State Water Conservation Bill Heads To Gov. Perry’s Desk

AUSTIN (AP) –  The Texas House has sent to the governor legislation that would offer land owners tax breaks for water conservation. It’s an incentive plan little-seen nationwide that comes as many parts of the state are struggling through a punishing drought.

The bipartisan measure offers property tax incentives for those who set aside open-space land for water conversation. The more-productive those conservation efforts are, the greater the tax breaks.

The House passed the measure unanimously Saturday, after the Senate did the same last month.

According to a legislative analysis of the measure, 90 percent of Texas water flows through or under private land.

The most-recent U.S. Drought Monitor map shows nearly half of Texas in exceptional drought — and the state just finished its driest seven-month period on record.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


One Comment

  1. Yev says:

    That’s because all the Gas Co. people are using and stealing all of are water to frack into the Barnett Shale and will have to do so every three years to drill for gas.

  2. texasbubba says:

    what exactly is water conversation?? you can get a tax break for talking about it?

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