PRESS RELEASE
from the Office of State Senator Craig Estes, District 30

For Immediate Release
April 30, 2007
Contact: Jody Withers
(512) 463-0130

Senate passes Estes bill creating groundwater conservation district

AUSTIN -- The Texas Senate passed Senate Bill 1983 by State Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) to create the Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District encompassing Hood, Montague, Parker, and Wise counties.

"I very much appreciate the support of my colleagues in the Senate to pass legislation important to my Senate District," said Estes.

The creation of the groundwater conservation district is subject to approval by a majority vote of local residents, and would be financed by user fees. The conservation district would not have taxing authority and would be governed by locally appointed directors.

Senate Bill 1983 also authorizes the new Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District to require oil and gas, and other industrial users to report their annual water usage to the district to enable the district directors to effectively plan for future water needs.

"Without this reporting on water use, the conservation district cannot effectively plan for the future, " said Estes.

Senate Bill 1983 will now go to the Texas House for consideration.

Senator Estes also is co-authoring Senate Bill 174 which would take the same reporting requirement in the Upper Trinity Groundwater Conservation District and apply it to all groundwater conservation districts.

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