The continuing after-effects of the drought and increasing human water use due to a growing population has put additional stress on Texas’ aquifers, rivers and bays—jeopardizing the health of fish and wildlife who depend on these waters.
Regional water planning groups have released their draft water plans that recommend how to meet water needs for the next 50 years. Unfortunately, the draft South Central Texas Regional Water Plan (Region L) fails to account for the water needs of fish and wildlife and recommends more water development projects than are necessary for meeting the projected needs.
Ignoring the water needs for fish and wildlife and over-development of water supplies will have a profound effect on the region’s ecosystems. We must assert that regional water plans be comprehensive and take ALL water needs into consideration, and that the recommendations list be pared down to be in line with what is actually necessary to meet human needs.