State Bar of Texas Environmental & Natural Resources Law Section
Essentials of Texas Water Resources
In 2007, the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas and representatives of Texas Bar Books began discussions about the possibility of developing a book on Texas water law. The Section agreed to provide funding and support for development of the project. The Section solicited volunteers to prepare the various chapters. In 2009, this project culminated in the publication of the Essentials of Texas Water Resources.

The purpose of this work is to provide useful information about the practice of water law in Texas not only to practitioners of water law, but to other practitioners, and not only to attorneys, but to consultants, corporate managers, and private citizens.
 

The 3rd edition of Essentials of Texas Water Resources includes:

  • 2013 Legislative and Case Law Updates
  • Updates Reflecting the 2012 State Water Plan
  • Discussion of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas

Topics include:

  • Surface Water and Groundwater Modeling
  • Interstate Compacts
  • Surface and Groundwater Transactions
  • Water Planning
  • Financing Water Projects
  • Governmental Acquisition of Water Rights by Involuntary Means
  • Flood Management
  • Reservoirs
  • Water Utilities
  • Water Districts
  • Wholesale Water Suppliers
  • Water Rights and the Endangered Species Act
  • Water Quality Regulations
  • Dredge and Fill Permits


CONTENTS

List of Plates
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments

PART A. OVERVIEW OF DUAL SYSTEM OF WATER RIGHTS: SURFACE AND GROUNDWATER

1. Scientific, Legal, and Ethical Foundations for Texas Water Law

- Gabriel Eckstein and Amy Hardberger

2. Meeting Water Supply Needs: Planning, Permitting, and Implementation

- Martin C. Rochelle, Brad B. Castleberry, and Michelle Maddox Smith

3. Historical Development of Texas Surface Water Law: Background of the Appropriation and Permitting System and Management of Surface Water Resources

- Glenn Jarvis

4. Groundwater Law and Regulation

- Russell S. Johnson

5. Conjunctive Management and Use of Surface and Groundwater Resources

- Ronald Kaiser

6. State and Federal Government Entities with Water Resource Jurisdiction

- Shana L. Horton and Constance Courtney Westfall

PART B. SURFACE WATER

7. Water Districts

- Angela Stepherson

8. River Authorities and Regional Water Districts

- Lyn Clancy and Travis J. Phillips

9. Surface Water Rights Permitting

- Douglas G. Caroom and Susan M. Maxwell

10. Special Issues in Water Rights Permitting

- Robin Smith

11. Environmental Flows

- Hope Wells and Colette Barron Bradsby

12. Determining Surface Water Availability

- Kathy Alexander Martin and Todd Chenoweth

13. Water Rights Enforcement

- Robert Martinez

14. Multi-Jurisdictional Water Rights

- Priscilla M. Hubenak and Tom Bohl

15. Surface Water Rights Transactions

- Edmond R. McCarthy, Jr., Lynn Ray Sherman, and Derek Seal

PART C. GROUNDWATER

16. Chapter 36 Groundwater Conservation Districts and Subsidence Districts

Michael Booth, Trey Nesloney, and Deborah Trejo

17. Edwards Aquifer Authority

Darcy Alan Frownfelter

18. Groundwater Transactions

Susan M. Maxwell and Denise V. Cheney

19. Forecasting Underground Rain: Groundwater Availability Modeling

Robert E. Mace and Cynthia K. Ridgeway

PART D. WATER PLANNING

20. State Water Planning

- Louis Rosenberg, Nohl P. Bryant, and Cynthia Smiley

21. Groundwater Management Area Joint Planning

- Monique Norman and William R. Hutchison

22. Drought Planning and Response

- Bill Billingsley and Ross Henderson

23. Water Conservation

- Karen Guz

24. Innovative Water Technologies

- Jorge Arroyo, Robert F. Adams, Ellen T. McDonald, Alan H. Plummer, Barney N. Austin, and Van Kelley

PART E. SELECTED ISSUES IN WATER RESOURCE LAW

25. Endangered Species Act in the Texas Law of Water Resources

- Craig Douglas; update by Rebecca Barho and Laura M. Evans

26. Integrating Water Quality Standards into Water Management Programs

- Janet McQuaid and Jennifer Benaman; update by Sara Burgin, Elaine Darby,

Carlos Romo, and Amber Weigl

27. Impacts of Water Quality Requirements and Water Supply Projects

-Janet McQuaid; update by Howard S. Slobodin

28. Dredge and Fill Permits under CWA Section 404

- Janet McQuaid and Cynthia Smiley

29. Economic Perspectives on Texas Water Resources

- William E. Avera, Robert M. Avera, and Felipe Chacón

30. Financing Water Projects

- Jeffrey A. Leuschel

31. Water for a Public Purpose: Governmental Acquisition of Water Rights by Involuntary Means

- Phil Steven Kosub

32. Flood Management

- Leonard H. Dougal and Cassandra Quinn

33. Reservoirs

- Lyn Clancy, Greg Graml, and Bill Medaille

34. Energy–Water Nexus

- Jacob Arechiga, William F. Mullican III, Stuart D. Norvell, and Bane Phillippi

PART F. DRINKING WATER SUPPLY ISSUES

35. Drinking Water Supply Issues: Water Utilities—CCNs and Rates

- Leonard H. Dougal, Kenneth L. Petersen, Jr., and Cassandra Quinn

36. Water Utilities: Protection of Public Health

- Angela K. Moorman

37. Wholesale Water Suppliers

- Stephen C. Dickman

38. Local Oversight of Water Availability for Land Development

- Steve Morton and Janessa Glenn

Selected Bibliography
Statutes and Rules Cited
Cases Cited
Subject Index
Digital Product Documentation

 
Essentials of Texas Water Resources on CD-ROM is included with purchase and contains the entire book as a fully hyperlinked and word-searchable Adobe Acrobat PDF file. Texas case citations (S.W.2d & S.W.3d) and applicable federal case citations (F.2d & F.3d) are linked to PDF files of the cases and online to the Casemaker Web Library. Texas and federal statutory citations are linked to the main code sections cited via Casemaker online. The disk also includes PDF versions of Edwards Aquifer Authority Acts and Rules and selected articles from the TexasBarCLE online library.


 
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