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- By Charles R. Porter. Published by Texas A&M University Press. 2014.
If all the people, municipalities, agencies, businesses, power plants, and other entities that think they have a right to the water in Texas actually tried to exercise those rights, there would not be enough water to satisfy all claims, no matter how legitimate. In Sharing the Common Pool: Water Rights in the Everyday Lives of Texans, water rights expert Charles Porter explains in the simplest possible terms who has rights to the water in Texas, who determines who has those rights, and who benefits or suffers because of it. "from the publisher"
- By Betty Eakle Dobkins. Published by University of Texas Press. 2011. 1st edition.
"Dobkins’s book offers an intensive and unusually readable study of the subject. The author has traced water law from its origin in the ancient world to the mid-twentieth century, interpreting the effect of water on the counties concerned, setting forth in detail the development of water law in Spain, and explaining its subsequent adoption in Texas. Copious notes and a complete bibliography make the work especially valuable." - from the publisher
- By Megan Mullin. Published by MIT Press. 2012.
"An analysis of the political consequences of special district governance in drinking water management that offers new insights into the influence of political structures on local policymaking." - from the publisher
- By Jeffrey Miller. Published by Environmental Law Institute. 2008. 1st edition.
"This casebook explores water pollution and the federal statute chiefly designed to control it, the Clean Water Act, and examines how water pollution is addressed, first by the common law and then by statute. An introduction provides the student with an understanding of what constitutes water pollution, where it originates, and how it can be controlled." - from the publisher
- By David Getches. Published by Thomson West. 2015. 5th edition.
"The new edition adds dozens of recent decisions and key statutory changes. Virtually every principal case in the leading casebooks is cited or discussed, making it an excellent aid for students in any water law course. The revised book deals with changes in evolving areas like groundwater-surface water conflicts, public recreational uses, instream flow protection, federal water development, takings claims, and public interest concerns." - from the publisher
- By Robert Beck. Published by Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. 2009. 3rd edition.
"Primarily national in scope, but with interstate, state-specific and international coverage, this treatise contains in-depth information on legal issues involving water rights, water usage and water quality." - from the publisher
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