The Future of Water Security in Oklahoma and Texas

Will Shelden discusses the implications of his research on water security in the Southern Great Plains. He asserts that if our society doesn’t make changes in the way it handles water today, states like Oklahoma and Texas could see major challenges in the future. Will Shelden is a senior geology major in The University of Oklahoma’s Mewbourne College of Earth and Energy. Originally from North Carolina, Will has been a student at OU since 2014 and has been an active member of OU’s Campus Activities Council and the MCEE. His research focuses on Oklahoma’s longterm water security and the potential problems arising from resource depletion and climate change. He looks forward to graduating this May in order to continue his studies in energy and resource law. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at