Water Rights (Texas)

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Last modified on February 12, 2015.

EZFeed Policy

Place Texas


   
Applies to States or Provinces Texas
Name Water Rights (Texas)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province



























Program Administrator Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Texas Water Development Board
Primary Website http://www.tceq.texas.gov/permitting/water_rights/water_rights.html



Last Review 2014-09-15


Information Source http://www.twdb.state.tx.us/waterplanning/waterbank/


Summary

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality regulates the water rights for the state of Texas. Water and state water may be appropriated, stored, or diverted in the state of Texas for beneficial uses in reasonable amounts, with certain conditions. The Commission issues permits and regulations for water rights in Texas.

Included in beneficial uses are: agricultural and industrial uses; processes designed to convert materials into forms having greater usability and commercial value, including the development of power by means other than hydroelectric; mining and recovery of minerals; and hydroelectric power.

The Texas Water Bank, including the Texas Water Trust, is managed by the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB). The Bank facilitates the marketing and transfer of water and water rights through the provision of information describing availability and needs for water in the State.

Section 12 of the Water Code describes permit applications for water use in more detail, and section 13 focuses on water rates and services.



Policy Contact

Contact Name Dan Hardin
Department Texas Water Development Board
Division Water Resources Planning Division
Address 1700 N. Congress Ave

Place Austin, Texas
Zip/Postal Code 78701
Phone 512-463-7847


Email Dan.Hardin@twdb.texas.gov
Website http://www.twdb.state.tx.us/waterplanning/staff.asp
Contact Name Ron Ellis
Department Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Division Water Rights Permitting and Availability Section
Address 12100 Park 35 Circle

Place Austin, Texas
Zip/Postal Code 78753
Phone 512-239-1282

Fax 512-239-2214

Website http://www.tceq.texas.gov/about/directory/water_directory.html
     

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Tex. Water Code 11




Authority 2: Tex. Water Code 12




Authority 3: Tex. Water Code 13




Authority 4: Tex. Admin. Code 30-1.295




Authority 5: Tex. Admin. Code 30-1.297
















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