Water Policy in Texas: Responding to the Rise of Scarcity
Ronald C. Griffin
Routledge, 2011 - Nature - 250 pages
As a water-scarce state with deep cultural attachments to private property rights, Texas has taken a unique evolutionary path with regard to water management. This new resource surveys past and current challenges for managing both groundwater and surface water, telling a comprehensive story about water policy in Texas, and identifying opportunities for improving future governance.
Texas in the U.S. state that has experimented most thoroughly with water markets. In Water Policy in Texas, experts from broad disciplinary perspectives describe and analyze Texas water laws and management agencies, and the practices of water marketing and rate making in Texas. They explore the unique cases of the Edwards and Ogallala aquifers, the science and policy of environmental water stewardship, the extensive history of formalized water sharing with neighboring states and Mexico, and the opportunities for harnessing new technologies that might aid in addressing scarcity.
This multidimensional, interdisciplinary book will be a valuable resource for students and researchers of Texas water policy, as well as for water managers worldwide, particulary those working within contexts of water scarcity.
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CHAPTER 1 Experiments in Water Policy
CHAPTER 2 Texas Water Resources
CHAPTER 3 Texas Water Law and Organizations
CHAPTER 4 Texas Water Marketing and Pricing
Hydrology Ecology History and Law
CHAPTER 6 The Importance of Freshwater Inflows to Texas Estuaries
Updating Texas Water Law
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