Honorable Allan Ritter, Chair, House Committee on Natural Resources
Ursula Parks, Director, Legislative Budget Board
HB2578 by Larson (Relating to the development of brackish groundwater.), Committee Report 1st House, Substituted
The bill would amend the Water Code to require the Water Development Board (WDB) to designate brackish groundwater production zones, in cooperation with districts and stakeholders. At the request of a Groundwater Conservation District (GCD), the WDB would investigate whether permitted withdrawals are having certain impacts on aquifers. The WDB indicates any duties as a result of the bill would not result in a significant fiscal implication to the agency. The bill would take effect September 1, 2013.
Groundwater Conservation Districts (GCDs) would be required to adopt rules that include certain requirements for permits relating to brackish groundwater. GCDs would be required to provide related reports to the WDB. The bill would require regional planning groups to identify goals for the development of brackish groundwater desalination strategies. Bill provisions are not anticipated to have a significant fiscal implication for units of local government.
455 Railroad Commission, 580 Water Development Board
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