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Overview

Agency History

Scope and Contents of the Records

Arrangement of the Records

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

House of Representatives Special Committee to Investigate Pollution of Public Waters report, 1937,

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Texas Legislature, House of Representatives, Special Committee to Investigate Pollution of Public Waters:

An Inventory of House of Representatives Special Committee to Investigate Pollution of Public Waters Report at the Texas State Archives, 1937



Overview

Creator: Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. Special Committee to Investigate Pollution of Public Waters.
Title: House of Representatives Special Committee to Investigate Pollution of Public Waters report
Dates: 1937
Abstract: The Texas House of Representatives Special Committee to Investigate Pollution of Public Waters was created by an unnumbered simple resolution introduced May 21, 1937 during the 45th Texas Legislature, Regular Session to investigate existing and threatened pollution of public waters and to communicate with authorities in neighboring states regarding the same. Records consist of the committee's tentative report, dated October 25, 1937 and presented to the 2nd Called Session of the 45th Legislature, which targeted three major sources of pollution: inadequate sewage systems, salt water wastes from oil recovery and industrial waste.
Quantity: fractional
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The Texas House of Representatives Special Committee to Investigate Pollution of Public Waters was created by an unnumbered simple resolution introduced May 21, 1937 during the 45th Texas Legislature, Regular Session to investigate existing and threatened pollution of public waters and to communicate with authorities in neighboring states regarding the same. The anti-stream pollution law of the time (Article 4444, Revised Civil Statutes, 1925), which invested the State Board of Health with the power to enforce the law's provisions, had proved insufficient to allow state authorities to monitor for and prevent pollution. The committee of seven members was appointed the next day and went on to inspect sewage treatment plants in thirteen Texas cities. Public and semi-public hearings were held in eight cities in the state, and the committee submitted a questionnaire to about 500 municipalities to broaden the scope of the investigation.

On October 25, 1937, the committee presented its tentative report to the 2nd Called Session of the 45th Legislature. The report targeted three major sources of pollution: inadequate sewage systems, salt water wastes from oil recovery and industrial waste. The committee recommended that investigation into these matters continue. On May 8, 1939, House Simple Resolution 264 was passed during the 46th Legislature, Regular Session to provide for further examination of pollution of public waterways by a House of Representatives Committee on Stream Pollution, on which two members of the previous committee served.

(Sources include: the guide survey completed for this material, and the Texas Legislative Reference Library website, accessed November 26, 2013.)

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Scope and Contents of the Records

The Texas House of Representatives Special Committee to Investigate Pollution of Public Waters was created by an unnumbered simple resolution introduced May 21, 1937 during the 45th Texas Legislature, Regular Session to investigate existing and threatened pollution of public waters and to communicate with authorities in neighboring states regarding the same. Records consist of the committee's tentative report, dated October 25, 1937 and presented to the 2nd Called Session of the 45th Legislature, which targeted three major sources of pollution: inadequate sewage systems, salt water wastes from oil recovery and industrial waste. The report recommended that investigation into these matters continue. The committee's hearing testimony, questionnaire and tabulation of responses appear not to have survived.

To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.

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Arrangement of the Records

The records consist of a single report.

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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. 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.
Subjects:
Governmental investigations--Water--Pollution--Texas.
Water--Pollution--Texas.
Document Types:
Reports--Texas--Governmental investigations--1937.
Functions:
Administering governmental investigations.

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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 State Planning Board records, 1914-1939, undated, bulk 1934-1939, 19.43 cubic feet, 3 scrapbooks, 366 maps, 48 photographs [See especially file: Trinity Basin, 1936 study, Flood damage and stream pollution data.]
The University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections
San Antonio River Authority Records, 1920-2011, 220 linear feet (212 Boxes and 18 oversize folders)[See especially file: Stream pollution investigation including correspondence, mailing list, 1939 and 1946.]
Publications
Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. Journal of the House of Representatives of the state of Texas, 45th Legislature, Regular Session. Austin: Standard Office, 1937.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Texas House of Representatives Special Committee to Investigate Pollution of Public Waters report. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 1982/322

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Secretary of State on May 23, 1940.

Processing Information

Guide survey information compiled by Michael Green, August 1982

Finding aid encoded in EAD Version 2002 as part of the TARO project by Rebecca Romanchuk, December 2013

Other Formats for the Records

The committee's report as printed in the Journal of the Texas House of Representatives, 45th Legislature, Regular Session (1937) is available through the Texas Legislative Reference Library website.

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Detailed Description of the Records

 

House of Representatives Special Committee to Investigate Pollution of Public Waters report, 1937,
fractional

Box
2-10/846 Report, October 25, 1937

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