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Senate Select Committee on Water Policy
NOTE: This is archived committee information from the 78th Legislative Session.

Committee Information

Kenneth L. Armbrister

Kip Averitt
Bob Deuell
Robert Duncan
Troy Fraser
Jon Lindsay
Eddie Lucio, Jr.
Frank L. Madla
Eliot Shapleigh
Todd Staples
Tommy Williams


Kelly Gilbert

(512) 463-0390


The following reports are available for download:

Interim Charges

  • 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.
  • Subcommittee on the Lease of State Water Rights: Study proposals to lease permanent school fund and permanent university lands and their water rights for the purposes of developing and marketing water.
    • Analyze the present and future effects of such proposals on local aquifers, historic stream flows, local underground water conservation districts, and other public and private water interests.
    • Study the process by which the General Land Office considers proposals to lease state water rights, including methodology for holding open meetings, obtaining public input, meeting competitive bidding requirements, and coordination with TCEQ and other governmental units with possible regulatory oversight.
    • Study and evaluate the current and future value of water rights that may be leased to private entities, including the value to state, residential and commercial interests.
  • 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.