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October 24, 2013 Texas Water Conservation 1 Comment

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INTRODUCTION – For those of you who don’t know me, introductions are in order. My name is Shannon Drawe, and I was tapped to be on the newly formed Texas Council’s board as the North Region Director earlier this year. This past week, I was asked to move from that job to be a part of the Texas Council’s “Conservation Team focused on water issues, rights and access” by Russell Husted. If you are familiar with my website Texas Fly Caster, you know I have been writing about water for quite some time now – on “Water Wednesdays.”

Now, you can watch me eagerly jump out of the frying pan, and into the fire … or maybe the line of fire. In a case of hitting the ground running, you, if you are a registered voter living in Texas, have an opportunity, RIGHT NOW, to control the future of water in Texas. Proposition 6 is on the ballot. If you are an early voter, you need to know what Proposition 6 says, who comprises the Texas Water Board, and cast an informed vote. If you will be voting on election day, November 5, that is plenty of time for you to do your due diligence and cast your vote at your local poling place.

In the coming months, this Conservation Team will be honing its message and positions based on what members of the the Texas Council International Federation of Fly Fishers want our positions to be. This is a priority because the environment, and the wheels of legislation are now in process of laying tire tracks across all our fly fishing backs. We’re already behind when we look at the potential ramifications of Texas Proposition 6.

In the interest of time saving, let me just load up some pertinent links that will definitely tell you more about Proposition 6 than I know. I’m still reading:

Texas Water Development Board Website
Proposition 6 Frequently Asked Questions
House Bill 4, Senate Joint Resolution 1, and House Bill 1025 Implementation Deadlines
Members of the Texas Water Development Board
Who is your Texas State Representative and what is their position on Proposition 6?

Chances are, your Representative voted FOR Proposition 6 to get it on the ballot. That doesn’t mean they don’t have their own opinion! Feel free to contact them, and see what they think about Proposition 6 and what it means to you – wherever you live in Texas.

I hope this information helps you begin to form an opinion on the direction the Texas Council should take right now, and going forward in the fight for Texas water conservation and use, for the best interest of the entire Texas environment – for the future of Texas and fly fishing in Texas.

NOTE – My writing at www.texasflycaster.com is certainly of a specific opinion on this topic. Please feel free to search through the “Water Wednesday” topics there if you like.

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  1. Shannon says:

    Received today via e mail newsletter from my State Rep. Myra Crownover:

    “Recent rains have improved drought conditions across the state but according to the Texas Water Development Board, over 90% of Texas is still experiencing some level of drought and the majority of Texas falls within the “moderate to severe” drought category. Texas lakes and reservoirs are currently only 60% full.

    On November 5, Texas voters will have the opportunity to greatly improve our water infrastructure. Proposition 6, if approved, will authorize the transfer of $2 billion dollars from the Rainy Day Fund to an investment account that will be used to finance needed water infrastructure projects throughout the state. It is important to note that the investment account created by Proposition 6 will be a revolving account that will replenish itself. As water projects are finished, they will begin to pay into the account and allow for the financing of new projects for generations to come.

    By investing $2 billion of our excess oil and gas revenue into water infrastructure, Texans can actually turn oil into water.

    There is a small but noisy group who will oppose Proposition 6 in the name of fiscal conservatism. They are misguided. Oil and gas revenue continues to flow into the Rainy Day Fund and it is now projected to have a balance of over $11 billion by 2015. Should Proposition 6 pass, the resulting transfer would only slightly reduce an overflowing fund that is projected to grow by $2.5 – $3 billion per year for the foreseeable future.

    The choice is clear – Texans have a chance to invest $2 billion of the Rainy Day Fund for critically needed water infrastructure projects that will benefit Texas for decades, or we could allow those funds to accumulate for future legislatures to spend as they please. It is time to invest in our water infrastructure.

    I urge you to join me in voting yes on Proposition 6.”

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