Ousted Texas Water Planners We Were 'Excluded'

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The state's top water planners say lawmakers overhauled the Texas Water Development Board, in the process firing them, without seeking their input or offering them a chance to save their jobs.

The agency's executive director, Melanie Callahan, and board chairman Billy Bradford, spoke to The Associated Press for the first time after Gov. Rick Perry signed a bill authorizing the historic restructuring. Callahan and Bradford will both lose their positions.

A historic drought in 2011 made water a hot button issue in the Texas Legislature's 140-day session.

As part of the efforts made by the Legislature to ensure a future water supply, voters will also be asked in November to approve a landmark $2 billion water fund designed to provide money for crucial projects through a revolving loan program.

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