The following information is extracted from the charge which establishes this subcommittee from the Select Interim Committee on Water Policy.
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.
This is a subcommittee of the Committee on Water Policy as stated in that committees charges. Please refer to the Committee on Water Policy web page for more information.