City Summit Reexamined: The Groundwater Debate

Who holds the rights to groundwater in the State of Texas?

While this may seem like a question with a simple answer, in reality the issue of water rights across the state has become a controversial topic in recent years.

Glasshouse Policy and The Austin Monitor gathered Donovan Burton, VP of Governmental Relations and Water Resources for the San Antonio Water System, Cassie Gresham, Attorney with Braun & Gresham and John Dupnik, Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District General Manager at City Summit 2016 to discuss what they hope to see accomplished at the state and local level during the 2017 legislative session. The conversation, which was moderated by KUT’s Mose Buchele, highlighted the absence of groundwater protection in certain regions of the state and questions of who owns the state’s water.

Explore the graphic below to learn more about the policies proposed during the discussion and about the legislation we may be seeing during the 85th Texas Legislature.