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Founded in 1982, the Texas Center for Policy Studies (TCPS) brings together the people and the information necessary to ensure that growth and development in our region enhances, rather than diminishes, quality of life.



New! TCPS Report: Use of Surplus Water from Reduction in Steam Electric Power Generation for Environmental Restoration - An Investigation into the Opportunities in the Big Cypress Watershed of the Cypress River Basin, May 2019

Texas Observer Article on the Lydia Ann Controversy, January 2017

TCPS Comments on the draft 2017 State Water Plan, April 2016

TCPS Comments on the TWDB's 2016 Planning Rulemaking, April 2016

Friends of the Lydia Ann Channel (FLAC): TCPS is assisting FLAC in thier fight to stop a massive petrochemical storage area for 100 barges next to the Port Aransas Lighthouse and the National Estuarine Research Reserve in the Lydia Ann Channel.

Report on public participation: A Defense of the Contested Case Hearing Process for TCEQ Environmental Permit Decisions. (Originally published in the Texas Environmental Law Journal, Vol. 44, No. 2, September 2014, pages 175-234.)

Learning from Drought: Next Generation Water Planning for Texas: This report examines the Texas water planning process and makes recommendations for future plans.

Sustainable Water Plan for Texas: Visit our project page for information on how the Texas water planning process can be reformed to produce a more sustainable, cost-effective, and environmentally-sound state water plan.

Our Desired Future: TCPS is proud to sponsor Our Desired Future, a multimedia project to educate Texans on the interconnections between water above and below ground and what Texans can do to keep water flowing for future generations.


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