Conservation Matters December 2013

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

New papers in the Texas Water Journal

The Texas Water Journal recently published an article in its Volume 4, Number 2 issue and a commentary in its Volume 4, Number 1: Special Issue: Groundwater.

Freshwater inflow requirements for the Nueces Delta, Texas: Spartina alterniflora as an indicator of ecosystem condition by Dr. Joseph Stachelek and Dr. Kenneth H. Dunton examines fluctuations in the abundance of selected salt marsh plants and uses this information to develop estimates of freshwater inflow needs.

The legacy of Charlie Flagg: narratives of drought and overcoming the monster in West Texas water policy debates by Dr. Ken Baake presents Texas water law history, the Ogallala Aquifer and its users as a continuing story in which producers and government policymakers are actors. The author uses Kelton’s drought novel and scholarly insights into how narrative works as a means of interpreting and contextualizing comments made at several West Texas agricultural water policy hearings.

The Texas Water Journal is an online, peer-reviewed journal devoted to the timely consideration of Texas water resources management and policy issues from a multidisciplinary perspective that integrates science, engineering, law, planning and other disciplines. Authors interested in submitting papers to the journal should go to and check the box marked “Author.” Those interested in serving as reviewers for submitted papers can also register. To be notified each time a paper or issue is published, interested individuals can register as a “Reader.” To read the journal without registering, visit its website.

The journal is published jointly by the Texas Water Journal, a nonprofit organization, and the Texas Water Resources Institute.

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