State water board keeps planning for drought

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Brenner Brown, a team manager with the Texas Water Development Board, speaks to the Mexia Lions Club about the Water Board and how it has changed since the November 2013 election. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer

When Texans voted in November to allow the state to take $2 billion from the rainy day fund to provide money for water development projects, the state also reorganized the board, changing it from six part-time members to three full-time.
Brenner Brown, a team manager with the Texas Water Development Board, spoke to the Mexia Lions Club recently on how the board works and on the state legislation that provides the new funding.
The board was created by the Texas Legislature in 1957 in the wake of a severe drought. Its mission is to help lead, plan and finance water conservation and development as well as to provide information and education on the subject.
“We had some very forward-thinking leadership back in the ’50s,” Brown told the Lions, “and many of our elected officials spent time around the state, looking at the potential and how we were going to deal with our water issues in the future.”

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