“In order to have a sustainable Texas—both the economy and the supporting environment— we must realize that  water is in a special category. If we overbuild or overuse our water resources or pollute them too badly, there are NO substitutes. Research this matter and think about it. Have we maxed out our water conservation efforts in every city, in every town, for every water-using industry and on every irrigated farm? Has every alternate option been considered, planned and put to use? Those options might be: rainwater harvesting, efficient ag and urban irrigation, groundwater desalination, wastewater rening such as Low Impact Development or Smart Growth? We should not be considering any state water sharing plan such as this until all other logical efforts at solving water issues to reach sustainability have been fulfilled.” Read more from Mike Mecke and Ranch & Rural Living Magazine