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Groundwater Laws And Regulations: Survey Of Sixteen U.S. States, Abigail Adams, Jack Beasley, Rebekah Bratcher, Justin Clas, Jackson Field, Ian Gaunt, Ashley Graves, Merrick Hayashi, Jenna Lusk, Matthew Maslanka, Erin Milliken, Connor Pabich, Margaret Reed, A. Wesley Remschel, Lauren Thomas, Ashley Wilde Apr 2022

Groundwater Laws And Regulations: Survey Of Sixteen U.S. States, Abigail Adams, Jack Beasley, Rebekah Bratcher, Justin Clas, Jackson Field, Ian Gaunt, Ashley Graves, Merrick Hayashi, Jenna Lusk, Matthew Maslanka, Erin Milliken, Connor Pabich, Margaret Reed, A. Wesley Remschel, Lauren Thomas, Ashley Wilde

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This report is the second volume in a continuing project designed to explore and articulate the groundwater laws and regulations of all fifty U.S. states. This particular report presents surveys for sixteen states throughout the country. The first volume featured thirteen state surveys and can be found at: http://www.law.tamu.edu/usgroundwaterlaws.

The purpose of the project is to compile and present the groundwater laws and regulations of every state in the United States that could then be used in a series of comparisons of groundwater governance principles, strategies, issues, and challenges. Professor Gabriel Eckstein at Texas A&M University School of Law and …


Part 2: Water Recycling Technical Report For Direct Non-Potable Use, Seth J. Boettcher, Courtney Gately, Alexandra L. Lizano, Alexis Long, Alexis Yelvington May 2020

Part 2: Water Recycling Technical Report For Direct Non-Potable Use, Seth J. Boettcher, Courtney Gately, Alexandra L. Lizano, Alexis Long, Alexis Yelvington

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This Water Recycling Technical Report examines the legal frameworks that affect water recycling in Texas. The goal of this report is to provide insight into the legal and regulatory barriers, challenges, and opportunities for these technologies to go online. Each water recycling implementation site has to find ways of complying with various laws and regulations. The information in this Report comes from the study of water recycling facilities currently operating in Texas, as well as extensive research into available literature and documents from various agencies. While there is no updated “one-stop-shop” resource that provides detailed information on all the necessary …


Part 1: Brackish Groundwater Desalination Technical Report, Seth J. Boettcher, Courtney Gately, Alexandra L. Lizano, Alexis Long, Alexis Yelvington May 2020

Part 1: Brackish Groundwater Desalination Technical Report, Seth J. Boettcher, Courtney Gately, Alexandra L. Lizano, Alexis Long, Alexis Yelvington

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This Brackish Groundwater Desalination Technical Report examines the legal frameworks that affect desalination in Texas. The goal of this report is to provide insight into the legal and regulatory barriers, challenges, and opportunities for these technologies to go online. Each desalination implementation site has to find ways of complying with various laws and regulations. The information in this Report comes from the study of brackish groundwater desalination facilities currently operating in Texas, as well as extensive research into available literature and documents from various agencies. While there is no updated “one-stop-shop” resource that provides detailed information on all the necessary …


Part 3: Case Study Appendices To The Technical Reports, Seth J. Boettcher, Courtney Gately, Alexandra L. Lizano, Alexis Long, Alexis Yelvington May 2020

Part 3: Case Study Appendices To The Technical Reports, Seth J. Boettcher, Courtney Gately, Alexandra L. Lizano, Alexis Long, Alexis Yelvington

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This Case Study Appendix to the Technical Reports expands on regulations in San Antonio and El Paso where these water alternatives are in place. The goal of this report is to provide insight into the legal and regulatory barriers, challenges, and opportunities for these technologies to go online. Each desalination and water recycling faciality implementation site must comply with various laws and regulations. The information in these Case Studies comes from the study of brackish groundwater desalination and water recycling facilities currently operating in Texas. While there is no updated “one-stop-shop” resource where a municipal leader can find a list …


The Safe And Efficient Development Of Offshore Transboundary Hydrocarbons: Best Practices From The North Sea And Their Application To The Gulf Of Mexico, Elise Aldendifer, Mckenzie Coe, Taylor Faught, Ian Klein, Peter Kuylen, Keeli Lane, Robert Loughran, Kristin Newby, Morgan Parker, Megan Pharis, John Thomas, Braxton Wood Sep 2019

