HB 2377

85(R) - 2017
House Natural Resources
Senate Agriculture, Water, & Rural Affairs
House Natural Resources
Senate Agriculture, Water, & Rural Affairs
Groundwater Conservation Districts  
Special Districts

Vote Recommendation

  • Positive
  • Positive
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Lyle Larson


Eddie Lucio III


Charles Perry

Bill Caption

Relating to the development of brackish groundwater.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

Under current law, brackish groundwater production zones are designated to reduce the use of fresh groundwater. HB 2377 would authorize a groundwater conservation district located over any part of a designated brackish groundwater production zone to create a process for issuing permits to a project designed to treat brackish groundwater to drinking water standards. The establishment of  a permitting process would also be required upon the result of a petition from a person with a legally defined interest in groundwater. These permits would last at least 30 years and the Texas Water Development Board would be granted relevant oversight.

Vote Recommendation Notes

This bill supports the principles of property rights and the free market by enabling the establishment of permitting processes for individuals in groundwater production zones to treat brackish groundwater to drinking water standards. For this reason, we support HB 2377.

Organizations Supporting

Association of Electric Companies of Texas
Canadian River Municipal Water Authority
City of San Antonio
Concho Resources Inc.
Permian Basin Petroleum Association
Pioneer Energy Resources
Prairielands Groundwater Conservation District
San Antonio Water System
Texas Alliance of Energy Producers
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association
Texas Association of Business
Texas Desalination Association
Texas Farm Bureau
Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association
Texas Land and Mineral Owners Association
Texas Oil and Gas Association
Texas Water Conservation Association
Texas Water Infrastructure Network
Texas Wildlife Association

Organizations Opposed

League of Independent Voters of Texas