Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Department of Water Resources:

An Inventory of High Plains-Ogallala Aquifer Area Study Records at the Texas State Archives, 1955-1983



Overview

Creator: Texas. Dept. of Water Resources.
Title: High Plains-Ogallala Aquifer Area Study records
Dates: 1955-1983
Abstract: Types of records include minutes, by-laws, resolutions, correspondence, memos, notes, studies, reports, contracts, vouchers, copies of newspaper clippings, photographs and slides, press releases, maps, charts, and audio cassette tapes. Records date from 1955 to 1983. Records are from the High Plains-Ogallala Aquifer Area Study and were produced by the High Plains Study Council, the High Plains Liaison Committee, and the various Texas state agencies that had responsibility for investigations related to groundwater, primarily the Texas Department of Water Resources. Records document the formation and policy-making activities of the High Plains Study Council, its Liaison Committee planning with state governments, and the collection and compilation of raw data on water resources by Texas water agencies. A complete set of minutes of the High Plains Study Council is present. Correspondents include the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Representatives, U.S. Department of Commerce-Economic Development Administration, county judges, the Texas Department of Water Resources, Texas Water Development Board, Texas Board of Water Engineers, and Texas Water Commission. Approximately half of the records consist of groundwater availability and water quality data.
Quantity: 16 cubic ft.
Language English.

History of the Study

The problem of a decreasing water supply from the Ogallala Aquifer for irrigation on the High Plains was addressed by the U.S. Congress in Section 193, Public Law 94-587 in 1976. In order "to promote the economic vitality of the High Plains Region," Congress directed the Secretary of Commerce to study "the depletion of the natural resources of those regions...presently utilizing the declining water resources of the Ogallala aquifer, and to develop plans, to increase water supplies in the area and...to examine the feasibility of various alternatives to provide adequate water supplies to the area." The study area was defined as those regions of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Nebraska presently utilizing the Ogallala Aquifer and the surrounding regions which may be affected economically or hydrologically.

In October 1976, Congress authorized the study at a funding level of $6 million. The six states, with the Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA), formed the High Plains Study Council in November 1976. The purpose of the Council was to determine potential development alternatives for the High Plains; to describe the policies and actions required to carry out promising development strategies; and to evaluate the local, state and national implications of these alternative development strategies. The membership of the council was composed of a representative from the federal government and three members from each state in the study area. From Texas, the representatives were the executive director of the Texas Water Development Board, the chairman of the Water Development Board, and a member of the House of Representatives. Other participants in the study would include the general contractor, state advisory groups, and an advisory group composed of environmental, energy, and regulatory state and federal agencies.

A study design was approved by the High Plains Council in 1977 and a general contractor, the consulting firm of Camp, Dresser, and McKee, Inc., was selected in September 1978. The general contractor managed the study for the federal government and the Council and each state performed part of the work. In Texas, this primarily included the Texas Water Development Board and its successor, the Texas Department of Water Resources. The Texas Water Development Board was established in 1957 and its responsibilities have included administering state and federal financing programs for water-related projects and long-term water resources planning with associated data collecting and studies on water resources of the state. Under a 1965 reorganization, the Water Development Board assumed certain technical and planning functions formerly vested in the former Texas Water Commission and the Board of Water Engineers. In 1977, just after the High Plains Ogallala Aquifer Study had begun, the Water Development Board was consolidated into the new Department of Water Resources. The records and activities of the study were also transferred to the Department of Water Resources and the Texas portions of the study were conducted and finished under that agency's direction.

Planning funds for performing research analyses for the Texas portion of the High Plains Ogallala Aquifer Area Study were under contract between the general contractor and the Texas Department of Water Resources. Research elements included farm level research, energy production impacts, state and regional impacts, and water resources evaluation. In water resources evaluation, the Texas Department of Water Resources worked closely with the United States Geological Service (USGS) and the general contractor, describing the geologic structure, hydrology, and the groundwater and aquifer characteristics of the Ogallala and peripheral aquifers. Data collected included information on precipitation, streamflow, recharge, natural discharge, movement of groundwater, and water quality. Studies and estimates were made of the depths to water, thickness of the aquifer, well yields, and quantities of water in storage in each county of the Texas High Plains area. For data prior to 1976, the Department of Water Resources used water availability studies done by the Texas Board of Water Engineers, the Texas Water Commission, and the Texas Water Development Board. This data, along with projections of future water use, was used as input into analyses of the project. The Department of Water Resources also subcontracted with the general contractor to provide administrative support to the High Plains Study Council Liaison Committee.

The High Plains-Ogallala Aquifer Area Study was completed in March 1982. Recommendations were made to Congress and the Secretary of Commerce in January 1984.


