Texas Water Journal publishes first paper in 2016 issue

The Texas Water Journal has published “Conjunctive groundwater management as a response to socio-ecological disturbances: a comparison of 4 western U.S. states,” its first paper in Volume 7, Number 1. Authors Zachary P. Sugg and Sonya Ziaja of the University of Arizona School of Geography and Development, and Edella C. Schlager of the University of Arizona School of Government and Public Policy, compare and assess the use of conjunctive management practices in Arizona, California, Nebraska, and Texas with a particular focus on groundwater. Special attention is paid to factors of geography and infrastructure, degree of administrative (de)centralization, and monitoring and modeling in relation to conjunctive management.

“Although it has groundwater management challenges similar to those in the other 3 states, Texas has overall been slower to adopt conjunctive management strategies,” the authors write.

The paper will be spotlighted in the Texas Tribune’s TRIB+Water along with an interview with author Sugg.

The Texas Water Journal is an online, peer-reviewed journal devoted to the timely consideration of Texas water resources management, research and policy issues from a multidisciplinary perspective that integrates science, engineering, law, planning and other disciplines.

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

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