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Groundwater ownership bill passes committee, heads to Senate floor
Apr 01, 2011 | 1164 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) applauded the Senate Natural Resources Committee Tuesday, March 22, for passing SB 332, a bill that recognizes that a landowner has a vested ownership interest in the groundwater below the surface as an interest in the landowner’s real property. The bill will now make its way to the Senate floor for a vote.

SB 332, introduced by Chairman Troy Fraser, amends the Texas Water Code by clarifying that landowners have a vested ownership interest in the groundwater below their land. SB 332 also recognizes the current authority of groundwater conservation districts (GCDs).

“For more than a century, landowners have owned the groundwater below their land, and it is important that the Legislature recognize this vested ownership interest,” said Dave Scott, rancher and TSCRA president. “SB 332 reaffirms this vested ownership interest while recognizing the current authority of groundwater conservation districts.”

Landowner groups across the state have worked diligently to ensure SB 332 becomes law,” Scott said.
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