Water in Texas: An Introduction

Water in Texas: An Introduction

Water in Texas: An Introduction

Water in Texas: An Introduction


No natural resource issue has greater significance for the future of Texas than water. The state's demand for water for municipal, industrial, agricultural, and recreational uses continues to grow exponentially, while the supply from rivers, lakes, aquifers, and reservoirs is limited. To help Texans manage their water resources today and plan for future needs, one of Texas's top water experts has compiled this authoritative overview of water issues in Texas.

Water in Texascovers all the major themes in water management and conservation:

  • Living with a Limited Resource
  • The Molecule that Moves Mountains
  • A Texas Water Journey
  • The Gulf Shores of Texas
  • Who's Who in Water
  • Texas Water Law: A Blend of Two Cultures
  • Does Texas Have Enough Water?
  • Planning for the Future
  • What's in Your Water?
  • How Much is Water Worth?
  • Water is Our Legacy

Illustrated with color photographs and maps,Water in Texaswill be the essential resource for landowners, citizen activists, policymakers, and city planners.


When I set foot on the grounds of Texas State University for the first time, one of the things that impressed me the most was the headwaters of the San Marcos River. It was hot, and I remember how refreshing the water looked and how beautiful it was. All kinds of people were enjoying the river and its banks. I quickly learned how significant it is in the life of the university and the community, how unique it is, and that it must not be taken for granted.

Surveys of our alumni indicate that the river is what they miss the most after graduating and leaving San Marcos. Its presence and stewardship are central to our identity, and it inspires a core value in our education, research, and service. We are the water university, and the stewardship of water resources in general is central to our academic identity.

Thus it is fitting that this new work has been created by a member of our family. Andrew Sansom, research professor of geography at Texas State and director of our River Systems In-

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