Water has always shaped Texas. Even before it was Texas, water marked where civilizations settled. In the 17th century, water determined where missions and trade routes were established. Today, it dictates the location of semiconductor plants and the growth of our largest urban expanses. After 400 years, we are still working on how to best allocate and invest in our most precious resource. Our cities, industries, and ecosystems thrive or crumble based on its availability.

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