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HB 3991 would authorize an aquifer storage and recovery project to involve the use of water derived from multiple sources, authorize a right or amendment to be for water that is not continuously available, and to authorize the diversion and use of excess flows that would otherwise flow into the Gulf of Mexico. In addition, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality would be required to consider certain factors before approving a new appropriation in the Rio Grande basin for a storage and recovery project.
This bill would also allow a permit holder for a water storage reservoir that is a part of a storage and recovery project to file for an amended right to change the use or purpose if the reservoir has not yet been constructed. Such amended rights would be exempt from hearing requirements if the application does not increase the water use or change the point of diversion.