HB 3166

85(R) - 2017
House Natural Resources
House Natural Resources
Groundwater Conservation Districts  
Special Districts

Vote Recommendation

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  • Negative
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Eddie Lucio III

Bill Caption

Relating to the consideration of modeled sustainable groundwater pumping in the adoption of desired future conditions in groundwater conservation districts.

Fiscal Notes

No fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

Under current law, groundwater conservation districts adopt desired future conditions. HB 3166 would require desired future conditions to incorporate the maximum sustainable groundwater pumping, which is a scientific determination of the groundwater that may be produced in perpetuity from an aquifer on an annual basis.

Vote Recommendation Notes

This bill infringes on the principles of limited government and property rights by requiring the incorporation of vague standards into desired future conditions. Because this would open the door for unchecked regulation of groundwater pumping, we oppose HB 3166.

Organizations Supporting

City of Corpus Christi
Clearwater Underground Water Conservation District
League of Independent Voters of Texas
National Wildlife Federation
Prairielands Groundwater Conservation District
San Antonio Water System
Texas Water Conservation Association
Texas Wildlife Association
The Nature Conservancy
The Sierra Club