The Safe And Efficient Development Of Offshore Transboundary Hydrocarbons: Best Practices From The North Sea And Their Application To The Gulf Of Mexico, Elise Aldendifer, Mckenzie Coe, Taylor Faught, Ian Klein, Peter Kuylen, Keeli Lane, Robert Loughran, Kristin Newby, Morgan Parker, Megan Pharis, John Thomas, Braxton Wood

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Offshore hydrocarbon resources have been developed for many decades, and with technology improvements, many fields which were once impossible to develop, are now economically and technologically feasible. This has led to a growing difficulty in determining the legislative and regulatory framework for resources that straddle the recognized borders between two states. In this paper, we examine a successful framework agreement governing the transboundary resources between the United Kingdom (“U.K.”) and Norway in the North Sea, and the agreement between the United States and Mexico governing the Gulf of Mexico. Following the 2013 Energy Reform, the Mexican energy sector has been …


Legal Mechanisms For Mitigating Flood Impacts In Texas Coastal Communities, Philip Bedford, Alexis Long, Thomas Long, Erin Milliken, Lauren Thomas, Alexis Yelvington May 2019

Legal Mechanisms For Mitigating Flood Impacts In Texas Coastal Communities, Philip Bedford, Alexis Long, Thomas Long, Erin Milliken, Lauren Thomas, Alexis Yelvington

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Flooding is a major source of concern for Texas’ coastal communities. It affects the quality of infrastructure, the lives of citizens, and the ecological systems upon which coastal communities in Texas rely. To plan for and mitigate the impacts of flooding, Texas coastal communities may implement land use tools such as zoning, drainage utility systems, eminent domain, exactions, and easements. Additionally, these communities can benefit from understanding how flooding affects water quality and the tools available to restore water bodies to healthy water quality levels. Finally, implementing additional programs for education and ecotourism will help citizens develop knowledge of the …


Flooding Events Post Hurricane Harvey: Potential Liability For Dam And Reservoir Operators And Recommendations Moving Forward, David Ayala, Ashley Graves, Colton Lauer, Henrik Strand, Chad Taylor, Kyle Weldon, Ryan Wood Sep 2018

Flooding Events Post Hurricane Harvey: Potential Liability For Dam And Reservoir Operators And Recommendations Moving Forward, David Ayala, Ashley Graves, Colton Lauer, Henrik Strand, Chad Taylor, Kyle Weldon, Ryan Wood

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When Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast as a category 4 hurricane on August 25, 2017, it resulted in $125 billion in damage, rivaling only Hurricane Katrina in the amount of damage caused. It also resulted in the deaths of 88 people and destroyed or damaged 135,000 homes. Much of that devastation was the result of flooding. The storm dumped over 27 trillion gallons of rain over Texas in a matter of days. Some parts of Houston received over 50 inches of rainfall.

The potential liability that dam and reservoir operators may face for decisions they make during storm and …


Survey Of Legal Mechanisms Relating To Groundwater Along The Texas-Mexico Border, Jessica Foster Apr 2018

Survey Of Legal Mechanisms Relating To Groundwater Along The Texas-Mexico Border, Jessica Foster

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The purpose of this study is to present a factual picture of the multiple groundwater governance frameworks that cover the same transboundary aquifers on the Texas-Mexico border. The study can then serve as a foundation to support future research and as a reference for those sharing groundwater resources on the border to use in considering whether and how to coordinate management. Currently, Texas A&M School of Law, the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, and the Texas Water Resources Institute are collaboratively pursuing a larger interdisciplinary project, and the study presented in this report is …


Groundwater Laws And Regulations: A Preliminary Survey Of Thirteen U.S. States (First Edition), Rachel Louise Cain, Marcus Goll, Tyler Hood, Colton Lauer, Matthew Mcdonough, Brett Miller, Shea Pearson, Scott Rodriguez, Travis Riley Aug 2017

Groundwater Laws And Regulations: A Preliminary Survey Of Thirteen U.S. States (First Edition), Rachel Louise Cain, Marcus Goll, Tyler Hood, Colton Lauer, Matthew Mcdonough, Brett Miller, Shea Pearson, Scott Rodriguez, Travis Riley

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This report presents preliminary results of a study investigating the groundwater laws and regulations of thirteen U.S. states. The purpose of the project is eventually to compile and present the groundwater laws and regulations of every state in the United States that could then be used in a series of comparisons of groundwater governance principles, strategies, issues, and challenges. Professor Gabriel Eckstein at Texas A&M University School of Law and Professor Amy Hardberger at Saint Mary’s University Law School developed a matrix to ascertain chief components and characteristics of the groundwater legal regime of each state. Student researchers then used …