Now that the Texas Legislature has gaveled out of regular session, congratulations are in order. Representatives on both sides of the aisle tackled one of the biggest challenges facing Texans today: water. The past several years have shown us that drought can devastate our economy, our quality of life and our natural resources. Unlike the approach lawmakers took after the 1950s drought, which focused almost exclusively on building new infrastructure to meet water needs, this Legislature took a modern approach and recognized the importance of water conservation to our state’s future, including protecting our beautiful rivers, lakes and aquifers.
The Nature Conservancy saw a fundamental shift in the Legislature’s emphasis on the critical role that water conservation can play in solving our water challenges and enabling our state to prosper. Managing water resources is like managing a bank account: You should not withdraw more than you deposit, and you should always leave some in reserve.
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