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HB 1042, if passed, would designate a section of river, namely the Little Wichita River in Clay County a half mile upstream from the confluence, as being of unique value for the construction of a reservoir, per Section 16.051(g) of the Water Code. The site is designated for the Ringgold Reservoir.
We recognize that water management is a legitimate function of the state and the designation being exercised in HB 1042 is explicitly allowed in code. As this bill does not actually authorize any projects, but merely provides a designation, it does not positively or negatively influence our principles. We are neutral on HB 1042.