83rd Texas State Legislature: Summaries of Water-related Legislative Action
Vol. 4 No. 2 (2013). Cover photo: As Texas continues to face water challenges and drought, many communities are seeking to conserve water in various sectors, including lawn and landscape water use. ©Jose Manuel Gelpi Diaz, Crestock.


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Editor’s Note: September 1 of every odd-numbered year is the date that new legislation from the Texas Legislature session that ended the previous spring typically goes into effect. With this in mind, the Texas Water Journal invited 4 organizations that work closely with the Texas Legislature to provide their take on the changes to Texas water policy and law that were made during the 2013 session. The opinions expressed in these summaries are the opinions of the individual organizations and not the opinion of the Texas Water Journal or the Texas Water Resources Institute.


  • Texas Water Conservation Association
  • Water Environment Association of Texas
  • Sierra Club, Lone Star Chapter
  • Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts