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The Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy

The Bush School of Government and Public Service

Texas A&M University
4220 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-4220

Rethinking Texas Water Policy text with a drop of water splashing in the background

Rethinking Texas Water Policy

April 5-6, 2018

The Bush School of Government & Public Service
Texas A&M University

This two-day conference on Rethinking Texas Water Policy will feature educational presentations on groundwater and surface water policy by government, industry, and academic experts.


Conference Objectives

Before assessing substantive regulatory change, one must understand all the issues relating to water policy—the legal, scientific, economic, and political complexities. Therefore, Rethinking Texas Water Policy is organized around these four complexities, with Day One focused on groundwater and Day Two focused on surface water and also on how groundwater and surface water can be better utilized conjunctively.

Given that the themes are educational, the speakers represent a balanced mix of academics and practitioners with the goal of involving key water policy legislators and their staffs.


Event Details

Conference Participants

Legislators, legislative staff, industry representatives, government representatives, faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and interested members of the general public.

Dates

Thursday, April 5 - Friday, April 6, 2018

Location

Annenberg Presidential Conference Center
1002 George Bush Drive West
College Station, Texas 77843

Registration

Registration Information
  Fee before March 9, 2018* Fee as of March 9, 2018
One Day $100 $150
Two Days $150 $200

Lunches are included both days.
*Registration fee is waived for students and post-docs upon application before March 9.

Registration Link: http://bit.ly/TXwater2BFRuRG

Conference Registration Cancellation/Refund Policy:
Cancellation before March 9: 90% refund
Cancellation before March 30: 50% refund
Cancellation after March 30: no refund

Hotel Information

Cavalry Court: Group code RTWP379, Reserve at www.cavalrycourt.com or 866-842-0100, $139/night
The George: Group code RTWP946, Reserve at www.thegeorgetexas.com or 844-599-3871, $129/night
Prices are likely to increase after the March 9, 2018 deadline.

Conference Topics

Day One: Understanding the Complexities of Groundwater

Understanding the Legal Complexities:
  • Vestiges of the Rule of Capture
  • The Day Decision & takings lawsuits
  • Correlative rights and the future impact of oil and gas law
Understanding the Science:
  • Texas’ major aquifers and their hydrogeologic characteristics
  • The physics of aquifer drawdown and the relationship between declining artesian pressure and remaining aquifer storage
  • Issues of subsidence and incursion of lower quality water
Understanding the Economics:
  • Optimal depletion of non-renewable and quasi-non-renewable resources
  • Inefficiencies of Rule of Capture and the existing GCD regulatory apparatus
  • Sharing the resource: regional and state planning
  • Infrastructure limitations
Understanding the Politics:
  • Sustainable resource use—being good stewards to future generations
  • Protecting water for local use
  • Protecting historical users’ rights

Day Two: Understanding the Complexities of Surface Water

Understanding the Legal Complexities:
  • Prior Appropriation Doctrine
  • River Authorities
  • Water Masters
  • TCEQ legal obligations & limits
Understanding the Science:
  • Ground/surface interactions
  • East vs West Texas water availability
  • Maintaining minimal stream flow for environmental reasons
  • Managing return flows, their magnitude and requirements for quality
Understanding the Economics:
  • Using water pricing as a conservation method
  • Water markets—benefits and impediments
Understanding the Politics:
  • TCEQ difficulty in changing points of diversion
  • Regional conflicts preventing water from moving east to west
  • Limited acceptance of Water Masters
  • Lengthy approval process for new dam construction

Hosts

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Sponsors

Locke Lord LLP
Attorneys & Counselors

McCarthy & McCarthy LLP
Attorneys at Law

Sprouse Shrader Smith PLLC
Attorneys at Law

Texas Association of Groundwater Owners and Producers (TAGOP)

Contact

Cindy Gause
Program Coordinator, Mosbacher Institute
Mosbacher Institute
cgause@tamu.edu
(979) 862-8832

Contact

(979) 845-1532
bushschoolmosbacher@tamu.edu

The Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy

The Bush School of Government and Public Service

Texas A&M University
4220 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-4220


Contact

(979) 845-1532
bushschoolmosbacher@tamu.edu

The Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy

The Bush School of Government and Public Service

Texas A&M University
4220 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-4220

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