McClesky, George 1983-08-23

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Lubbock attorney George McClesky discusses the High Plains Underground Water Conservation District and issues surrounding the conservation and importation of water.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: George McClesky

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: August 23, 1983

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 1 hour 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: High Plains Underground Water Conservation District, Water wastage, 1950s, Lawsuits, Salt water pollution, Water Quality Control Board, General perception of Ogallala Aquifer, U. S. versus Marvin Sherbet, I.R. S. ruling on cost depletion, Guidelines for case, Attorneys, Financing and evidence, Appeal, Leonard J. Pro, Tritium molecules, Cross examination, Federal government position, Marvin Sherbet.

Tape 1, Side 2: Water Incorporated, Origin, Tom McFarland, Trips to California, Central Valley Project, Early policies, Water importation, Feasibility, Water Inc. (again), Promotional efforts, Leadership, Billy Clayton, Buchanan, Colonel Chamberlain, Billy Clayton (again), Accomplishments, Water legislation, Sympathetic politicians, Changes in views of Texas water needs, Rationale of water importation, North American Water and Power Alliance (NAPAWA).

Tape 2, Side 1: NAPAWA (continued), Water importation, Funding, Irrigation, Pecos Valley, Effect on Lubbock, Texas; post 1940, Growth, Dallas, Texas, Growth rate, Water supply, Lubbock growth versus Amarillo growth, Factors, Texas Tech—location, Discussion of potential interviewees, Fort Stockton law suit, HPUWCD (again), Threat of state control.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1950-1983

Bulk Dates: 1950-1983

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