We need your help to reform the way Texas manages and allocates our limited water resources to protect our springs, rivers and bays for future generations. Below are some things that you can do today.
Know where your water comes from and learn about your local streams and rivers. A 2011 poll conducted by The Nature Conservancy revealed that the majority of Americans do not know the source of their drinking water. Do you know yours? Knowing where your water comes from and how it makes its way from its natural source to your faucet is a meaningful first step towards understanding the connections between our water use and how it may affect the river or aquifer from which it comes.
Use water wisely in your daily life and learn more about what cities can do to encourage water conservation on a larger scale. By making the best possible use of our limited water resources, we can help ensure water is available to meet all needs, including the water needed to keep fish, wildlife, rivers and estuaries healthy.
Donate a water right and dedicate it to environmental flow protection. Are you a water right owner who is concerned about environmental flow protection? You can donate all or a portion of your water right to a water trust and add environmental flow protection as a use. Please email us for additional information.
In Your Community
Contact the members of your Regional Water Planning Group and advocate for the regional water plan to include the needs of all users, including water for our rivers and bays. Without considering the needs of healthy rivers and bays, the plan is incomplete and threatens our natural heritage.
At the State Level
Get involved in or stay abreast of the Environmental Flows Allocation Process, the state process for determining the flow needs for rivers and the freshwater inflows needs for our estuaries, and ways for providing those flow regimes.
Contact your State legislators and ask them to continue to allocate funds for Work Plan studies to better inform the environmental flow standards revision process that is to occur during the adaptive management phase for each bay/basin area.
Contact the Governor and TCEQ Commissioner Toby Baker to request that funding coming to Texas for coastal restoration from the RESTORE Act should be used for ecological restoration projects. Stress that the use of funds to purchase water rights from willing sellers to provide critical freshwater inflows to our bays should be the highest priority.
THANK YOU for your help! We wouldn’t be successful without you.