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State of Texas
Public Invited to Texas Senate Agriculture, Water, and Rural Affairs Harvey Committee Hearing
Press Release
Thursday, January 25, 2018

Houston, TX - The Texas Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water, and Rural Affairs will host a committee hearing on Monday, January 29, 2018, at 9:00 a.m., located at Wharton County Junior College, 911 E. Boling Hwy, Wharton, Texas 77488.  

The committee will hear invited and public testimony regarding the impact to agriculture and rural communities from Hurricane Harvey, along with the following charge: 

1) Study and make recommendations on how to move forward with water infrastructure projects in the State Water Plan that will help mitigate floods through flood control, diversion, and storage projects. Evaluate plans for a possible third reservoir in addition to Addicks and Barker to control and alleviate additional flooding in the region. Additionally, review the current status of reservoir projects in Texas. Examine opportunities for coordination between federal and state agencies to develop flood mitigation infrastructure, and the ongoing maintenance and restoration of critical dam infrastructure. 

To find a complete summary of the 2017 Interim Legislative Charges: Hurricane Harvey Response, issued by the Lieutenant Governor, click here 

While the conversation will focus on rural and agricultural Harvey related issues, both Council Member Dave Martin and Senator Brandon Creighton want to make sure residents are notified of all opportunities to make comments related to Lt. Governor Dan Patrick's interim charges for the Texas Senate.  

Public testimony will be limited to 2 minutes per person. Written testimony will be accepted at the event. Additionally, should you not be able to attend the hearing, testimony can be submitted by email to Lauren Murray, Committee Clerk, as well as Senator Brandon Creighton at 

For more information, please contact Rusty Smith, Committee Director, at (512) 463-0340.

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