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HB 1232, if passed, would authorize the Texas Water Development Board to conduct a study of the aquifers of the state. This study would determine water quantity, quality and salinity, whether the aquifers in question are tributary or non-tributary, the contribution to surface flow, the relationship between aquifers and, the relationship to injection wells and desalination. The report would be required to produce a map and other data effectively clarifying all of the above issues. Before the study is conducted the Board is to determine the minimum rate of water contribution necessary to be included in the study, and an appropriate definition of “suitability” per (a)(5) of this section.
Practically speaking, the study proposed by HB 1232 is a prudent decision, given the water management responsibilities of the state. However, since this is merely a study, has no, fiscal impact, and regards only state agencies, HB 1232 does not affect any of our principles. We are neutral on HB 1232.