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New Report on Texas Water Regulation

The Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M has just released an extensive new report on groundwater regulation in Texas. The report examines the regulatory structure of Groundwater Conservation Districts (GCD) in Texas, as well as the Rule of Capture, which governs landowners' rights to groundwater. The authors' findings lead them to conclude that there is a relative abundance of groundwater in all but two of the state's major aquifers, and that Texas has a regulation-induced shortage of groundwater.
Copies of the report are available in the library. Please call us at (512) 463-1252.
 
In related news, the 2017 State Water Plan was adopted in May. You can access it here