Get Involved

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. Here are some things that you can do today:

At Home

Follow your community’s drought contingency planDuring times of drought, reducing or eliminating non-essential uses of water, such as car washing, helps to reduce peak demand. Peak demand is currently used to determine if new reservoirs or other water infrastructure projects need to be built.

Use water as efficiently as possible in and around your home throughout the year. Making the best use of existing water supplies reduces the need to build additional water supply projects that are likely to be both expensive and environmentally damaging.

In Your Community

Get involved in the water planning process in your region. Consider serving on your area’s Regional Water Planning Group. There is a need for active and effective participation by those who are interested in ensuring water for rivers and bays are also supplied while human demands are met. In addition, you can encourage your regional water planners to incorporate conservation more fully into their regional water plans.

Even if you are not a member of a Regional Water Planning Group, you can still make your voice heard. All meetings are open to the public. Verbal comments are welcome during the public comment portion of the meetings, and written comments may also be made to the group. Find the Regional Water Planning Group for your area here.

Advocate for improved water conservation programs for your community. Find out what conservation programs your city or water utility has in place and, where there are shortcomings, urge decision-makers to ensure your water supply and dollars are used as efficiently as possible.

At the State Level

Contact your State legislators. Urge them to: 1) establish clear metrics to determine which projects in the State Water Plan merit State financial assistance, including prioritizing funding for water conservation projects to ensure existing resources are being used at maximum efficiency before new supplies are developed, and 2) improve the water planning process by accounting for water savings resulting from drought management, and by considering all water needs, including the water needed to support healthy rivers and bays.

Read more about the Texas Living Waters Project’s policy recommendations on improving the state water planning process and funding the water plan here.

THANK YOU for your help! We wouldn’t be successful without you.

Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR)

Case Study: Proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir

The proposed massive Marvin Nichols dam is a prime example of the unnecessary reliance on new reservoirs and pipelines instead of water conservation. This dam would create one of the largest reservoirs in Texas, flooding over 72,000 acres on the Sulphur River in rural Northeast Texas

Reservoirs or Conservation?

The 2012 State Water Plan proposes building 26 reservoirs and hundreds of miles of pipelines to move water to cities. Many of these projects are unnecessary and could be avoided with responsible water conservation measures.

Steps to Improve Texas Water Planning

The State Water Plan and water planning process do not fully take advantage of water conservation and drought response and fail to adequately address the needs of fish, wildlife, and the environment.

The State Water Plan

The Texas State Water Plan projects long-term water demands for all regions of the state and proposes water supply solutions to meet those demands. It affects all Texans.

UPDATED: Regional Water Planning Process

Texas’ regional water planning process was initiated by Senate Bill 1 in 1997. This process charges sixteen regional water planning groups with the development of long-term regional water plans that are assembled into a State Water Plan.

NEW: Region H Water Planning

NEW: South Central Texas Regional Water Planning (Region L)

NEW: Lower Colorado Regional Water Planning (Region K)

NEW: Region C Water Planning

Useful Links and Resources

Useful links to additional information on state and regional water planning in Texas.