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Water Study: Review of the Water Resource Management Account

In accordance with the 2016-17 General Appropriations Act (GAA), Article IX, Section 18.01(c), the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality conducted a study of the Water Resource Management Account to determine the level of agency workload related to each fee payer group and the relative benefit each fee payer group receives.

Summary of the Study Adobe Acrobat PDF Document—This document provides the results of the agency’s review of the WRM Account.

Additional Supporting Information Adobe Acrobat PDF Document—This document contains the findings, a brief history of the WRM Account, a brief description of the Used Oil Account, a description of each water program, and a description of each fee.

Excerpt of the GAA - Article IX, Section 18.01(c):

Out of amounts appropriated elsewhere in this Act, the TCEQ shall also conduct a study to determine the level of agency workload related to each group of entities paying fees deposited to the Water Resource Management Account No. 153 and the relative benefit each fee payer group receives from agency water quality permitting, water quality regulation, and safe drinking water programs. Using this analysis, the agency shall develop a methodology to determine the appropriate level of rates for water-related fees that would generate revenue in proportion to agency workload and fee payer benefits. The TCEQ shall base any future fee rate modifications made to ensure sufficient revenues to the Water Resource Management Account on the findings of that study, provided such fee rate changes do not conflict with any statutory provisions relating to water-related fees or water-related programs, and provided such fee rates do not exceed any maximum levels set in statute.