Concerns about water -- its availability and quality -- are rapidly gaining the attention of the public, government, and researchers. In Texas, these concerns have recently been focused on issues surrounding the Edwards Aquifer (for which there is a separate guide), but many more areas of interest are developing. Sources of information on water in Texas are wide ranging and complex. This guide will introduce you to some of the major providers of Texas water data, and help you locate publications in the University of Texas Libraries.
This will be a general guide to sources of Texas water information -- research organizations whose mission is to generate publications about water in Texas -- but remember to check the major periodical indexes for published research in journal articles detailing specific water topics that have a Texas focus.
Note about Policy and Legal information: If you need information about law or policy, it would be best to consult specialized reference works about those topics for information they may contain on water law and policy. Ask for reference assistance at the Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL) or Law Library for information on these topics.
To search for journal articles and technical reports on water in Texas, you will need to consult a wide variety of reference tools, including databases. These databases are restricted to UT faculty, staff, and students.
The primary source for current research in the earth sciences. For print forerunners of GeoRef, see:
Bibliography and Index of Geology
Bibliography and Index of Texas Geology
The second most comprehensive index that covers the earth sciences. The focus is on engineering and petroleum geology and geotechnical topics, with an increasing emphasis on water-related topics.
The Walter Geology Library also maintains a collection of theses written in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin. See library catalog for theses available in other disciplines or Worldcat for theses from other schools.
Water Commission Bulletin GB 1025 T4 A35 [report number]
Keep in mind that TCEQ's organizational names have changed many times over the years. Here is one organizational lineage that leads to TCEQ. Also see: Predecessor Agency Flowchart.
Texas Board of Water Engineers (1913) > Texas Water Commission (1962) > Texas Water Rights Commission (1965) > Texas Department of Water Resources (1977) > Texas Natrual Resources Conservation Commission (1993) > Texas Commision on Environmental Quality (2002)
Bulletin / Texas Board of Water Engineers / Water Commission (1930s through 1965)
GB 1025 T4 A35 [report number]
Most issues in this series are inventories of surface and ground water supplies in Texas counties.
Circular / Texas Water Development Board (1962- )
TC 424 T4 A3 [report number]
This is a small, miscellaneous series, often for the general public.
Report / Texas Water Development Board (1965- )
TD 224 T4 A333 [report number]
A wide-ranging series of reports with an emphasis on resource modeling and availability. See TWDB Reports Index.
Records of Wells, Driller's Logs and Water Analyses / Texas Board of Water Engineers
GB 1025 T4 A4 [county]
Results of a 1930s WPA survey of Texas water.
1913 Texas Board of Water Engineers
1953 Texas Water Pollution Advisory Council
1957 Texas Water Development Board
1961 Water Pollution Advisory Council becomes Texas Water Pollution Control Board
1962 Board of Water Engineers becomes Texas Water Commission
1965 Water Commission becomes Texas Water Rights Commission
1967 Water Pollution Control Board becomes Texas Water Quality Board
1977 Water Rights Commission, Water Quality Board and Water Development Board merge into Texas Dept. of Water Resources
1985 Dept. of Water Resources splits into Texas Water Commission and Texas Water Development Board
1993 Texas Air Control Board (authorized 1965) merges with Water Commission to form the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC)
2002 TNRCC changes its name to Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
National Technical Information Service (NTIS)
This index of all government-sponsored research is also useful to identify relevant materials. It is possible for you to order from NTIS microfiche of documents you will require for your research.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Publishes a wide variety of materials, primarily dealing with surface water and flood control. Materials available at the Perry-Castañeda Library (PCL) U.S. Documents Collection, Geology, and Engineering.