Water Rights in Texas Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Allocation of water in Texas evolved historically over several centuries into an essentially unmanageable system. Water management has progressed significantly in recent years with the transition of riparian rights to a surface-water permit system. Although the law of the biggest pump still governs, pressure for ground-water regulation continues to intensify. Water rights have become a major consideration in water-resources development and management in the state. This paper describes the Texas experience in allocating water resources among many competing users. The evolution of the water-rights system is outlined, and key issues remaining to be resolved are noted. The strategies adopted and the complexities encountered in Texas are representative of other states as well. ASCE.
  • Allocation of water in Texas evolved historically over several centuries into an essentially unmanageable system. Water management has progressed significantly in recent years with the transition of riparian rights to a surface-water permit system. Although the “law of the biggest pump” still governs, pressure for ground-water regulation continues to intensify. Water rights have become a major consideration in water-resources development and management in the state. This paper describes the Texas experience in allocating water resources among many competing users. The evolution of the water-rights system is outlined, and key issues remaining to be resolved are noted. The strategies adopted and the complexities encountered in Texas are representative of other states as well. © ASCE.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management

author list (cited authors)

  • Wurbs, R. A.

citation count

  • 4

complete list of authors

  • Wurbs, Ralph A

publication date

  • November 1995