Joint Interim Committee on Water Resources  
                           Development and Management 
                             Thursday, April 2, 1998 
                                     1:30 pm 
                       Corpus Christi City Council Chamber 
         Pursuant to a notice posted in accordance with Senate Rule  
         11.11, a public hearing of the Joint Interim Committee on  
         Water Resources Development and Management was held on  
         Thursday, April 2, 1998, at the Corpus Christi City Council  
         Chamber, in Corpus Christi, Texas.   
         MEMBERS PRESENT:                        MEMBERS ABSENT: 
         Chairman J.E. "Buster" Brown            Senator Eddie Lucio 
         Chairman Ron Lewis                      Representative David  
         Senator Ken Armbrister                  Representative Robert  
         Senator Carlos Truan                     
         Senator Jeff Wentworth                   
         Representative Robert Cook 
         Representative Gary Walker               
         Chairman Brown called the hearing to order at 1:35 p.m. and  
         the following business was transacted: 
         Senator Truan moved that the Minutes from the previous hearing  
         be adopted.  There being no objection, it was so ordered. 
         Opening remarks were made by Chairman Brown and Senator Truan. 
         Corpus Christi Mayor Lloyd Neal welcomed the committee to  
         Corpus Christi and stated the importance of water to this  
         state, and particular his city of Corpus Christi, stating that  
         "water is the lifeblood of our city and area". 
         The committee welcomed a special speaker, Meir Ben Meir, the  
         Water Commissioner of Israel, who gave a presentation on the  
         water management practices of Israel. 
         The following registered as witnesses before the committee: 
         Commissioner John Baker, TNRCC 
         Jack Hunt, Board Member of the Texas Water Development Board 
         Gary Bushell, City of Corpus Christi 
         David McNichols, M.D., Corpus Christi City Council Member 
         Carl Crull, Corpus Christi Assistant City Manager 
         Kenneth L. Choffel, City of Corpus Christi 
         Emmett Gloyna, Lavaca-Navidad River Authority 
         James A. Dodson, Nueces River Authority 
         Jerry Kane, Kane Beef Processors 
         Davis L. Ford, City of Corpus Christi 
         Tom Curlee, Jr., Port Industries of Corpus Christi 
         Ray Perryman, City of Corpus Christi 
         Josephine Miller, San Patricio County 
         Craig Pedersen, Texas Water Development Board 
         Jerry James, City of Victoria 
         Walt Howard, Poseidon Resources 
         J.E. O'Brien, Corpus Christi Taxpayers Assoc., Inc. 
         John W.F. Hartley, South Texas Research Foundation 
         Greg Carter, Central Power & Light 
         M. Byron Wooldridge 
         Raymond H. Hasker, Corpus Christi Taxpayers Assoc, Inc. 
         Judge Luis Pruneda Garcia, Driscoll Municipal Court Judge 
         At 6:05 p.m., on the motion of the chair and without  
         objection, the hearing was recessed. 
         Senator J.E. Brown, Co-Chair  Representative Ron Lewis,  
         Carol K. McGarah, Clerk