Scope and Contents of the Records

Types of records include minutes, by-laws, resolutions, correspondence, memos, notes, studies, reports, contracts, vouchers, copies of newspaper clippings, photographs and slides, press releases, maps, charts, and audio cassette tapes. Records date from 1955 to 1983. Records are from the High Plains-Ogallala Aquifer Area Study and were produced by the High Plains Study Council, the High Plains Liaison Committee, and the various Texas state agencies that had responsibility for investigations related to groundwater, primarily the Texas Department of Water Resources. Records document the formation and policy-making activities of the High Plains Study Council, its Liaison Committee planning with state governments, and the collection and compilation of raw data on water resources by Texas water agencies. A complete set of minutes of the High Plains Study Council is present. Correspondents include the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Representatives, U.S. Department of Commerce-Economic Development Administration, county judges, the Texas Department of Water Resources, Texas Water Development Board, Texas Board of Water Engineers, and Texas Water Commission. Approximately half of the records consist of groundwater availability and water quality data.

To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.


 

Arrangement of the Records

These records are arranged in five categories in the following order: High Plains Study Council, High Plains Liaison Committee, Six-State High Plains Study, High Plains Ogallala Economic Study, and Ground Water Availability Studies.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

None.


Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Corporate Names:
High Plains Study Council.
Texas Board of Water Engineers.
Texas Water Development Board.
Texas Water Commission.
Subjects:
Aquifers--Texas--High Plains.
Aquifers--High Plains (U.S.)
Groundwater--Texas--High Plains.
Groundwater--High Plains (U.S.)
Groundwater--Texas--High Plains--Quality.
Groundwater--High Plains (U.S.)--Quality.
Water-supply--Texas--High Plains.
Water-supply--High Plains (U.S.)
Water resources development--Texas--High Plains.
Water resources development--High Plains (U.S.)
Places:
Ogallala Aquifer.
Ogallala Aquifer--Water level--Economic aspects.
Document Types:
Reports--High Plains (U.S.)--Groundwater--1955-1983.
Minutes--High Plains (U.S.)--Groundwater--1955-1983.
Correspondence--High Plains (U.S.)--Groundwater--1955-1983.
Press releases--High Plains (U.S.)--Groundwater--1955-1983.
Maps--High Plains (U.S.)--Groundwater--1955-1983.
Clippings--High Plains (U.S.)--Groundwater--1955-1983.
Photographs--High Plains (U.S.)--Groundwater--1955-1983.
Functions:
Researching groundwater.

Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Texas Water Commission, Minutes, 1913-1986, 7.77 cubic ft.
Texas Water Development Board, Meeting files, 1963-1967, 1974-2002, 11.34 cubic ft.
Publications
A summary of results of the Ogallala Aquifer Regional Study, with recommendations to the Secretaty of Commerce and Congress. High Plains Study Council, 1982.
Six-state High Plains Ogallala Aquifer Regional Resources Study: Final report, regional study element. High Plains Associates, 1982.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), High Plains-Ogallala Aquifer Area Study records, Texas Department of Water Resources. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 1993/217

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Water Commission on August 5, 1993.

Processing Information

Paul Beck, September 1993


Detailed Description of the Records

 

High Plains-Ogallala Aquifer Area Study records, 1955-1983,
16 cubic ft.

