Environmental Control
Title: [Press memo]
Library Catalog Title: [Press memo]
Library Call Number: L1836.60 L229P
Session: 60th R.S. (1967)
Committee: Joint Land Use and Environmental Control
Title: Testimony, Statements of River Authorities before the Committee for the Study of Land Use and Environmental Control (Brazos River Authority, Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority, Lower Colorado River Authority, Red River Authority of Texas, Sabine River Authority of Texas, San Antonio River Authority, River Authorities Panel of the Texas Water Conservation Association), January 19, 1968; Statement, Railroad Commission of Texas
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1836.60 L229S
Session: 60th R.S. (1967)
Online version: View document [68 pages  File size: 86,528 kb]
Committee: House Water
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: A report to the governor and to the 61st legislature / by the Interim Water Study Committee.
Subjects: Water planning |
Library Call Number: L1836.60 w291
Session: 60th R.S. (1967)
Online version: View report [100 pages  File size: 7,962 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study the water situation in the state and the federal and state proposals concerning it.
2. Study the changes that may be needed in state statutes concerning water protection and development.
3. Hold hearings throughout the state, explaining the major water problems in the state and the proposals for solving them to those attending the hearings and consider alternative proposals from interested legislators and from the public.
4. Review major water legislation enacted by the 60th Legislature.
5. Submit its conclusions, together with drafts of bills and resolutions the committee finds would be helpful in solving state water problems, to the Members of the 61st Legislature.
Supporting documents
Committee: House Water
Title: Transcript, public hearing, San Antonio, Texas, July 26, 1968
Library Catalog Title: Minutes
Library Call Number: L1836.60 W291M 7/68
Session: 60th R.S. (1967)
Online version: View document [76 pages  File size: 120,874 kb]
Committee: House Conservation of Soil and Water Resources
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Report to the House of Representatives of the Fifty-ninth Legislature/ House Interim Committee to Study Conservation of Soil and Water Resources.
Subjects: Abandoned oil wells | Soil erosion | Water conservation | Water planning |
Library Call Number: L1836.58 c765
Session: 58th R.S. (1963)
Online version: View report [31 pages  File size: 1,377 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Study the problem of expediting planning and policy in connection with the protection and development of water and soil resources.

* This represents an abstract of the report contents. Charge text is incomplete or unavailable.

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