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Mark Richardson is a multimedia journalist, editor and writer who has worked in digital, print and broadcast media for three decades. He is a nationally recognized editor and reporter who has covered government, politics and the environment. A journalism graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, he was recently awarded a Foundation for Investigative Journalism grant and has three Associated Press Managing Editors awards for excellence in reporting.
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Key Players & Topics In This Article
Forestar Real Estate Group: A real estate and natural resources firm. Has made major in-roads in attempts to purchase groundwater rights in Texas.
Lower Colorado River Authority: The quasi-governmental organization charged with, among other key items, regulating water policy for the Lower Colorado River--the body of water that runs through the heart of Austin. The creation of the organization in 1934--and the eventual series of dams it built--helped send electricity to portions of the Texas Hill Country.
Utilities Development Corporation: A municipally-backed utility group formed in the wake of the Lower Colorado River Authority's decision to divest itself of a series of small municipal water utilities. It eventually succeeded in purchasing many of the utilities.