Drought tests water rights system

Monday, February 6, 2012 - 10:47am

Early this past month, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued a notice to a handful of East Texas groups in the Sabine River basin: Their rights to river water will be suspended because a Hawkins hunting and fishing club needs more water. The club’s right to water predates the others’ rights.

The notice is the latest development in what experts say is an unprecedented tug of war between surface water rights holders. Texans with more “senior,” or long-standing, water rights can tell the commission they need more access to water, trumping “junior” rights holders along the same river, who may see their water use limited.

Click here to read the full story by the Longview News-Journal


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