Natural ResourcesPillar 05 ↗
Texas manages natural resources to promote quality of life, economic advantage, and environmental stewardship.
Environmental Protection Agency, Texas Nonattainment/Maintenance Status for Each County by Year for All Criteria. Pollutants, 2020. Based on county attainment status in 2018. Population of Texas counties from United States Census Bureau estimates for 2018. https://www3.epa.gov/airquality/greenbook/anayo_tx.html.
Environmental Protection Agency, Particle Pollution and Your Patients Health, Particle Pollution Exposure. https://www.epa.gov/pmcourse/particle-pollution-exposure.
Environmental Protection Agency, Enforcement and Compliance History Online. Analyze Trends: Drinking Water Dashboard, Serious Violators in 2019. https://echo.epa.gov/trends/comparative-maps-dashboards/drinking-water-dashboard?state=Texas&view=activity&criteria=basic&yearvi ew=FY.
Environmental Protection Agency, Report on the Environment: Drinking Water. https://www.epa.gov/report-environment/drinking-water.
Texas Water Development Board, 2017 State Water Plan, Figure ES.4 - Projected annual water needs in Texas (millions of acre-feet). http://www.twdb.texas.gov/waterplanning/swp/2017/doc/SWP17-Water-for-Texas.pdf.
Acre-feet is a common measure of water. One acre-foot is the amount of water it would take to flood one acre to the depth of one foot.
Texas Water Development Board, 2017 State Water Plan, p.3. http://www.twdb.texas.gov/waterplanning/swp/2017/doc/SWP17-Water-for-Texas.pdf.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, Texas statewide voter opinion survey (summary), December 2014 conducted by Hill Research Consultants. https://www.tpwf.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/2014handout.pdf.
American Farm Bureau Federation, Feeding the Economy: Agricultural Jobs by State, 2019. https://www.fb.org/market-intel/feeding-the-economy. agricultural-jobs-by-state.
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Gross Domestic Product by Industry: Private Industries: Mining: Oil and Gas Extraction for Texas, 2019. https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/TXOILGASNGSP.
• Target: All Texans live in areas that meet federal air quality standards by 2036.
• Baseline: 60% of Texans live in counties that fail to meet federal air quality standards.
• Target: Texas reduces its water shortage by 40% in 2036 (2.3 million additional acre-feet of water per year).
• Baseline: Texas’s water shortage is 5.6 million acre-feet per year.
• Target: 100% of Texas water systems are in regular compliance with drinking water standards by 2036.
• Baseline: 97% of Texas water systems meet drinking water standards.
• Target: Texas maintains current ratios of 68 acres of preserved lands per 1,000 Texans and 306 park visits per 1,000 Texans in 2036.
• Baseline: Texas has 68 acres of preserved lands per 1,000 Texans and 306 state park visits per 1,000 Texans.
• Target: Texas ranks in the Top 6 highest in agricultural output per capita among its group of 12 Peer States while maintaining water use of 0.55 acre-feet per acre cropland by 2036.
• Baseline: Texas is ranked eighth in agricultural output per capita among Peer States and has water use of 0.55 acre-feet per acre cropland.
• Target: Texas leads Peer States in traditional and renewable energy production and ranks in the Top 3 for lowest carbon intensity by 2036.
• Baseline: Texas is ranked first among Peer States for traditional energy production, third for renewable energy production, and fourth in carbon intensity among Peer States.
Responsibility for Texas’s natural resources is divided among all levels of government as well as private actors who hold water, mineral, and land rights.
Title XIV of The Public Health Service Act: Safety of Public Water Systems (Safe Drinking Water Act). https://legcounsel.house.gov/Comps/Safe%20Drinking%20Water%20Act-(Title%20Xiv%20Of%20Public%20 Health%20Service%20Act).pdf.
Environmental Protection Agency, Clean Act Overview: Roles of Government Partnerships to Reduce Air Pollution. https://www.epa.gov/clean-air-act-overview/government-partnerships-reduce-air-pollution.
Congressional Research Service, What is the Farm Bill? 2019. https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RS22131.pdf.
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Annual Report on Performance Measures Fiscal Year 2019. https://www.tceq.texas.gov/assets/public/comm_exec/pubs/sfr/055-19.pdf.
Texas Water Development Board, About the Texas Water Development Board. http://www.twdb.texas.gov/about/index.asp#twdb-history.
Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Title 16. Economic Regulation Part 1. Railroad Commission of Texas. https://www.rrc.state.tx.us/general-counsel/rules/current-rules/.
Texas Legislative Budget Board, Updated 2018-19 Base and 2020-21 Appropriations Tables, by Article, All Funds, September 2019. https://www.lbb.state.tx.us/Documents/Publications/Other/Adjusted_MOF_Tables.pdf
Texas Water Development Board, Total Funding Commitments. s of February 29, 2020; http://www.twdb.texas.gov/newsmedia/funding_commitments/index.asp.
Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute, Texas Land Trends, Conservation Easements in Texas, January 2019. https://txlandtrends.org/media/xbnbzauu/conservationeasementsintexas.pdf.
Texas Water Development Board, 2017 Texas State Water Plan, Demands by Usage Type State-wide Summary. https://2017. texasstatewaterplan.org/statewide.
Texas Demographic Center, Urban Texas, August 2017. https://demographics.texas.gov/Resources/publications/2017/2017_08_21_UrbanTexas.pdf
Office of the State Climatologist. Assessment of Historic and Future Trends of Extreme Weather in Texas, 1900-2036. https://3hr27o3s9nj8m84dw4489i31-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/ClimateReport-1900to2036-1.pdf
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Floodwater and stormwater can contaminate your water well, October 2017 press release. https://water.unl.edu/article/drinking-water-wells/floodwater-and-stormwaters-can-contaminate-your-water-well.
Quality of air
Texans have clean air.
Texans can rely on a sufficient water supply.
Quality of water
Texans have clean water.
Parks and wildlife
Texas enhances and protects its state parks, and public and private open spaces and wildlife.
Texas leads in agricultural production with responsible natural resource stewardship.
Texas leads in energy production with responsible natural resource stewardship.