The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960 Page: 629
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tion of 'Texas, the Texas Gulf Basin and is the fifth in a series of
economic growth and water demand studies that the Bureau has
prepared under contract with the Bureau of Reclamation, United
States Department of the Interior.
The area studied is that of the Texas Gulf Basin situated east
of the Balcones Escarpment and south of the Red River Basin. As
delimited in this report, the Texas Gulf Basin, includes substan-
tially all of the drainages of the Sabine, Neches, Trinity, Guada-
lupe, and San Antonio rivers, the middle and lower reaches of
the Brazos, Colorado, and Nueces rivers, and the lower valley of
the Rio Grande. The 97 counties included in this area comprise
the most heavily populated area in Texas. Their water require-
ments are obviously important. The economic analysis, however,
includes not only these counties but others within the trading
areas of Basin cities. Thus, the study contains economic data for
a total of 132 of the 254 counties of the state.
In four volumes containing 716 pages, 178 tables, 33 figures,
and 32 maps, conclusions are derived from a consideration of
past, present, and potential economic activity in the 132 counties
occupying most of the eastern half of the state. The forecast in
terms of employment and population extends to the year 2oo.
Much of the population data and production figures extend back
to the year goo. The purpose is to determine the resource
utilization potentials of the Texas Gulf Basin in relation to mar-
ket demands, the resulting industrialization, population growth,
and water requirements. The writers emphasize that the pro-
jections in the study are not firm but are intended to indicate
expected direction and general magnitude of change. The ex-
pectations as to development up to the year 2olo are based on
the assumptions that there will be relative fiscal stability, that
economic growth will not be affected by war, that there is pos-
sibility of an extended cold war, and that adequate water will be
available at a reasonable cost.
The organization of the data is systematic and at all times
clear; the division into four volumes is helpful. Volume I, Re-
sources of the Texas Gulf Basin, describes the economic signifi-
cance of the resources of the Basin. Facts as to climate, land forms,
minerals, agriculture, manufacturing, and transportation are
presented in such a manner that the stage is set for the material
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