Texas Tech University

Publications and Presentations

Volumes 1 and 2 of Groundwater Laws and Regulations: A Preliminary Survey of Thirteen U.S. States, written entirely by law students, is available here.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Texas Tech University a five-year, $26 million grant to establish the Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Advancing Sustainable and Distributed Fertilizer Production (CASFER). The goal of the project is to protect surface water quality by creating a nitrogen circular economy. Prof. Hardberger is a co-principal investigator listed on the grant. You can learn more about CASFER in the newest episode of Fearless, which goes inside the research to discover more about CASFER through the eyes of a farmer who will feel its impact.

Articles & Reviews

Prof. Hardberger's article on the future of Texas groundwater litigation was published by the William and Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review, and she presented her work at the 2021 Texas Groundwater Summit. See New Strategies for Groundwater Litigation in Texas here.

Prof. Hardberger's co-authored UNESCO paper about groundwater governance in conflict-affected countries was released. See Groundwater Governance for Conflict-Affected Countries here.

Previous articles written by Prof. Hardberger can be found here


Prof. Hardberger, It's Debatable: Taking a long look at Texas' recently passed abortion law, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, (Nov. 21, 2021; 8:00 am), available at: https://www.lubbockonline.com/story/opinion/2021/11/21/its-debatable-taking-long-look-texas-recently-passed-abortion-law/8671477002/.
Prof. Hardberger, Lack of water could cut the power, San Antonio Express-News, (Apr. 24, 2021), available at: https://www.expressnews.com/opinion/commentary/article/Amy-Hardberger-Lack-of-water-could-cut-the-power-16124700.php.

In the News

Prof. Hardberger is quoted in the following article: Lindsey Carnett, Hill Country residents helpless as developer advances wastewater plan, San Antonio Report, (Oct. 10, 2022), available at: https://sanantonioreport.org/guajolote-tract-development-lennar-homes-edwards-aquifer/.

Prof. Hardberger is quoted in the following article: Colin McDonald, Innovations in Texas Water Systems, Texas Comptroller Fiscal Notes, (June/July 2022), available at: https://comptroller.texas.gov/economy/fiscal-notes/2022/jul/water-systems.php.

Prof. Hardberger is quoted in the following article: Jayme Lozano, West Texas farmers look to regenerative agriculture to fight extreme weather, on the Texas Standard: The National Daily News Show of Texas, (April 11, 2022 9:55 a.m.), available at: https://www.texasstandard.org/stories/west-texas-farmers-look-to-regenerative-agriculture-to-fight-extreme-weather/.
Prof. Hardberger was recently on the Daily Newscast discussing new watering restrictions in Lubbock on our local NPR station KTTZ. The newscast can be listened to at: https://radio.kttz.org/show/daily-newscast/2022-04-07/newscast-april-7th-2022
Prof. Hardberger is quoted in the following article: Eric Killelea, Innovation or rabbit hole? Experts weigh in on Musk-backed firm's San Antonio tunnel plans, San Antonio Express-News (March 25, 2022; 2:00pm), available at: https://www.expressnews.com/sa-inc/article/boring-company-san-antonio-tunnel-17028470.php.
Prof. Hardberger is quoted in the following article: Justin Horne, How Does the Edwards Aquifer Work & Why Is It So Heavily Regulated? KSAT Explains, KSAT.COM, (February 8, 2022; 7:24pm), available at: https://www.ksat.com/ksat-explains/2022/02/09/how-does-the-edwards-aquifer-work-why-is-it-so-heavily-regulated-ksat-explains/.
Prof. Hardberger is quoted in the following article: Zoe Kurland, In Rural West Texas, The Demand for Well Water is Growing, Marketplace (December 14, 2021), available at: https://www.marketplace.org/2021/12/14/rural-west-texas-well-water-demand-is-growing/.


On September 27, 2022, Prof. Hardberger participated in the Governance insights for groundwater management challenges webinar hosted by the International Water Resources Association. The webinar introduced the "Global water security issues" publication Series 3.

On August 23, 2022, Prof. Hardberger participated in an online presentation Governing groundwater: Achieving the SDGs through accelerating inclusion and participation hosted during World Water Week by the UN and UNESCO. 

On March 22, 2022, Prof. Hardberger participated as a moderator for a webinar titled Future Gazing: Groundwater Action as Climate Action hosted by the International Water Resources Association for World Water Day.
Prof. Hardberger presented on the topic “Land Use and the Legal Future of Water” at Texas Tech University's 54th Comparative Literature Symposium: "Perspectives on Water on the Llano Estacado". 


The Texas Tech University Arts Committee appointed Prof. Hardberger to the committee.