Water for Texas (Google eBook)

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Jim Norwine, John R. Giardino, Sushma Krishnamurthy
Texas A&M University Press, 2005 - Business & Economics - 271 pages
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More than the economy, more than changing demographics, evenmore than education, water is the key to the future of Texas. It is not much of an overstatement to claim that water is the future of Texas. In the fall of 2000, a conference on "the world's most crucial natural resource" was held at Texas A&M University. It was a gathering of people with many viewpoints and areas of expertise, all focused on what the book's editors rightly say is and will be the state's definingissue—water.

Together, the observations and recommendations brought together in this volume represent some of the best thinking about Texas' connections with water—in the past, present, and future. Ranging from broad historical overviews to technical and scientific discussions, the chapters address the questions of where we have been and where we are headed as we enter a new century of challenges to provide water for Texas.
  

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Contents

Texas Water in the Past Present and Future
3
A Half Century of Water Resource Planning and Policy 19502000
5
Texas Water at the Centurys Turn Perspectives Reflections and a Comfort Bag
17
Administration and Modeling of the Water Rights System
44
Water Use Patterns and Trends The Future in Texas
52
Regional Assessment
63
Water Resources of the Panhandle and Upper Colorado Regions of Texas
65
Major Water Issues Facing SouthCentral Texas
75
Influence of Climatic Variability on Texas Reservoirs
159
Landscape Water Conservation through Xeriscape
164
Changes in Flow Regime following Dam Construction Yegua Creek SouthCentral Texas
166
Water Quality
179
Using a Geographic Information System to Identify Impacts from 4200 Closed Municipal Solid Waste Landfills
181
NonpointSource Pollution from Silviculture in Texas
185
LongTerm Trends in the Water Quality of Barton Springs Austin Texas
200
Educating the Public about Water Resources Research at Texas Universities
210

The Present and Future Status of Water in the Coastal Bend Area
89
Houston Water Issues
107
Status and Trends of NorthCentral Texas Water Resources The Integrity of the Trinity River
122
Climate and Water Quantity
135
Will We Have Enough Water? An Overview
137
Water and Climate Change in the Twentyfirst Century
144
Climate and Water Precipitation Evapotranspiration and Hydroclimatological Aspects
149
The El NinoSouthern Oscillation and Impacts on Climate Anomalies in Texas
153
Reuse as a Viable Option in Water Resource Development A Discussion of the Legal Framework Governing Reuse Projects
218
International Issues in the Rio Grande Valley
227
Water Resources of Far West Texas El PasoCiudad Juarez
229
Geographical Hydrology of the El PasoCiudad Juarez Border Region
242
Instream Salinity Modeling of MidRio Grande and Wichita Basins
249
Water in the Lower Rio Grande Border Region A Binational Perspective
257
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Page 6 - ... and other lands needing irrigation, the reclamation and drainage of its overflowed lands. and other lands needing drainage, the conservation and development of its forests, water and hydro-electric power, the navigation of its inland and coastal 617 Article XVI.-(Contlmied.) waters, and the preservation and conservation of all such natural resources of the State...
Page 7 - Because the existence, origin, movement, and course of such waters, and the causes which govern and direct their movements, are so secret, occult, and concealed that an attempt to administer any set of legal rules in respect to them would be involved in helpless uncertainty, and would be, therefore, practically impossible...
Page 6 - State, including the control, storing, preservation and distribution of its storm and flood waters, the waters of its rivers and streams, for irrigation, power and all other useful purposes, the reclamation and irrigation of its arid, semi-arid and other lands needing irrigation, the reclamation and drainage of its overflowed lands, and other lands needing drainage, the conservation and development of its forests, water and hydro-electric power, the navigation of its inland and coastal waters, and...
Page 5 - Legislature may authorize, and in such manner as it may authorize the same, for the following purposes to wit: (a) The improvement of rivers, creeks, and streams to prevent overflows, and to permit of navigation thereof, or irrigation thereof, or in aid of such purposes. (b) The construction and maintenance of pools, lakes, reservoirs, dams, canals and waterways for the purposes of irrigation, drainage or navigation, or in aid thereof.
Page 5 - ... the Legislature may authorize, and In such manner as it may authorize the same, for the following purposes, to wit: (a) The Improvement of rivers, creeks and streams to prevent overflows and to permit of navigation thereof or Irrigation thereof, or In aid of such purposes. (b) The construction and maintenance of pools, lakes, reservoirs, dams, canals and waterways for the purpose of irrigation, drainage or navigation or In aid thereof.

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About the author (2005)

JIM NORWINE is a professor of geography and Regents Professor ofPhysics and Geosciences at Texas A&M University?Kingsville.R. GIARDINO is dean of graduate studies at Texas A&M University, College Station, and a geomorphologist with a special interest in the movement of water through the earth.JOHN SUSHMA KRISHNAMURTHY is an associate professor of biology at Texas A&M InternationalUniversity in Laredo