Tuesday, June 10, 2008

11:00 a.m.

TecH20 Center, El Paso, Texas






Pursuant to a notice posted in accordance with Senate Rule 11.18, a public hearing of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources was held on Tuesday, June 10, 2008, in the TecH20 Center, El Paso, Texas







Senator Kip Averitt

Senator Craig Estes

Senator Kevin Eltife

Senator Glenn Hegar


Senator Kim Brimer

Senator Bob Deuell

Senator Robert Duncan

Senator Juan Hinojosa

Senator Mike Jackson

Senator Kel Seliger

Senator Carlos Uresti




The chair called the meeting to order at 11:05 a.m.  The following business was transacted: 


Senator Eliot Shapleigh welcomed the committee to El Paso and made opening remarks.


The following witnesses testified before the committee:


On a review of Article 2 of Senate Bill 3

Testifying as a panel:
Bill Mullican, Deputy Executive Administrator, Water Science and Conservation, Texas Water

Development Board

Kellye Rila, Manager, Water Rights Permitting and Availability Section, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality


On El Paso Conservation Initiatives and Far West Texas Water Issues

Testifying as a panel:

Ed Archuleta, President and CEO, El Paso Water Utilities Public Service Board

Jesus Reyes, General Manager, El Paso County Water Improvement District #1

Carlos Marin, Commissioner, International Boundary and Water Commission

On Other Conservation Activities

C.E. Williams, Treasurer, Texas Water Foundation and Chair, Water Conservation Advisory Council

Kirby Brown, Executive Director, Texas Wildlife Association


The chair opened public testimony and the following witnesses testified before the committee:

Gary Westbrook, Post Oak Savannah Groundwater Conservation District


There being no further business, Senator Averitt moved that the Committee stand recessed subject to the call of the chair.  Without objection, it was so ordered. 





Senator Kip Averitt, Chair




Teddy Carter, Clerk