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  • The Texas constitution preempts cities from regulating oil and gas. Some cities such as Houston had ordinances requiring drilling be at lest 1,000 feet from the normal water’s edge of Lake Houston or any of its drains, streams or tributaries
  • HB40 re-written to include a 5-year “prima facie” clause, a legal term which gives the impression that cities will retain the right to keep ordinances more than 5 years old. At best, this is only partially true.
  • 182,550 families in Houston who applied for FEMA aid but were denied – about 71% of the city’s total applicants.


  • Create a public bank to finance water related projects
  • Close corporate loopholes in the state sales tax
  • Reallocate some of the $800 million wasted on border security
  • Amend the Texas constitution remove the cap on the Consolidated Water Quality Fee assessed by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, so that the fee is assessed equitably on all fee payers.
  • Any business that uses more than 100,000 gallons of water a day will be charged an additional 25-cents per every 1,000 gallons.
  • Reduce the amount of money wasted on professional sports stadiums so the money can be used to reduce flooding
  • Do a feasibility study on turning some of the city of houston golf courses into flood detention ponds similar to Clear Lake
  • Repeal the $12.27 revenue cap to be able to use fund for flood mitigation

Texas Constitution
Code – Water
Chapter – 26 Water Quality Control
Section – 26.0291 Water Quality Fee

Code – Natural Resources
Chapter – 81 Railroad Commission of Texas
Section – 81.0523 Exclusive Jurisdiction and Express Preemption

USA Today – Proposal would allow Harvey victims to use retirement savings for home repair

Houston Free Press – How Close Is Too Close to Drill for Oil Near Lake Houston?

NPR – After HB 40, What’s Next for Local Drilling Rules in Texas?

Statesman – Growth of large private water companies brings higher water rates, little recourse for consumers

Yes Magazine – Faced With a Fracking Giant, This Small Town Just Legalized Civil Disobedience

Houston Chronicle – Houston Suburbs Reclaiming more Waste Water

Houston as a Model City: Meeting the challenges of an environmental crisis The Future of Water

League City spending $157 million to meet growing demand for water

City of Houston to Look at Expanding Water Supply

Texas Water Development Board

Houston Chronicle – Wichita, Kansas Exploring Grey Water Options

LA Times – California will soon have toughest shower head requirements in nation

EPA – Green Parking Lot

A Case Study: EPA’s Permeable Pavement Parking Lot

National Geographic – Why Did L.A. Drop 96 Million ‘Shade Balls’ Into Its Water?

“Urban Swales: Subterranean Reservoir Network for Los Angeles,” 2nd place winner in Dry Futures Speculative category

Under Pressure: Bathers Duck Weak Shower Heads

EPA: $1 trillion water investment needed for American population growth

State of Tyler’s water system

State officials approve Central Texas-friendly water management plan

Miami Herald – Beyond the high tides, South Florida water is changing

Huffington Post – This Company Wants To Help Buildings Save Water And Money

NPR – Big Switch for Water Regulation in Texas Dominates Hearing at the Capitol

Texas Comptroller – Texas Supreme Court Decision Affirms Right to Water

Texas Tribune – State Supreme Court Punts on Major Water Case

Texas Tribune – Fort Worth Floats Idea of Privatizing Water Services

Texas Tribune – See How Local Drilling Rules Vary Across Texas

Texas Tribune – Blue Mound Residents Boiling Over Water Rate

Next City – 4 Things to Know Before Your Water Is Privatized

Next City – Philadelphia Considers Exempting Gardens From Stormwater Fees

Charleston Gazette Mail – Missoula officials make case for public water takeover in WV

Wasll Street Journal – Towns Try to Take Back Water Systems

Environmental Defense Fund – What Texas’ Elected Officials Should Know About House Bill 40

Star Telegram – Cities concerned about state urban-drilling bill

Lubbock Online – Hernandez, advocates say proposed state oil, gas bills would ‘erode’ city’s authority

California Law Recognizes Meadows and Forests as Water Infrastructure

Sacramento Bee – California must invest in watersheds, just like dams

Men’s Journal – Who Stole the Water?

San Antonio Express – Three water bills to watch in the Texas Legislature

The Guardian – Rural water access: why should countries follow Paraguay’s lead?

City Lab – Why Doesn’t New Orleans Look More Like Amsterdam?

Next City – Low-Income Philadelphians Get Help Paying the Water Bill

Think Progress – How The New Flood Insurance Reforms Make Costly Future Climate Disasters More Likely

The Week – The perverse incentives of the National Flood Insurance Program

The Atlantic – Can Congress Bring the National Flood Insurance Program Above Water?

Texas Observer – Troubled Waters: New Book Plunges into Texas’ Convoluted Water Law

How To Disappear a River

No Resolution in Sight For Ranchers and Farmers Fighting Over San Saba River

Houston Press – Out of Control

City Council proposes higher water fees for large companiesCity Council proposes higher water fees for large companies

The Largest Harvey-Related Gasoline Spill Went Unknown for Weeks

Massive city sewer struggles will mean higher water bills

Feds, state sue Houston over years of illegal sewage spills

EPA auditing Houston’s use of water infrastructure project fund

How is the City Addressing Thousands of Sewage Overflows?

Flushing the Toilet Has Never Been Riskier

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