Useful Links and Resources


State Water Planning: Texas Water Development Board

Regional Water Planning:  Texas Water Development Board

Meeting Schedule for all 16 Region Water Planning Groups: Texas Water Development Board


Texas Legislature 1997 Senate Bill 1 – Bill that initiated the regional water planning process


National Wildlife Federation’s Comments on water conservation in the 2007 State Water Plan in Texas: The State of Flowing Water Documentary

Publications (Non-Texas Living Waters Project)

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2015: Aquifer Storage and Recovery in Texas

2014: Reservoir Evaporation in Texas, USA

2014: Implementation of Brackish Groundwater Desalination Using Wind Generated Electricity

2014: Learning from Drought: Next Generation Water Planning for Texas – Texas Center for Policy Studies

Publications & Issue Papers (Texas Living Waters Project)

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2015: Water Conservation by the Yard: Estimating Savings From Outdoor Watering Restrictions

2013: Desalination: Is it Worth its Salt?

2013: State Planning and Funding to Meet the Critical Water Needs of Texas

2010: Save Water, Save Rivers, Save Money

2009: Energy-Water Nexus in Texas

2009: Texas Municipal Water Conservation

2008: Desalination: Is it worth its salt?

2008: A Characterization of the South Llano River, Its Springs, and Its Watershed

2008: Privatization of Water and Wastewater Services

2006: The Potential and Promise of Municipal Water Efficiency Savings in Texas

2006: Fair Warning: Global Warming and the Lone Star State

2005: Engineer/Engineering Firms and the Potential for Conflicts of Interest in the Texas Regional Water Planning Process

2005: Creating ‘New’ Water Conference: Texas Water Policy Update

2005: Alternative Water Management Strategies for the 2006 South Central Texas Regional Water Plan

2005 Update: Spotlight on Groundwater Conservation Districts in Texas

2004: Water Loss from Texas Water Suppliers

2004: Grassroots Organizing on Texas Water Issues

2003: Water in the 78th Legislative Regular Session: Texas Water Policy Update

2003: Irrigation Demand In Texas: An Analysis of Methodologies to Predict Trends

2003: Facts About Texas Water

2003: Brush Management: Myths and Facts

2003: Economic Principles for Sound Water Planning: An Introduction for Regional Water Planning Groups

2003: Facts About Your Water Supply

2002: Saving Water, Rivers, and Money: An Analysis of the Potential for Municipal Water Conservation in Texas

2002: Marvin Nichols Reservoir and Region C Water Plan Fact Sheet

2001: Texas Water Policy Update

2001: An Analysis of the Brownsville Weir and Reservoir Project

2001: Down the Drain

2001: Water Infrastructure Financing – A Responsible Approach

2001: Principles for an Environmentally Sound Regional Water Plan

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

Get Involved

Learn how you can help at home, in your community and at the state level to improve the way Texas plans for meeting future water needs.

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