This is why we filed House Bill 3298. This bill instructs the Texas Water Development Board to study the viability of developing markets for water in Texas, including the potential construction of a water grid within and across regions of the state. The study will result in the creation of a master plan for the most efficient conveyance of water throughout the state.
Unfortunately, critics of this bill have argued that we should instead study conservation strategies to tackle our water shortage. We know that conservation works. Conservation is one of the key strategies addressed in the State Water Plan to help Texas meet its water needs, but unfortunately, conservation alone is not enough.
While the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club disagrees with the concept of moving water, several sophisticated environmental organizations actually support water markets in the Western states, including the Environmental Defense Fund, Natural Resources Defense Council and The Nature Conservancy.
To secure Texas’ water future, we need a blueprint for a hydrovascular network that aptly enables the sharing of water supplies between communities. That is what HB 3298 aims to accomplish.