Reorganizing Groundwater Regulation in Texas
Project AdvisorGriffin, James
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Groundwater usage in Texas appears severely dysfunctional. Neither the market for water or regulation is working properly. Currently, 80+ Groundwater Conservation Districts (GCDs) “regulate” groundwater production in their areas, with locally elected boards that act as independent Balkanized states. Selling water across district lines is very difficult, making cities like San Antonio unable to access abundant groundwater in nearby GCDs. At the same time, landowners own the rights to groundwater based on the Rule of Capture, which creates a perverse incentive to extract all you can before your neighbor does.
ClientHonorable Glenn Hegar, Texas State Comptroller of Public Accounts
DepartmentPublic Service and Administration
Brady, Ross; Beckermann, Wayne; Capps, Amber; Kennedy, Braden; McGee, Peyton; Northcut, Kayla; Parish, Mason; Qadeer, Abdullilah; Shan, Shuting (2016). Reorganizing Groundwater Regulation in Texas. Available electronically from
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