The Texas Water Journal invited Texas state Sen. Charles Perry, chair of the Senate Committee on Water and Rural Affairs, to share his thoughts on the role of water in the coming 87th legislative session of the Texas Legislature in a commentary titled, “Water: A Preventable Disaster.”
In the upcoming legislative session, Sen. Perry said Texas will be navigating the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the road to recovery and continuing water supply development.
“The future of our economy is built on a stable and reliable water supply,” Sen. Perry said in the commentary.
In the commentary, Sen. Perry addresses how leveraging technology, public-private partnerships, and regulations will encourage the creation of new water sources while also expanding existing strategies.
Sen. Perry was elected to the Texas Senate in 2014 after serving two terms in the Texas House of Representatives. Geographically, he represents the largest Senate district in Texas, Senate District 28.
In addition to chairing the Senate Committee on Water and Rural Affairs, Sen. Perry is vice-chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services. He also sits on the Senate Committees on Agriculture, Criminal Justice, Finance, Redistricting, and Transportation, and he co-chairs the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) Advisory Committee. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott also appointed him to the Southwestern States Water Commission and the Western States Water Council.
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