(a) All water owned by the board in any facility may be released at the discretion
of the board, with or without charge, to relieve any emergency condition arising from
drought, public calamity, or any other reason causing a severe water shortage, if
the commission first determines the existence of the emergency and requests the board
to release water to alleviate the emergency condition.
(b) The executive administrator may authorize the release of water owned by the state
from any facility in which the state has an interest under this subchapter for a period
of not to exceed 72 hours from time of authorization to relieve an emergency condition
that poses an imminent threat of flooding. The commission must approve any release of water that must be made beyond the 72-hour
period provided by this subsection.
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