Texas Water Journal publishes new articles and commentary

The Texas Water Journal has published three new papers in volume 13: an article titled Determining Geothermal Resources in Three Texas Counties, by Joseph Batir and Maria Richards; a commentary titled Texas Comptroller’s Good for Texas Tour: Water Planning and Innovations, by Glenn Hegar; and an article titled Water Management in the Rio Conchos Basin: Impacts on Water Deliveries Under the 1944 Treaty, by Rodrigo Israel Gonzalez-Velazquez and Jose Luis Castro-Ruiz.

The article by Batir and Richards discusses project updates on the geothermal resources beneath our oil and gas fields, as part of the research for the Texas GEO project for the counties of Crockett, Jackson and Webb. According to the abstract, the results show deep temperatures as hotter than previously calculated, which could mean new ways to diversify the local electric grid with a baseload renewable energy option—geothermal resources—and the potential of making a significant energy contribution in the future. Read the full article by Batir and Richards.

In the commentary, the Texas Water Journal invited the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Glenn Hegar to share his thoughts on the Good for Texas series. Hegar addresses how the tour will focus on advocating for and supporting our state’s water planning initiatives, such as water infrastructure, flood mitigation, innovative water solutions, and industries with a big stake in water, such as agriculture. Read the full commentary.

Since the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848, the large surface water systems shared by Mexico and the United States have been an essential part of their historical relationship. According to the abstract, the unusual drought that struck the Rio Grande Basin between Mexico and Texas in 1993 marked a new order in the relationship and commitments to water deliveries from both countries. Read the full article by Gonzalez-Velazquez and Castro-Ruiz.

The journal — an online, peer-reviewed journal published by the nonprofit the Texas Water Journal and the Texas Water Resources Institute — publishes papers as they are completed. It is 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. It also provides updates on key state legislation and policy changes by Texas administrative agencies.

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As a communications specialist for TWRI, Sarah Richardson works with the institute's communications team leading graphic design projects including TWRI News, flyers, brochures, reports, documents and other educational materials. 

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