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Texas groundwater takes center stage…again

Texas groundwater takes center stage…again

By Billy Howe
TFB State Legislative Director

During the 2013 session of the Texas Legislature, funding the State Water Plan was at center stage. And rightfully so, considering this drought has brought into focus how unprepared our state is for a record drought with a growing population.

However, behind the scenes there were several contentious groundwater issues as well. Legislation was debated on reporting groundwater usage to the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), providing the TWDB with more oversight of local groundwater conservation districts, mandating criteria for local districts to use in permitting the production of brackish groundwater, and requiring local districts to issue long-term permits to produce groundwater.

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Water grows Texas for families, jobs and food

Water grows Texas for families, jobs and food

By Ken Hodges

Water grows Texas for families, jobs and food. Tomorrow, Texans will make a decision on the future of this precious resource for the Lone Star State.

Proposition 6, if passed, will provide a funding mechanism to address Texas’ growing water needs in a fiscally responsible manner. Projects eligible for financial assistance must come from the 16 locally controlled Regional Water Planning Groups that cover the entire state.

Here are 10 reasons you should vote for Proposition 6:

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Water: Local control, state control or both: What is the right answer?

Water: Local control, state control or both: What is the right answer?

By Billy Howe
TFB State Legislative Director

Every session of the Texas Legislature, bills are filed to provide more state oversight of groundwater management. This session is no exception.

Water marketers and water supply entities come to Austin and tell their stories of how they have been mistreated by local districts, or how the policies of the district don’t recognize the realities of building multi-million dollar water projects.

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