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The Texas Water Development Board is in the final phases of drawing up a new statewide plan for developing and protecting state’s water resources. However, environmentalists don’t think the plans proposed so far do enough to encourage water conservation. The Texas population is expected to double in the next four decades and put unprecedented demands […]

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The Texas Water Development Board is in the final phases of drawing up a new statewide plan for developing and protecting state’s water resources. However, environmentalists don’t think the plans proposed so far do enough to encourage water conservation.

The Texas population is expected to double in the next four decades and put unprecedented demands on the state’s water resources. That’s why the Water Development Board is now in the process of drawing up a comprehensive plan to meet that demand. Spokeswoman Carla Daws says sixteen regional water planning groups have drawn up plans for their regions based on their regional needs, based on projections of worst case situations.

Daws says the groups were told to come up with plans that will conserve water, meet future needs and respond to droughts. While conservation is one of the goals, environmentalists, like Ken Kramer of the Sierra Club, say the plans don’t put nearly enough emphasis on conservation.

Kramer says that’s because the regional groups have produced plans for meeting water demands under drought conditions. The Sierra Club is proposing alternative plans that call for more focus on conservation.

Water Board spokeswoman Carla Daws says the regional groups are now accepting public comment on their plans, but final action is still several years away.

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