The Nature Conservancy Releases the Texas Water Explorer
Prior to the Texas Water Explorer, it was difficult to get a centralized view of different water policies, trends and uses and their effect on the state’s water system. The Nature Conservancy’s Texas Chapter and the Global Water Team worked together with state and local agencies, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, scientists and water managers to provide a centralized clearinghouse for the state’s water resources.
The Explorer brings together the latest in Texas water information from all sides of the sustainability spectrum – water quantity, water quality, water conservation, economic productivity, ecosystem health and governance. The site includes 24 indicators that summarize the state of Texas water, and this menu will continue to grow. A custom online mapping application allows users to view these indicators as interactive maps and graphs and pull out specific information of interest.
The Explorer is all about providing information to help people make decisions. Major water policy issues are playing out in the Texas legislature and in local, regional and state water planning and regulation, and it can be hard to make choices without visibility to how decisions in one area may affect others.
“By 2050, our population is set to double to 54 million and every region in Texas is in search of water to support its fast-growing communities,” says Laura Huffman, Texas State Director for The Nature Conservancy. “It’s essential to arm decision-makers with the best information available so they can make sound choices and be good stewards. This tool provides important data that can help Texans support healthy communities, a healthy environment and a thriving economy now and in the future.“