National Wildlife Federation Supports Proposition 6

"We should vote to pass Proposition 6 and commit to ensuring that the funds made available are used for conservation and water projects that respect and conserve our precious natural heritage."

10-30-2013 // Lacey McCormick

Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge

Statement of Myron Hess, Manager of Texas Water Programs:

"The National Wildlife Federation supports Proposition 6. There can be no question that Texans face many water needs and that significant investments are necessary. Proposition 6, which would use $2 billion from the State’s existing “Rainy Day Fund” to create a specialized revolving loan fund to help implement projects in the State Water Plan, has many positive attributes making it worthy of support.

"Among its strengths is the designation of at least 20% of the funding to be directed towards water conservation and reuse projects, with an additional 10% to be directed towards rural projects, including agricultural water conservation. It also mandates a prioritization of projects that can receive funding. Those are very positive steps and the National Wildlife Federation looks forward to working with state, regional and local leaders to ensure they are implemented effectively.

"The bottom line is that Texans must invest in meeting our water supply needs. But we can’t assume there is a simple fix. Proposition 6 is an important step, but it won’t solve all our water woes. By itself it won’t ensure that we use water efficiently. And no funding mechanism can guarantee that we make good decisions to manage water supplies to protect our springs, wetlands, rivers and coastal bays for future generations. That will take a concerted effort by all Texans. We should demand no less of ourselves and of leaders at every level of government.

"We should vote to pass Proposition 6 and commit to ensuring that the funds made available are used for conservation and water projects that respect and conserve our precious natural heritage."


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