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New State Water Plan Addresses Meeting the Needs of a Thirsty Texas

Texans are getting their first look at a new comprehensive plan for the use and conservation of the state’s water resources over the next 50 years with the release of the Texas Water Development Board’s Draft 2017 State Water Plan. The plan proposes 5,500 measures communities across the Lone Star State can take to meet […]

Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media

Texans are getting their first look at a new comprehensive plan for the use and conservation of the state's water resources over the next 50 years with the release of the Texas Water Development Board's Draft 2017 State Water Plan.

The plan proposes 5,500 measures communities across the Lone Star State can take to meet their water needs in coming decades, such as building new reservoirs or shifting from groundwater to surface water. The state agency is accepting public comment on the plan through April 25th.

To get a better idea of what's proposed – and how it may affect Greater Houston – Michael Hagerty asked Texas Water Development Board member Kathleen Jackson what's in the plan.

MORE:
Public Comment Period on Draft 2017 State Water Plan is Now Open (Texas Water Development Board, March 8, 2016)
Draft 2017 State Water Plan Interactive Site
Draft 2017 State Water Plan PDF

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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