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In the last two months, elected officials in at least three states – Arizona, Texas, and California – have released water policy documents that either resemble or purport to serve the same general purpose as state water plans. What a plan is – or is not – is not always self-evident. Gloria Steinem has called... Full Story
The City of Dallas is facing a multi-million dollar lawsuit over the city’s refusal to authorize gas drilling by a company that had leased mineral rights on city property. The lawsuit—which alleges takings, fraud, and breach of contract claims—comes as the latest development in a seven-year saga over the status of urban gas drilling and... Full Story
Last year, a Texas appellate court raised doubts about the certainty and reliability of the state’s water planning process when it found that two key planning documents impermissibly conflicted with each other. This week, staff for the state agency that oversees water planning – the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) – submitted a memo to... Full Story
While the threat of water scarcity has always been present, Texas but did not begin water planning at the state level until 1957. At that time, as part of the policy response to the 1950s drought of record, voters approved a constitutional amendment creating the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), which was given a mission... Full Story
In Texas, there is tremendous variation from one region to the next in current water conservation practices and in long-term water conservation goals. For planning purposes, the state is divided into 16 regional water planning groups (RWPGs). The two RWPGS that the 2012 State Water Plan (SWP) recommends the greatest percentage of their increased future... Full Story