James W. Stoutenborough, Assistant Professor at University of Alabama Huntsville and former ISTPP Postdoctoral Research Associate, and Arnold Vedlitz, ISTPP Director, published timely information concerning Texans’ attitudes toward water management issues and support for government action to support large-scale infrastructure projects to address those issues. Based on two statewide public opinion surveys, the authors conclude that Texans are willing to support government efforts to manage water, but not if those efforts negatively affect the environment or agriculture. Their assessment of strong support for water projects by the Texas public was born out in the November 5, 2013, general election when the voting public overwhelmingly passed Proposition 6, the Water Fund Amendment. Indeed, in preparation for upcoming legislative action on water management issues, Dr. Vedlitz presented the results of the Texas Water Survey to Texas State leaders back in April.
James W. Stoutenborough and Arnold Vedlitz. 2013. “Public Attitudes toward Water Management and Drought in Texas.” Texas Water Journal, 4(2): 47-61. https://journals.tdl.org/twj/index.php/twj/article/view/6997