Real Estate and Water Rights Expert
Texas Real Estate Broker 

(512) 627-3793            



Named as an expert in over 600 cases since 1987.

Areas of Expertise:


Real Estate Brokerage Ethics and Fiduciary Duties of Licensees


Water Rights


Property Management


Construction Management


Real Estate Brokerage Commercial and Residential


2016 Doctor of Philosophy, Economics and Business, Cum Laude, Universitat Jaume I, Spain

2015-16 Capstone Instructor of the Year, St. Edward's University


2014 Author, Sharing the Common Pool: Water Rights in the Everyday Lives of Texans

Texas A&M Press


2013 DeLayne Hudspeth Award for Innovative Instruction

St. Edward's University

2012 C. K. Chamberlain Award

East Texas Historical Association

2011 Outstanding Adjunct Professor

St. Edward's University


2009 Realtor of the Year

Austin Board of Realtors


2009 Author, Spanish Water/Anglo Water

Texas A&M Press - Winner of San Antonio Conservation Society Publication Award 2011; Winner of Texas Old Missions and Forts Restoration Book Award 2011.


2008 Presidential Award Winner

St.Edward's University


2008 Robert S. Weddle Award Winner

Texas Catholic Historical Society


2007 Peacemaker Award Winner

Dispute Resolution Center, Austin









Charles Porter as Moderator of "Financing the Solution" at the Texas Capitol Auditorium, January, 2013.  Panelists: Senator Troy Fraser, Chair of the Senate Natural Resources Committee, Representative Allan Ritter, Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, Lewis McMahan, Board Member of the Texas Water Development Board. Sponsored by H2O4Texas, the Texas Association of Realtors, and the Austin Board of Realtors
Porter serves, since its inception in 2012, on the National Parks Service 15 member International Experts Committee in support of the San Antonio Missions' nomination to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  He was a contributor and editor of the water history section of the nomination book, cover shown below.
St. Edward's University's Pangaea Journal, Editor-in-Chief, Charles Porter
Porter meeting the King of Spain

Contact Information:

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Winter 2013 St. Edward's University Magazine Article - " A World Without Water"
Porter delivering the keynote address at the 18th Annual Bell County Water Symposium on November 15, 2018.  Quote from the Temple Daily Telegram:

“Groundwater is the future. Period,” said Charles Porter, author and assistant professor at St. Edwards University in Austin and author of “Sharing the Common Pool: Water Rights in the Everyday Lives of Texans.”

The water expert discussed the state’s historical dependence on both groundwater and surface water systems.  “Texas is soon to be back in drought at any given time,” Porter said, calling the masses to action to consider the importance of water.

Often, different areas of Texas tend to have different attitudes toward water usage and sourcing, such as Corsicana residents often preferring not to share water with surrounding areas, according to Porter, or Austin relying too heavily on water from the Colorado River.

A greater effort needs to go into informing the public about water conservation, and that process should start with Realtors informing their tenants on how they access and manage water usage. Realtors can sharpen their knowledge of local water by attending water district meetings, Porter said.

Dirk Aaron, general manager of the Belton-based Clearwater Underground Water Conservation District, echoed Porter’s sentiments, praising efforts he had in advocating for Texas House Bill 1221. The bill pertains to seller disclosure in connection with residential real property subject to groundwater regulation.

Porter's new book on bookstands now - Sharing the Common Pool: Water Rights in the Everyday Lives of Texans
Porter's speech to the Edwards Aquifer Authority management - luncheon lecture series
Please read - "Water Rights and Everyday Real Estate Transactions," Charles Porter's Peer Reviewed Paper for the Texas Water Law Superconference - duties of real estate licensees and water rights. For continuing education credit for attorneys.
"Living on the Land" by Charles Porter for the Bullock Texas State History Museum Star, Winter 2013
Charles Porter as Co-Emcee and Presenter at the opening of the Enduring Women Exhibit at the Bullock Texas State History Museum Feburay 1, 2013
"What you need to know about mineral rights" by Charles Porter in Texas Realtor, January-February 2015