The Texas Senate Natural Resources Committee is holding a public hearing tomorrow (Wednesday, September 22) to discuss a couple of their interim charges (charges 1, 2, & 4). The hearing begins at 8:30 in room E1.012 at the State Capitol in Austin. Ken Kramer, Director of the Lone Star Chapter, Sierra Club has been invited to give testimony on charge #2 (groundwater management) at the hearing. .
The topics that the hearing will cover are the joint planning process for management of groundwater known as the GMA process and the financing of water infrastructure projects in the state. All the folks interested in groundwater will be monitoring this hearing to hear the latest opinions. Representatives from the Texas Water Development Board, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the Texas Farm Bureau, Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts, Texas Water Conservation Association and the Sierra Club will all be there to offer their testimony on how the GMA process is proceeding and what, if any, suggestions they have for changing the process.
We have written before on the GMA process and some of the pitfalls that we have witnessed along the way. You can read those posts here and here. The GMA process is a work in progress and there are some components that have worked better that others. It should be intersting to hear what groundwater professionals and others have to say on the topic tomorrow. You should be able to view the committee hearing at http://www.senate.state.tx.us/bin/live.php.
Posted by Jennifer Walker, Water Resources Specialist, Lone Star Chapter Sierra Club
TCEQ Sunset Eco Town Hall
Citizens fed up with water, air, and soil pollution in a state where industry runs roughshod over our rights gathered on Wednesday at the University of Houston to address the first in a series of Town Hall meetings being organized by local environmental groups across the state. And what a great kick-off it was with State Representative Jessica Farrar, fomer TCEQ Commissioner Larry Soward and current TCEQ chief Mark Vickery on the panel.
Righteous citizens ready for change see a once-in-a-decade opportunity to make pollution history in the Sunset Review process which is currently examining the functions of the Texas Rail Road Commission and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
Sierra Club is working with partner groups in the Alliance for a Clean Texas to assist some of the groups in having big and successful Town Hall meetings. Find out more about upcoming Town Hall meetings and make sure you make your opinion known in this window of opportunity leading up to…PUT THIS ON YOUR CALENDAR…the December 15, 2010, TCEQ Sunset Review PUBLIC HEARING in Austin. More details on that hearing to follow. In then meantime, shake your booty out to the Town Hall Meeting nearest to you!
Congratulations to the Air Alliance Houston, Houston Sierra Club, Texas Campaign for the Environment, Alliance for a Clean Texas, and the League of Women Voters for an excellent big success at the first of the historic TCEQ Sunset Town Hall meetings!
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