The Texas Water Journal has published a new article in volume 13, titled Beyond Senate Bill 3: How to Achieve Environmental Flows in Texas Under Prior Appropriation, by Carlos Rubinstein, Curtis Seaton and Robert Mace.
Senate Bill 3 was passed in 2007, creating a process through which scientists, stakeholders, and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality set environmental flow standards. Over 12 years have passed since Senate Bill 3 became law, allowing the efficacy of the enabling legislation and the resulting rules to be considered.
In this paper, the authors identify seven options for the stakeholders and the state to consider to increase the protection of environmental flows while respecting private property rights. To learn more, read the full article.
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