New Position on Water
New LWV Texas position on water is approved.
After an extensive, statewide study, the League of Women Voters of Texas has adopted several new positions on water. LWVSAA participated actively in the study, assisting a regional group of Leagues to organize two well-attended forums on important groundwater issues, and holding its
own consensus meeting. The state study teams were composed of a diverse group of women from throughout Texas, including rural, urban, and agricultural interests. We believe the study results represent a well balanced and inclusive consensus.
The consensus position that resulted from the study on Water as a Commodity was adopted without amendment at the LWV State Convention on April 14. Particularly noteworthy in achieving consensus on this issue is the participation of diverse interests, including rural and
urban LWV chapters representing city dwellers, well users, ranchers, and irrigation farmers. Included were recommendations that, if heeded by policy makers, will go far in insuring equitable allocation of Texas's limited water resources. Read the Adopted Water Policy at: http://www.lwvtexas.org
New Water Position
Proposed Position on Water (newly added language is underlined
D. WATER - 1971, 1974, 1978, and 2012
The League of Women Voters of Texas supports the proposition that water is a natural resource and should be managed for the benefit of the people and the protection of the environment. Further, water conservation should be mandatory, with adequate citizen education for effective water stewardship.
The League of Women Voters of Texas supports long-range state water planning that:
- takes into consideration its social, economic, environmental, and land use implications
- provides for development of adequate water supplies by ecologically and financially sound means
- emphasizes conservation and reuse of water
- is based on increased research concerning wise and efficient use of the state's land and water resources
- affords protection for the land and for fragile ecosystems
- establishes water availability criteria before issuing any leases, permits and licenses for new industry, business, housing and other developments.
The League of Women Voters of Texas supports measures for the protection, conservation, and development of the groundwater resources of the state as an integral part of the comprehensive state water plan, and groundwater management that would achieve the following objectives:
- maintain groundwater quality by preventing harmful contamination of aquifers
- assure the long-term productivity of the state's groundwater resources and availability of groundwater supplies
- minimize adverse effects of groundwater withdrawals, including land subsidence and reduction of spring flows
Water resources planning should also include the following detailed information concerning:
- the hydraulic characteristics and recharge of the state's aquifers
- quantities, locations, and trends of groundwater withdrawals
- measures that could conserve and extend existing supplies
- current and projected costs of ground water and alternative surface water supplies
- potential conjunctive use of ground water and surface water
- management options developed specifically for each area of the state where ground water is a significant resource and assurance that water transfers to urban areas do not endanger future rural economies.
- methods to strengthen groundwater conservation districts so they can continue to regulate groundwater use.
- full public consideration of groundwater management options including a strong state agency with enforcement powers to regulate all water transfers.
- recommendations of measures to be taken by the state, by political subdivisions of the state, and by the private sector to assure wise management of the state's groundwater resources.
- coordination of state plans for groundwater management with relevant policies and programs of the federal government and of other states.
Adequate funds should be appropriated for planning and for management of the state's