Austin, Texas. Texas State Representative Doug Miller (New Braunfels) was honored by the Texas Water Recycling Association for his leadership and stewardship to secure and provide water resources for Texas. In recognition of his longstanding efforts, Representative Miller was given the Texas Water Recycling Association's Water Visionary Award.
"Water is the most critical natural resource in our state," said Representative Miller. "While we are blessed with many rivers and aquifers, we are prone to drought and dry times. Just as I have been honored to have the opportunity to serve all Texans by working to secure the water resources necessary for their survival, I am grateful for this recognition from the Water Recycling Association."
During the 2013 legislative session, Representative Miller helped author House Bill 4, a landmark measure for the future of Texas' water security. House Bill 4, in conjunction with Proposition 6 approved by Texas voters in November 2013, established a $2 billion fund dedicated towards building water supply projects within the state's water plan. Once developed, these projects will provide the water supplies needed for a growing Texas.
Before coming to the Texas Legislature in 2009, Representative Miller served on several key water commissions. In particular, he served as Chairman of the Edwards Aquifer Authority, and as a voting member of the South Central Texas Regional Water Planning Group, which includes the New Braunfels and San Antonio metropolitan areas. Representative Miller also served as Mayor of the City of New Braunfels, which rests along the banks of the historic Guadalupe and Comal rivers.
"Looking forward, Texas will have to consider newer and smarter ways to provide water for our growing communities and economic engine," said Representative Miller. "This Texas drought has inspired innovation in how we manage our water resources. These solutions include conservation, desalination, and water reuse and recycling."
The Texas Water Reuse Association (TWRA) serves as a growing voice for water recycling in Texas. The Association works with state leaders to encourage and promote the recycling and reuse of water resources for beneficial purposes. TWRA's members include leading companies in the state's water and energy sectors.
The TWRA's Water Visionary Award is provided to state leaders for their leadership, stewardship, and tireless efforts to ensure Texas has enough water to meet its human and economic needs.
State Representative Doug Miller represents House District 73, which includes Comal, Gillespie, and Kendall Counties. He is Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Special Purpose Districts, and a member of the House Natural Resources and Calendars committees. Representative Miller also serves as Co-Chair the Edwards Aquifer Legislative Oversight Committee. He served previously on the House Appropriations Committee and holds the rank of Major in the Texas State Guard.