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dc.creatorFoster, Jessica
dc.date.accessioned2018-05-18T14:30:48Z
dc.date.available2018-05-18T14:30:48Z
dc.date.issued2018-04
dc.identifier.citationFoster, Jessica. 2018. Survey of Legal Mechanisms Relating to Groundwater Along the Texas-Mexico Border. Texas A&M University School of Law Program in Natural Resources Systems, Fort Worth, TX.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1969.1/166415
dc.description.abstractThis report details the complexity of the governance structure that oversees the up to 15 transboundary aquifers along the Texas-Mexico border. There is a complex network of local, state, federal, and international entities and the treaties, laws, and regulations that govern the transboundary aquifers. The report delineates overlaps and gaps in the governance structures and the ways these create opportunities for both cooperation and conflict between and among groundwater regulators from both Texas and Mexico. Finding ways to encourage and leverage multi-level government cooperation between Texas and Mexico is becoming increasingly critical for protecting aquifer sustainability while efficiently allocating use of the waters to the growing populations along the border. A basic and profound difference in water governance in Texas and Mexico is the ownership status of the water resource. Mexican law declares all ground and surface water within its jurisdiction as public property. Texas’ laws, however, establish groundwater as private property, and the State owns the surface water. The executive branch of Mexico has immense authority in regulating how water is extracted and allocated from transboundary aquifers, but private citizens in Texas have the ability to extract groundwater on their property with little regulation. The disparity in regulatory practices between Texas and Mexico leads to many of the extraction practices involving these transboundary aquifers being difficult to catalogue.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipTexas A&M University School of Law; Institute for Science, Technology and Public Policy; Texas Water Resources Instituteen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherTexas A&M University School of Law Program in Natural Resources Systemsen_US
dc.subjecttransboundary groundwater, water policy; Texas-Mexico border; water governance; international conflict; international cooperationen_US
dc.titleSurvey of Legal Mechanisms Relating to Groundwater Along the Texas-Mexico Borderen_US
dc.typeTechnical Reporten_US
local.departmentPublic Service and Administrationen_US
local.departmentOtheren_US


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