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Water Law - Texas

Introduction

Texas is a party to several major water-related interstate compacts. Below you will find resources specific to each compact, as well as some links to information about interstate water compacts in general.

Texas Interstate Agreements and Boundary Issues

Canadian River Compact (1950)

Text of the Canadian River Compact

Texas Water Code ch. 43, Canadian River Compact

Canadian River Compact Commission

Colorado River Compact (1922)

Text of the Colorado River Compact

The Law of the River, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

Colorado River Resources, Bill Lane Center for the American West, 2012

"Where the River Runs Dry: The Colorado and America's water crisis", The New Yorker, May 25, 2015

Red River Compact (1978)

Texas Water Code ch. 46, Red River Compact

Red River Compact Commission

Red River Compact Commission 2013 Annual Report

Tarrant Regional Water District v. Herrmann, 133 S.Ct. 2120 (2013)

Rio Grande Compact (1938)

Text of the Rio Grande Compact

Texas Water Code ch. 41, Rio Grande Compact

Rio Grande Compact Commission

Reports of the Rio Grande Compact Commission, 1939-2013

Calendar Year 2014 Report to the Rio Grande Compact Commission, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, June 2015

Raymond A. Hill, "Development of the Rio Grande Compact of 1938", 14 Nat. Resources J. 163 (1974)

Dianniah M. Chahin, "Is the Once Mighty River Not So Mighty: How the Distribution of Water Rights and Water Planning Along the Texas Portion of the Rio Grande River Affects Future Texans," 6 Tex. Tech. J. Tex. Admin. L. 115 (2005)

"Texas vs. New Mexico: the Water War", U.S. Water Alliance, February 2013

"Mighty Rio Grande Now a Trickle Under Seige", New York Times, April 12, 2015

Pecos River Compact (1948)

Text of the Pecos River Compact

Texas Water Code ch. 42, Pecos River Compact

Pecos River Compact Commission

Sabine River Compact (1953)

Texas Water Code ch. 44, Sabine River Compact

Sabine River Compact Commission