On April 26, 2013, Dr. Arnold Vedlitz presented results from the Institute’s water policy survey of Texans conducted in February and March of this year to Texas state leaders. Those in attendance included representatives of the Texas Water Development Board, Texas General Land Office, Texas Department of Agriculture, Legislative staff, office of the Governor, and the H2O4 Texas coalition group. ISTPP’s survey results reveal that Texans are very concerned about water issues, especially drought, and Texans are willing to support policies and adopt behaviors to ensure an adequate water supply for current and future needs.
ISTPP’s Texas Water Survey has also garnered media attention as the Texas State Legislature voted May 23, 2013 to allocate $2 billion from the Rainy Day Fund for water infrastructure and conservation projects. Before these monies can be spent, Texas voters must approve a state constitutional amendment to create the necessary funding mechanism . You may read the press articles by clicking on the links below.
- Texas Climate News: https://texasclimatenews.org/wp/?p=7790
- Texas Tribune: https://www.texastribune.org/2013/05/29/agenda-texas-can-water-pass/