High Plains Study Council
box
1993/217-12 Bylaws, [undated]
Mailing List, 1980
Correspondence, 1980-1982
Congressional Briefing Materials, 1979-1981
Minutes, 1976-1983
Press Releases, 1979-1980
Resolutions, 1979-1980
Status Reports, 1979
Statework:
Element A-1 [Farm Level Research]
Element A-2 [Energy Production]
Area A-3 [Impact Analysis]
Correspondence, 1978-1981
Maps, [undated]
Meetings, 1979-1980
Progress Reports, 1980-1982
References
Workshops, 1979-1980
Workplan, 1979
High Plains Liaison Committee
box
1993/217-11 Correspondence, 1980-1983
Minutes, 1979-1983
Comments received by Texas on the High Plains Study Council's draft report, 1982
Requests for Council's Summary Report, 1982-1983
Council's Summary and Recommendation Report, drafts and review copies, 1982-1983
[2 folders]
box
1993/217-12 Reports to High Plains Study Council, 1980-1981
State Review of General Contractor's High Plains Study - Interim Report, 1979
Study Review Letters of Final Report, 1979
box
1993/2117-15 Membership and Mailing Lists, [undated]
Correspondence, 1978-1979
Original Notes and Draft Minutes, 1979
Committee and Study Council Meeting Files, 1980-1982
Report Summary, 1982
Original Notes and Draft Minutes, 1980-1982
Six-State High Plains Study
box
1993/217-12 Authorization, [1976?]
Background, 1977-1981
Clippings File, 1979-1980
Contracts, 1977-1983
box
1993/217-13 Corps of Engineers, 1977-1980
Correspondence, 1978-1982
DIDS [Domestic Information Display System] Information, 1980
Directory, 1981
Educational Brochure, [undated]
Energy Price Projections and Methodology, 1980
Environmental Impact Statement, 1978-1979
General Contractor Correspondence, 1978-1982
General Contractor, Selection of, 1978-1980
Interim Reports, [undated]
Instream Flow Requirements, 1979
Microfiche Copies of all High Plains Study Reports, [1982?]
Public Information, 1979-1980
References, 1979-1983
Slide Show, [undated]
Speech Materials, 1976-1979
box
1993/217-14 Study Plan, 1976-1978
Technical Advisory Committee, 1979-1980
USGS [United States Geological Survey], 1978-1982
HPSC [High Plains Study Committee] Bulletin:
Colorado Copy, 1981-1982
Nebraska Copy, 1980-1981
New Mexico Copy, 1980
Texas Copy, 1980-1981
Correspondence, 1980-1984
Current Bulletin, 1982
Organization/Operation, 1980-1982
Past Publications/Samples, 1981-1982
box
1993/217-15 Study Task A-2, Energy Production Impacts, 1980
Energy Working Papers, 1980
Master Mailing List Input Forms, 1982
Congressional Briefing, 1981
High Plains News Items, [1982?]
box
1993/217-16 Federal Defense and Non-Defense Expenditures, 1980
Government Expenditure Series, [undated]
State and Local Revenues/Expenditures, [1980-1982?]
High Plains Ogallala Economic Study
box
1993/217-8 Correspondence, 1976-1977
Agenda/Minutes, 1977-1981
Bylaws and Membership, 1977-1978
Contracts, 1978-1982
Interim Report, 1979
Minutes/Cassette Tapes of High Plains Study Liaison Committee, 1979-1982
Work Plan, Texas Department of Water Resources, 1979
Study Organization, 1981
Draft Study on Fish and Wildlife Resources, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1981
Ground Water Availability Studies
box
1993/217-1 General correspondence:
1982-1983
Basic Data Project, 1963-1967
1963-1983
Beaumont-Lake Charles area, 1980
Calhoun County, 1969
Callahan County, 1970-1979
East Texas Ground Water Monitoring Project, [undated]
Edwards Aquifer Regional Study, 1980
El Paso area, 1965-1982
Evaluating the Groundwater Resources of the High Plains of Texas, (USGS), 1978-1983
Fredericksburg, TX, 1962-1963
box
1993/217-2 High Plains Ogallala Study, Phase I, 1977
Hockley County, 1964-1965
Houston area, 1975-1980
Houston - Aquifer Delineation Study, 1975
Houston - Land Surface Subsidence, 1961-1983
Irrigation Evaluation Study, 1982
King County, 1962
Kingsville area -subsidence study, 1977
La Salle - McMullen Counties, 1959-?
Maverick - Webb Counties, 1964-1966
Milam - Robertson counties, 1968-1972
box
1993/217-3 Mitchell - Nolan Counties, [undated]
Nacogdoches County, 1965-1966
Northeast Texas Aquifer Study, 1970-1974
North Central Texas, 1962-1973
box
1993/217-4 North Central Texas (continued), [undated]
Ogallala Aquifer Study, 1977-1981
Ogallala Formation Study - Southern High Plains, 1957-1969
Paducah, city of, 1963
Parmer County, 1970-1972
box
1993/217-5 Parmer County (continued), 1971
Pecos County, 1958-1971
Reeves County, Balmorhea Delineation, [1976?]
box
1993/217-6 Reeves County, Balmorhea Delineation, (continued), 1972-1978
San Antonio area 1955-1983,
[8 folders]
box
1993/217-7 San Antonio area (continued), 1972-1983,
[4 folders]
South Texas Ponded Water Study, 1970
Taylor County, 1970
Trans-Pecos Regional Study, 1965-1980
Travis County, 1969-1976
Trinity Geohydrology Study, 1976-1977
Trinity Sands, 1963-1976
Upshur County, 1963-1970
Upton County, 1977-1978
Wharton County, 1963-1973
Winkler County, 1959-1969
Wilbarger County, 1971
box
1993/217-9 Chambers, Liberty, and Montgomery Counties, 1980
Brazoria, Fort Bend, and Waller Counties, 1980
Hill Country, South Central Texas, [1980?]
Orange County area, 1980
Selected Reservoirs in Texas, 1982
Callahan County, 1983
Belton Lake, 1980
Colorado, Lavaca, and Wharton Counties, 1979-1982
[3 folders]
Brownsville, Texas, 1982
Travis County, [1982?]
Cretaceous Aquifers of North Central Texas, 1980
[2 folders]
Land Surface Subsidence in the Texas Coastal Region, 1980
[2 folders]
Feasibility of Secondary Recovery of Ground Water from Ogallala Aquifer, [1980?]
box
1993/217-10 Underground Injection Control Technical Assistance Manual, 1983
Chemical and Physical Characteristics of Water in Estuaries in Texas, 1980-1983
[3 folders]
Travis County, [1980-1982?]
Brazoria, Fort Bend, and Waller Counties, [1980-1982?]
Callahan County, [1980-1982?]