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Water Law - Texas


Castleberry, Brad B., Fundamentals of water law in Texas: protecting water rights, use and quality, National Business Institute, 2004

  • Available in the Dee J. Kelly Law Library at KFT1646 .C38 2004

Harris, Linda G., Whose water is it, anyway?: anatomy of the water battle between El Paso, Texas and New Mexico, Arroyo Press, 1990

  • Available in the Dee J. Kelly Law Library at HD 1694 .N6 H37 1990

Porter, Charles L., Sharing the common pool: water rights in the everyday lives of Texans, Texas A&M University Press, 2014

  • Available in the Dee J. Kelly Law Library at KFT1323 .W2 P67 2014

Porter, Charles L., Spanish water, Anglo water: early development in San Antonio, Texas A&M University Press, 2009

  • Available in the Dee J. Kelly Law Library at HD1695 .S35 P67 2009

Sahs, Mary K. (ed.), Essentials of Texas water resources, State Bar of Texas, 2014 (3rd ed.)

  • Available in the Dee J. Kelly Law Library at KFT1646 .A75 E87 2014

State Bar of Texas Continuing Legal Education, The changing face of water rights in Texas, State Bar of Texas

  • Available in the Dee J. Kelly Law Library at KFT1646 .A75 C53; published yearly - the library has copies of volumes 2003-present


This list is a small sample of relevant articles and should not be considered a comprehensive bibliography.

Texas Water Digital Library

Texas Water Journal: "an online, peer-reviewed journal devoted to the timely consideration of Texas water resources management 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."

Texas A&M Journal of Property Law, volume 1, no. 1 (2013), Water Law Edition. Articles include:

  • G. Tracy Mehan, III, "Coping with Water Scarcity, Risk & Uncertainty: Resilience & Hope"
  • Linda Christie, "Interstate Water Compacts: A License to Hoard?"
  • Paul Bork, "Investment Impact of Water Reliability - Recent Dow Experience"
  • Sharlene Leurig, "Investment Risks for Water Projects"
  • Mary E. Kelly, "State Water Planning: Theory v. Practice in Texas"
  • Brad B. Castleberry & Sara R. Thornton, "The Potential Impact of Federal Laws on State Water Supplies"
  • George William Sherk, "The Shape of Illusion: Water Law and Policy in the Fourth Dimension"
  • Sabita Maharaj, "'Dropping' the Migratory Bird Treaty Act: The Negative Effects of the MBTA on Property Rights and Human Health" 

C. Richard Bath, "A Commentary on Texas Water Law and Policy", 39 Nat. Resources J. 121 (1999)

Augustus L. Campbell, "Underground, Downstream, and Increasingly Regulated: Dramatic Changes in Texas Water Law and Planning", 14 Tex. Tech. Admin. L.J. 271 (2012-2013)

Augustus L. Campbell, "Texas Watermasters: A Legal History and Analysis of Surface Water Rights Enforcement", 7 Tex. Tech. Admin. L.J. 143 (2006)

Dylan O. Drummond et al., "The Rule of Capture in Texas - Still So Misunderstood After All These Years", 37 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 1 (2004-2005)

Darcy Alan Frownfelter, "The International Component of Texas Water Law", 18 St. Mary's L.J. 481 (1986-1987)

Amy Hardberger, "World's Worst Game of Telephone: Attempting to Understand the Conversation Between Texas's Legislature and Courts on Groundwater", 43 Tex. Envtl. L.J. 257 (2012-2013)

Jill Sacra Hoffman, "The Status of Surface Water Rights in Texas: A Comparison to Other Prior Appropriation States", 39 Tex. Envtl. L.J. 167 (2008-2009)

Chris Lehman, "Hung Out to Dry: Groundwater Conservation Districts and the Continuing Battle to Save Texas's Most Precious Resource", 35 Tex. Tech L. Rev. 101 (2004)

Otis W. Templer, "Hydrology and Texas Water Law: a Logician's Nightmare", 2 Great Plains Research: A Journal of Natural and Social Sciences 27 (1992)

Bruce E. Toppin III, "The Path of Least Resistance: The Effects of Groundwater Law's Failure to Evolve with Changing Times", 38 St. Mary's L.J. 503 (2006-2007)