The House Committee on Natural Resources

85th Legislature

April 17, 2018

2:00 p.m.



Pursuant to a notice posted on April 9, 2018, the House Committee on Natural Resources met in a public hearing and was called to order by the chair, Representative Larson, at 2:04 p.m.


The initial quorum call was answered as follows: Representatives Larson; Phelan; Ashby; Burns; Frank; King, Tracy O.; Price; and Workman.


A quorum was present.


The committee met to consider the following interim charge:


“Study the following additional issues related to Hurricane Harvey and flooding issues in general:


a. The development of the initial State Flood Plan by the Texas Water Development Board, and how the plan might be enhanced or focused in light of Harvey;

b. Science and data availability and needs related to flood risk and to responding to flood events;

     c. The best methods of providing state financial assistance for flood infrastructure needs;

d. Opportunities for improved collection and storage of flood flows for future supply needs; and

e. The role of voluntary land conservation efforts, including conservation easements, in preventing and mitigating flooding.”


Testimony taken/registration recorded.  (See attached witness list.)


At 4:56 p.m., on the motion of the chair and without objection, the meeting was adjourned subject to the call of the chair.




Rep. Larson, Chair




Shannon Houston, Clerk