NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

COMMITTEE: Natural Resources

TIME & DATE: 10:00AM, Tuesday, August 8, 2006

PLACE: Houston, Texas

CHAIR: Senator Kip Averitt

North Harris County Regional Water Authority, Suite 110
3648 F.M. 1960 West
Houston, Texas

The Senate Committee on Natural Resources will meet to consider invited and
public testimony on the following:

Interim Charge #2:  Study and assess all issues related to ground and
surface water law, policy and management, including, but not limited to:

   -the role of federal, state, regional and local governments, including
    river authorities and other water management entities, and their
    jurisdiction, authority, and coordination in setting consistent,
    nondiscriminatory water policies;
   -the statutory, regulatory, and/or economic impediments to implementing
    key water management strategies recommended in the Regional and State
    Water Plans;
   -the role of groundwater conservation districts;
   -conjunctive use of both ground and surface water resources;
   -rule of capture;
   -historic use standards;
   -water infrastructure and financing, including financing sources for new
    water resources;
   -interbasin transfers;
   -water rights, including environmental flows, junior water rights;
   -the transistion of water rights from agricultural to municipal and
    industrial uses and coordination among trasitioning water management
   -drought preparedness;
   -and water marketing.

All testimony will be limited to these subjects.  Please direct questions
to the committee office at (512)463-0390.