One Water Report


The future of our landscape across Texas is in jeopardy as population growth and climate change stretch our precious water resources thin and complicates water management during our famous weather extremes. The current water management paradigm in Texas does not adequately promote sustainable water management or place a priority on sustaining the needs of our environment.

These challenges are not unique to Texas. Across the U.S. and throughout the world, community leaders, water planners, and policymakers are wrestling with how to best manage water as to maximize economic and social welfare in an equitable manner without compromising the sustainability of vital ecosystems. Leaders in sustainable solutions are rethinking our traditional urban water management practices, working to advance a more resilient strategy called integrated water management or “One Water.”

The concept of a coordinated development and management of water, land, and related resources is not new, however, policy and practice in Texas and across our nation are severely out of sync with this approach. Clear leadership is needed to drive a paradigm shift.

The Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation commissioned this report to learn how advocates can advance a viable shift in Texas. Advancing One Water in Texas attempts to characterize and demystify One Water, identify drivers and challenges to its path forward, and provide clear recommendations for advancing One Water in our state. 



As World Eyes Cape Town Water Crisis, Texas Study Explores New Options

Joseph P. Williams | U.S. News & World Report | February 16, 2018



OP/ED: Texas Needs a New Approach to Water Management Before It's Too Late

Sarah Richards | The Dallas Morning News | February 15, 2018





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