June 1, 2018


Reiterates Importance of Protecting Rights of Landowners and Agricultural Producers to Surface Water and Groundwater


AUSTIN - As a House panel met to discuss water scarcity in Texas, Representative Ryan Guillen (D - Rural South Texas) stressed the importance of safeguarding the rights of landowners and agricultural producers to surface and groundwater. 


"Many of us have lived through a drought or two in our lifetime and know the true threat water scarcity poses to our way of life," said Guillen. "With demand on our water resources being greater now than ever before, it's critical that we continue to seek solutions that both ensure access to potable water for all and guarantee our individual rights to the resources we need to support our families and our businesses."

Last week, the House Committee on Natural Resources convened and heard invited testimony on emerging issues in groundwater and surface water interaction, particularly in areas of increasing competition for scarce resources. Among other duties, the committee is charged with overseeing the conservation of, and emerging issues pertaining to, the usage of groundwater and surface water in the State. The committee discussed groundwater policies in their meeting last week, specifically for areas of increasing competition for scarce resources like rural south Texas. Representative Guillen hopes that they will make strides towards conservation solutions for the increasing water scarcity issues in District 31 and across all of Texas, and he looks forward to continuing the debate next session.

"Agriculture and rural affairs are essential components of the Texas economy," continued Guillen. "By planning for the future and working closely with farmers, ranchers, sportsmen, water experts, and the energy sector, we can develop sustainable practices to preserve and grow Texas's most precious resources.

Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at,, and