Our Research and Publications

Our Most Recent Work

June 4, 2024
Climate Resilient Galveston provides local leaders and stakeholders a comprehensive assessment of climate risks facing the island. We then lay out strategies for effectively employing nature-based solutions that can mitigate and prevent harms and losses resulting from these disasters.
August 1, 2023
Dive into our 2023-2027 Strategic Plan to learn more about how we work, what we’re prioritizing, and what we plan to accomplish in the next five years.
February 28, 2023
We are pleased to share with you our 2022 Impact Report, Seeking Solutions for the People & Places of Texas. From a series of high profile studies to welcoming The Nature Conservancy in Texas, 2022 was a year of major impact and growth at Texas Living Waters. We invite you to dive into Solutions to see where we’ve been this year and where we plan to go. You can re-watch our team’s testimony at the Capitol, listen to radio interviews with our experts, and download key reports — there’s a wealth of interactivity and extra content built into this year’s report. As always, none of our work would be possible without your support, and we remain deeply grateful as you join us in the journey to build a more resilient, more equitable future for all of Texas.
March 3, 2023
Water markets can be an important tool for ensuring efficient use of available water, including ensuring adequate water for the environment. To gauge how water markets are developing in Texas and how they might best be used for public benefit, TLW partners from The Nature Conservancy and Oxford University conducted the first statewide analysis of historic water market trends. This brief document presents some of the studies key findings. You can read the full report at nature.org/texaswatermarkets.
January 11, 2023
The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) brings a historic influx of funding for water infrastructure in Texas. Texas is expected to receive $2.9 billion over five years to improve water infrastructure across the state. This guide provides a quick primer for Texas communities on how federal funds can be used to address urgent water infrastructure needs over the next five years.
December 15, 2022
The 88th Legislative Session of Texas comes at a decisive moment for the state’s water future. Our water infrastructure is aging and ill-equipped to deal with the rapid rise in population. Development over aquifers and wetlands threatens our water supply and natural flood protection. Climate change continues to intensify drought, floods, and heat. We call on the Legislature to seize the momentum and become water champions for Texas by: 1) investing in our water infrastructure, 2) addressing water loss, 3) strengthening the role of state agencies in protecting our water resources, 4) enhancing Texas’ resilience to drought and flooding, and 5) preserving Texas’ natural heritage by prioritizing protection of waterways. Download our 2023 Legislative Agenda to see how lawmakers can make this a transformative session for Texas water!
September 1, 2022
Texas water systems lose at least 572,000 acre-feet per year —about 51 gallons of water per service connection every day. That’s enough water to meet the total annual municipal needs of the cities of Austin, Fort Worth, El Paso, Laredo, and Lubbock combined. It’s a lot of water. Our first of its kind in-depth analysis quantifies just how much water each region of Texas is losing, explores how much could be cost-effectively saved, and outlines how the state can set itself onto a path of more efficient, effective water infrastructure. The bottom-line: addressing water loss is one of the most effective ways Texas can ensure it has enough water for its growing population.
April 20, 2022
Based on a wide-ranging set of interviews and case-studies, this nationwide study finds strategic integration of onsite water reuse can bring financial and quality-of-life benefits to affordable housing residents. Onsite collection, treatment, and non-potable use of local water sources such as air conditioning condensate, rainwater, and graywater can pass on long-term savings to both residents and owners of multi-family affordable housing developments. In addition, onsite reuse in affordable housing helps spread climate-resilient technologies to urban populations often passed-over in commercial water reuse and green infrastructure initiatives. The report details the benefits of onsite reuse; identifies existing barriers; describes available funding sources; outlines specific recommendations for cities, utilities, and developers; and provides a wealth of case studies of existing affordable housing projects that have successfully integrated onsite water reuse.