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Sen. Fraser and Central Texas leaders discuss the future of Texas' water

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State Senator Troy Fraser sat down with Central Texas leaders to discuss the future of Texas' water Monday.

Lawmakers are looking to prevent a water crisis in the lone star state.

According to the senator and Chairman of the Senate Natural Resources Committee; 66% of Texas is either in severe or exceptional drought, and local lakes are down nine feet from normal.

Today's meeting was intended to keep an open dialogue between local officials and the state.

State Senator Troy Fraser authored legislation that will move $2 billion from the state's Rainy Day fund into a separate fund available for loans to communities throughout Texas for water infrastructure construction and improvements.

Local elected officials voiced concerns over state regulating their waters.

But the senator says Central Texas will not only be protected but will also receive a percentage of the seed money.

"I was pleased to hear that Senator Fraser was not going to let anything happen that would keep us from being able to use that 'reuse' water," said Killeen Mayor Dan Corbin.

City mayors, river authorities and other water leaders each addressed their particular issues for water use, re-use and conservation.

But the money will only be set aside if Texas voters approve Proposition 6.

"This may be one of the most important constitutional amendments anyone will vote on in their life time," said State Senator Troy Fraser, "because this is going to set up a supply of water for the people of Texas for the next 50 years."

By law, 10% of this money would have to be spent in rural Texas and 20% used exclusively for conservation or reuse projects.

The date to vote on Proposition 6 is November 5.

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