orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

February 12, 2013

Texas Senate starts work on $2B water fund

Associated Press
The Orange Leader

AUSTIN, Texas —  

 Texas senators have begun work on creating a $2 billion water fund and fundamentally restructuring the Texas Water Development Board.

Senate Natural Resources Committee Chairman Troy Fraser laid out his plan on Tuesday, but said he expected to spend weeks refining the measure, named Senate Bill 4.

Fraser complained that he asked the existing six-member water board for a prioritized list of water projects more than two years ago and he still doesn't have an answer.

Fraser wants to replace the current part-time board and replace it with three, full-time professionals. His bill also sets aside $2 billion to finance projects across the state.

Senate Bill 4 would allocate money for water projects so that 10 percent goes for rural infrastructure and 10 percent goes for conservation.