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Agency History

Scope and Contents of the Records

Arrangement of the Records

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Water Resources Committee meeting files, 1954, 1956-1957,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Water Resources Committee:

An Inventory of Water Resources Committee Meeting Files at the Texas State Archives, 1954, 1956-1957



Overview

Creator: Texas Water Resources Committee.
Title: Water Resources Committee meeting files
Dates: 1954, 1956-1957
Abstract: The Texas Water Resources Committee, a joint committee of the Texas Legislature, worked in the 1950s to develop a long-range water policy and conservation program for the state in response to the emergency caused by recurrent drought which had depleted surface and ground water reserves in Texas. Records of the committee consist of meeting transcripts, 1954, 1956-1957, and a statement by High Plains Underground Water Conservation District No. 1, submitted at a meeting held January 9, 1956. The 1954 meeting heard witness testimony from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the Texas State Board of Water Engineers, the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Soil Conservation Service. Subsequent meetings included witnesses from industry, municipalities, soil and water conservation entities, and meteorological, agricultural, and water recreation groups. The official records of the committee, which were transferred to the Texas State Board of Water Engineers, later renamed the Texas Water Commission, are not among that commission's records held at the State Archives.
Quantity: 0.6 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The Texas Water Resources Committee, a joint committee of the Texas Legislature, worked in the 1950s to develop a long-range water policy and conservation program for the state in response to the emergency caused by recurrent drought which had depleted surface and ground water reserves in Texas. The committee was created in 1953 (House Bill 487, 53rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session) to exist for a period of four years after the effective date of the legislation, through August 1957. The committee collected data for a thorough and complete water resources inventory and reported every six months to the governor and to the legislature with its recommendations. After the committee expired, its official records were transferred to the Texas State Board of Water Engineers, later renamed the Texas Water Commission (House Bill 12, 57th Legislature, 3rd Called Session).

The committee was charged with compiling water resources studies already made by state (Texas Water Code Committee, Texas Legislative Council, Texas State Board of Water Engineers), federal (U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Corps of Engineers, U.S. Soil Conservation Administration), and university (University of Texas, A&M College of Texas) bodies; professional organizations (Texas Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Texas Water Conservation Association); public health authorities; and any other entities with information on water policy and conservation, to provide the legislature with aggregated data for the purpose of forming legislation to improve water conservation efforts. This research supplemented the meetings and hearings held by the committee, which gathered testimony about the condition of water resource management in Texas and allowed exchange of ideas among professionals and researchers in water resource fields such as engineering and geology.

The Water Resources Committee consisted of nine members, each serving a two-year term: three citizens named by the governor and confirmed by the senate, three senators appointed by the lieutenant governor, and three representatives named by the speaker of the house. Initial members were Senators Dorsey B. Hardeman (chair), John Junior Bell, and Jimmy Phillips; Representatives Jessy F. Gray, John Kimbrough, and James R. Paxton (vice-chair); O.G. McClaine, geologist; Marvin C. Nichols, engineer; and E.H. Klein, a mayor of Amarillo (1949-1953) who had secured water rights for the city from surrounding counties.

According to the committee's reports to the legislature and audit reports from the Texas Office of the State Auditor, several meetings were held in the first two fiscal years (FY) of the committee's existence, FY 1954 (September 1953-August 1954) and FY 1955; seven meetings were held in FY 1956; and at least five meetings were held in FY 1957. In August 1955 the committee reported to the legislature that four of its proposed measures had been enacted into law during the 54th Legislature, Regular Session: the Water District Reporting Act (House Bill 27), the Water Users Registration Act (House Bill 41), the Anti-Oil Field Polluting Act (Senate Bill 4), and the Federal Projects Hearings Act (House Bill 11).

(Sources include: the enabling legislation, 1953; Texas Water Resources Committee report to the legislature, August 26, 1955; Texas Office of the State Auditor audit reports on the Water Resources Committee, 1957, 1959; and the records themselves.)

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Scope and Contents of the Records

The Texas Water Resources Committee, a joint committee of the Texas Legislature, worked in the 1950s to develop a long-range water policy and conservation program for the state in response to the emergency caused by recurrent drought which had depleted surface and ground water reserves in Texas. Records of the committee consist of meeting transcripts, 1954, 1956-1957, and a statement by High Plains Underground Water Conservation District No. 1, submitted at a meeting held January 9, 1956. The 1954 meeting heard witness testimony from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the Texas State Board of Water Engineers, the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Soil Conservation Service. Subsequent meetings included witnesses from industry, municipalities, soil and water conservation entities, and meteorological, agricultural, and water recreation groups. The official records of the committee, which were transferred to the Texas State Board of Water Engineers, later renamed the Texas Water Commission, are not among that commission's records held at the State Archives.

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Arrangement of the Records

These records are arranged in chronological order by record type by State Archives staff.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Restrictions on Use

Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements

None.

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Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Corporate Names:
Geological Survey (U.S.)
High Plains Underground Water Conservation District No. 1 (Tex.)
Texas Board of Water Engineers.
Texas Water Commission.
Texas. Legislature.
United States. Army. Corps of Engineers.
United States. Bureau of Reclamation.
United States. Soil Conservation Service.
Subjects:
Water conservation--Texas.
Water resources development--Texas.
Water-supply--Texas.
Document Types:
Transcripts--Texas--Water--1954, 1956-1957.
Reports--Texas--Water--1956.
Functions:
Protection of water resources.

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Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Texas Governor Allan Shivers records, 1937-1964, 1968, undated, bulk 1949-1956, 561 cubic ft. [See series Appointment files and Committees and Commissions records.]
Texas Governor Allan Shivers records, General files (part 2), 1946-1964, bulk 1949-1956, 92 cubic ft.
Texas Water Commission minutes, 1913-1986, 7.51 cubic ft.
Texas Water Commission records, 1941-1942, 1956-1971, 1977-1981, 1 cubic ft.
Texas Department of Water Resources, High Plains-Ogallala Aquifer Area Study records, 1955-1983, 16 cubic ft.
Railroad Commission of Texas, Arkansas-White-Red Basins Inter-Agency Committee records, 1954-1956, bulk 1955, 2 cubic ft.
Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, Liberty, Texas
Texas Governor Price Daniel general files, 1944-1945, 1954-1966, bulk 1957-1962, approximately 139 cubic ft.
Texas Governor Price Daniel records, 1944-1966, undated, bulk 1957-1962, approximately 466 cubic ft. [See series Water files.]
Texas Legislative Reference Library
Texas. Office of the State Auditor. Audit Reports, Texas Water Resources Committee, Austin, Texas, 1954-1959. [Audit report for fiscal years 1954-1957 includes the committee report to the Legislature, August 26, 1955.]

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), Texas Water Resources Committee meeting files. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 2006/066, 2011/207

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Legislative Reference Library on October 19, 2005, and February 17, 2011.

Processing Information

Processed by Rebecca Romanchuk, March 2009

Correction made to Related Materials, and new accession added by Rebecca Romanchuk, June 2011

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Detailed Description of the Records

 

Water Resources Committee meeting files, 1954, 1956-1957,
0.6 cubic ft.

Meeting transcripts, 1954, 1956-1957:
Box
2006 Accessions Box 1 (2006/066) April 14 and 15, 1954
[2 folders]
Box
2011/207 March 8-9, 1956
May 17-18, 1956
September 6-7, 1956
November 1, 1956
December 6, 1956
December 28-29, 1956
January 10, 1957
Box
2006 Accessions Box 1 (2006/066) Statement by High Plains Underground Water Conservation District No. 1, January 9, 1956

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