DALLAS — In a state where drought has threatened to slow growth, Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is proposing a desalination project to supply water for development on state-owned land while raising revenue for the state’s Permanent School Fund.

As chairman of the School Land Board, which manages the real estate portfolio of the state’s $26 billion PSF, Patterson is investigating the feasibility of tapping into Texas’ abundant brackish groundwater, desalinating it, and selling it.

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