Project Reports


While there are no one-size-fits-all solutions to water security in Texas, municipalities benefit from learning the best practices of others’ in the state.  The Bush School Capstone technical report aims to provide a foundational understanding to readers about the current state of water security in Texas and the effective methods available to address challenges associated with water security.  It synthesizes interviews with municipal water professionals with technical and government reports to provide readers with a better understanding of these water security challenges and the strategies and technologies used to resolve them.

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This project is a collaboration between The Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University and the Texas Water Foundation.  The research project is intended to enhance team members’ analytical and research capacity, while also equipping them with relevant professional and interpersonal skills. The report is the work product of students enrolled in the 2019-2020 Capstone: Cagan Baldree, MPSA 2020; David Barrera, MPSA 2020; Jake Gibbons, MPSA 2020; Harrison Gregg, MPSA 2020; A.J. Lionberger, MPSA 2020; William Moore, MPSA 2020; Kim Van Le, MPSA 2020; and Clinton Verner, MPSA 2020; under the supervision of  Dr. Robert Greer, and one of the PI’s of the Pathways to Sustainable Urban Water Security X-Grant.


The Texas A&M University School of Law Natural Resources Systems Spring 2020 Capstone Seminar students created a toolbox for entities in Texas building water desalination and water recycling facilities. Given Texas’ water scarcity, both water alternatives are highly sought after solutions and already in place in San Antonio and El Paso. These resources aim to compile the existing, available information on permitting and compliance obligations in an organized and accessible fashion. The guides are designed to help regulators, utilities, and the private sector navigate the legal and regulatory framework, and identify required federal, state, and local permits and other compliance criteria. To download the reports, please click below or click here for more information from the Law School website ( 

Permitting Infographic for Groundwater Desal

The report is the work product of students enrolled in the 2020 Capstone Seminar under the supervision of Gabriel Eckstein, Professor of Law and Director of the Texas A&M University Energy, Environmental, and Natural Resource Systems Law Program and one of the PI’s of the Pathways to Sustainable Urban Water Security X-Grant. The report’s authors include: Seth J. Boettcher, TAMU Law ‘20, Courtney Gately, TAMU Law ‘21, Alexandra L. Lizano, TAMU Law ‘20, Alexis Long, TAMU Law ‘20, and Alexis Yelvington, TAMU Law ‘20. The project was developed in collaboration with the Texas Water Foundation.