The Texas Water Development Board (in different forms) has issued nine state water plans in Texas’ history. The latest was issued in early 2012. It presented a nearly three-hundred-page analysis of Texas’ water resources, and what specific infrastructure projects could be done to manage water for Texas’ growing population.
“Water is fundamental to sustaining our people and our economy. Additional development of our water resources will be essential to provide for a rapidly expanding population and an accompanying expansion of industrial capacity,” reads the water report – the first water report, that is, the one issued in 1962. It doesn’t sound like much has changed.
The 2012 report took 5 years worth of research to complete; it includes the economic impact of ignoring its advice and suggestions to obtain the funding necessary to complete it. It might seem like an easy answer, but some Texas legislators aren’t comfortable with the big price tag. Others feel water solutions should be handled more locally.