Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Obscure Agency Could Gain Power With Water Measure ... The Texas Tribune

Obscure Agency Could Gain Power With Water Measure

The persistence of drought conditions across Texas brought extra attention on the once-obscure Texas Water Development Board this legislative session, as lawmakers approved a major overhaul of the agency's leadership. 

And with a major financing proposal before voters, the power of the state agency, which has just under 300 employees, is poised to grow. Stakeholders will be watching to see if the new board can become a major player in shaping what Texas needs in the coming decades — a comprehensive strategy to ensure adequate water supplies in a booming state. 

Starting Sept. 1, Gov. Rick Perry will replace the current board by appointing three full-time government employees, who will make $150,000 a year. The board would also have control over $2 billion in a revolving fund for water supply projects across the state, should voters approve creating such a fund in November.     

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