Texas Board Lists Top Water Projects 3/6/13
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas water planners facing mounting scrutiny from lawmakers have privately ranked a list of projects as priorities to address the state's growing water crisis.
The Associated Press obtained the list compiled by the Texas Water Development Board through an open records request for the agency's emails.
The list focusing on $8 billion in projects serving large urban areas was quietly sent last month to top Republicans, including Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Sen. Troy Fraser.
Water board chairman Billy Bradford says the agency is not "terribly comfortable" with the request to draw up the list. He says it's not the agency's job to prioritize the more than 500 projects in the state's water plan.
Water is a priority for the Legislature this session after a historic drought in 2011.