From the Office of State Senator Glenn Hegar, District 18

For Immediate Release
December 10, 2007
Contact: Lisa Craven
(512) 463-0118

Senator Glenn Hegar Appointed to the Environmental Flows Advisory Group

Senator Hegar, a member of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and an emergent voice in Texas water policy, was recently appointed to the Environmental Flows Advisory Group by Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst. The Group was created by House Bill 3, the omnibus water policy legislation passed during the 80th Legislative Session, to study the current and future demands placed on Texas' water resources and the resulting environmental impact.

"The rapid growth Texas has experienced is projected to continue and even quicken in pace," said Senator Hegar. "Texas is blessed with an abundance of streams, rivers, and aquifers, but unfortunately our water resources will not increase as our population does. Careful planning is needed to protect the environmental health, economic vitality, and natural beauty of our great state and I am honored to play a part in that vital process."

The Environmental Flows Advisory Group is a nine member panel consisting of three House members appointed by Speaker Craddick, three Senate members appointed by Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, and three Governor's appointees. The Governor's three appointees will consist of one member each from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the Texas Water Development Board, and the Parks and Wildlife Commission.

Senator Hegar will serve alongside Senators Kip Averitt, and Senator Kim Brimer, as well as Representatives Robert Puente, Mike Hamilton, and Jodie Laudenberg. The group will be led by co-presiding officers Senator Averitt and Representative Puente, each of whom chair the Natural Resources Committees in their respective chambers.

Senator Hegar is currently serving his first term in the Texas Senate after serving two terms in the House of Representatives. He is a 6th generation Texan, and earns a living farming rice and corn on land that has been in his family since the mid 1800s. The Hegars reside in Katy, Texas.