Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 12, 2003
CONTACT: Doris Sanchez
Phone: (512) 463-0127

Sen. Lucio thanks Lt. Gov. Dewhurst for appointment to Senate Select Committee on Water Policy

AUSTIN, TX--State Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. said he is looking forward to serving on the Senate Select Committee on Water Policy he was appointed to today by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, as well as to the Subcommittee on the Lease of State Water Rights.

"I salute Lt. Gov. Dewhurst for his foresight in acknowledging that the future of this great state depends on the availability of water," said Sen. Lucio. "I am honored to be serving on a committee that will address what has become our most precious commodity. My chief priorities for South Texas include improving the transfer of water for irrigation, finding the best water conservation methods, and addressing the Rio Grande, which has some of the most difficult water-related problems in the nation. I also want to stay on top of the water Mexico owes us.

"Given our drought conditions and our complete reliance on an international boundary river for getting our water, South Texas definitely needs representation on this body. I am proud to be selected to represent the water needs of South Texas and the entire state," he added.

Sen. Lucio, who authored Senate Bill 1902, the bill that created the Rio Grande Regional Water Authority last regular session, feels that his work on the Water Policy Committee will help the development of the Authority, particularly its effort to establish desalination projects. He said, "The Water Authority will be given an opportunity to offer input to the Water Policy Committee. Everyone will work together for the common goal of preserving and expanding water resources for generations to come."

His other appointment to the Subcommittee on the Lease of State Water Rights will also afford him an opportunity to look at proposals concerning the leasing of permanent school fund and permanent university lands and their water rights for developing and marketing water.

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