The Brazos Valley Groundwater Conservation District: A Case Study in Texas Groundwater Conservation

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This thesis examines the history of groundwater management through the development of groundwater conservation districts in Texas. Political, economic, ideological, and scientific understandings of groundwater and its regulation varied across the state, as did the natural resource types and quantities, which created a diverse and complicated position for lawmakers and landowners. Groundwater was consistently interpreted as a private property right and case law protected unrestricted use for the majority of the twentieth-century even as groundwater resources crossed property and political boundaries, and water tables declined particularly during the second-half of the century. The case study of the Brazos Valley Groundwater ... continued below

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Teel, Katherine August 2011.

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This thesis examines the history of groundwater management through the development of groundwater conservation districts in Texas. Political, economic, ideological, and scientific understandings of groundwater and its regulation varied across the state, as did the natural resource types and quantities, which created a diverse and complicated position for lawmakers and landowners. Groundwater was consistently interpreted as a private property right and case law protected unrestricted use for the majority of the twentieth-century even as groundwater resources crossed property and political boundaries, and water tables declined particularly during the second-half of the century. The case study of the Brazos Valley Groundwater Conservation District describes the complicated history of groundwater in Texas as the state attempted to balance natural resource legislation and private property rights and illuminate groundwater’s importance for the future.

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Teel, Katherine. The Brazos Valley Groundwater Conservation District: A Case Study in Texas Groundwater Conservation, thesis, August 2011; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc84287/: accessed November 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .