This Week in Texas Water

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 18:31 Written by

Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts monitors what is happening in Texas water. Here is a summary for the week.

Most Important Global Risk Faced Today Is the World Water Crisis, Huffington Post

Study Warns of Mega Drought to Come, Houston Chronicle

Southwest, Great Plains States Are Ill-Prepared for Megadroughts This Century, International Business Times

Why Water Scarcity Is Such a Big Problem for Big Business, Business Cheat Sheet

Scientists Probe Huge Bands of Vapor That Make or Break Droughts, Phys Org

Texas May Look to Middle East for Water Solutions, Water Online

Utilizing Wastewater Presents Environmental and Economic Opportunities, Breaking Energy

Pros and Cons of Brackish Water, Water Online

Texas Drought Status Remains at 39 Percent, Southwest Farm Press

Are New Water Regulations Worth the Cost? KCBD

Cloud Seeding Outlook for the Big Country, KTXS

Beef Prices Expected to Head Lower Thanks to Growing Herds, NBC News

Despite Rains, Many Reservoirs Lower This Year Than Last, AgriLife Today

Dangerous Dams in Texas, KVUE

TWDB Publishes Study on Drought Indicators, Bandera County Courier

Farm Briefs: Study Looks at Predicting Drought, Amarillo Globe-News

Railroad Commission Chair: Regulations’ Impact on O&G Industry, Texas Lawyer

Buda Locks Down Controversial Water Source, Community Impact

Buda’s Mayor Alleges Threats Over Water Deal, KVUE

Hays County Water War Leads Buda Officials to Add Security, Austin American-Statesman

Upriver, a Dispute Brews on the Colorado Over Proposed Dam, Austin American-Statesman

North Texas Municipal Water District to Dredge Reservoir, Washington Times

With Inflows Dire, LCRA Raises Alarm on Drought-Dependable Water, Austin American-Statesman

LCRA Declares Current Highland Lakes Drought Worst Ever, KXAN

LCRA Reduces Water Supply Projections As Drought Worsens, KVUE

LCRA: Current Drought Worst on Record for Central Texas, KXAN

Drought Conditions Worsen Along Highland Lakes, Your Southeast Texas

Region D Proposes New Legislation, Daily Tribune

Low Lake Levels Raise Concern Over Marble Falls Development, Daily Trib

With Plans in Place, Record Drought Hopefully Won’t Leave Area High and Dry, Mineral Wells Index

Mary Rhodes Pipeline Near Completion This Year, Caller Times

Decker Lake Golf Proposes Tapping Trinity Aquifer to Solve Water Issue, Austin American-Statesman

Lakes of East Texas Continue to Have Low Water Level, Daily Tribune

Robot May Help Arlington Reduce Water Loss, Water Online

Amarillo to Send Notices of 2014 Water Testing Violation, Amarillo Globe-News

Lake Abilene’s Past and Future, Big Country Homepage      

Killeen Council Must Address Pending Merger of Water Districts, Killeen Daily Herald

Resolving Issues With Aging Water System, Cameron Herald

Water Study Contract Approved to Ensure Water Availability, KGNS

This Week in Texas Water

Monday, 16 February 2015 17:42 Written by

Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts monitors what is happening in Texas water. Here is a summary for the week.

Megadroughts’ Could Devastate Southwest U.S. Within a Century, Time

Worst Drought in 1,000 Years Predicted for American West, National Geographic

Climate Change Hampering World Food Production, Say Scientists, Yahoo News

New Mexico AG Vows to Fight Texas Over Rio Grande Claims, KOB 4

Water: Can You Put a Price on the Priceless? Triple Pundit

Texas Supreme Court Leaves Water Disposal Issue Unanswered, San Antonio Express-News

Water Rights Fight at the Texas Supreme Court, Big Country Homepage

Pro: Legislation Could Define Management of Brackish Water, Victoria Advocate

Con: Brackish Desal Needs More Research, Victoria Advocate

Despite January Rains, Central Texas’ Chief Reservoirs Remain Low, Austin American-Statesman

Lisa Craven’s New Job: Helping Texas Spend $2B to Fix Water Woes, Austin Business Journal

Cities Weigh Growth vs. Water Shortages, Texas Tribune

A Decade of Drought Has Little Effect on Texans’ Water Knowledge, New Research Shows, Herald Online

Report Shows More Water Conservation Education Needed for State of Texas, Water World

Water Experts Meet to Discuss Ways to Conserve Water in Central Texas, KXAN

Digging Deep: Businesses, Residents Drilling Wells in Search of Water, Mineral Wells Index

Texans Don’t Know What They’re Drinking, Houston Chronicle

Invasive Plants, Mussels a Growing Threat to Lakes, Tyler Morning Telegraph

Texas Implementing New Technologies to Address Strained Water Supplies, Water World

The Q&A: Todd Caldwell, Texas Tribune

Agriculture Experts Look at Conserving Water in the Panhandle, Connect Amarillo

Lower Brazos River Coalition Formed to Protect Downstream Interests, The Journal

Hays Water Fight Portends Battles to Come, Texas Tribune

Houston Co.’s Plan to Pump Water From Trinity Aquifer Faces Opposition, Houston Business Journal

Buda’s Water Woes Focus of Capitol Groundwater Fight, San Antonio Business Journal

Brazos River Authority Voices Support for Lower Basin Coalition, The Journal

West Texas Farmers Turn to Alternate Crops As Cotton Demand Drops, KCBD

Official: North Texas in Better Shape Than Rest of State With Water Supplies, Fort Worth Business Press

Lavon Lake Dredging Project Adds to North Texas Water Supply, Dallas Morning News

Austin Council Discusses Water Scarcity, Austin Monitor

Abilene City Council Approves Possum Kingdom Pipeline, Big Country Homepage

For the First Time in Almost a Decade, Most of Dallas Is in the Worst Stage of Drought, Dallas Morning News

SAWS Conference Teaches High School Students About Water Quality Issues, KSAT

A ‘Confluence’ of Students Descends on San Antonio, Rivard Report

El Paso Public Service Board Approves Pilot Plant to Recycle Water, El Paso Inc

Dallas Files Lawsuit Over Sabine River Authority’s $24-Million-a-Year Water-Rate Increase, Dallas Morning News

City of Waco in Running for $5.8M Wastewater Reuse Grant, Waco Trib

Cracked Levee in Brownsville Investigated; No Immediate Flood Risk, Valley Morning Star

Fixing Arroyo Flood Risks, Valley Morning Star

Council Asks Killeen to Challenge Local Water Agreement, Killeen Daily Herald

This Week in Texas Water

Monday, 09 February 2015 17:20 Written by

Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts monitors what is happening in Texas water. Here is a summary for the week.

World Has Not Woken Up to Water Crisis Caused by Climate Change: IPCC Head, Yahoo News

Counting Gallons: How Much Water Do You Use? Marketplace

Cowboys and Cows Are Soaking the American West Dry, New Republic

Can Sun and Wind Make More Salt Water Drinkable? National Geographic

Regional Water Conservation Efforts Await Congressional Reauthorization, KRWG

LCRA Joins NASA Mission, Texas Public Radio

Texas Justices Skirt Underground Trespassing Question, Texas Tribune

Pro: Legislation Could Define Management of Brackish Water, Victoria Advocate

A Texas Senate Environmental Committee Gets a Name and Scope Change, Austin American-Statesman

Water for Milk – Dairy Industry Pushes Water Reuse As Conservation Tactic, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

The Fault Line: Does Drilling Cause Earthquakes? WFAA

Drought Still Burns Texas, Palestine Herald-Press

Drought Easing But SAWS Remains Cautious, WOAI

Soil Moisture Slowly Improving, My Plainview

Texas Officials Begin Evaluating 48 Water Plan Applications, CBS DFW

Texas Water Loan Applications Top $5.5. Billion, Austin American-Statesman

Texas Cattle Sees First Rebound from Drought, Houston Chronicle       

Central Texas Project Will Study Drought Tolerance of Landscape Plants, AgriLife Today

Where Are the Water Projects That Are Asking for $5.5 Billion in State Loans? State Impact

Rep. Isaac Files Bill That Would Protect Unregulated White Areas, Jason Isaac

Hays County Voices Support for Desalination Study, Community Impact

Hundreds Pack Public Meeting on Hays County Groundwater Battle, KEYE TV

Effort to Regulate Hays Wells Proving Difficult, Austin American-Statesman

Residents Beg Buda to Reconsider Aquifer Pumping Plan, KXAN

Dallas Gets No Respite In Dispute Over Water Costs, Dallas Morning News

On Aquifer Protection, Council Ignores Distractions, San Antonio Express-News

Hays County Supporting Desalination Study Grant Application, KVUE

Houston Area Accounts for Bulk of State Water Program Requests, Houston Chronicle

DFW Water Planners Seek $1.8 Billion in State Funding, Dallas Morning News

Texas Panhandle Not Among State Water Funding Applicants, Amarillo Globe-News

San Angelo Applies for $150M Loan to Fund Wastewater Project, Standard-Times

STW Studying County’s Water, Fort Stockton Pioneer

Dallas May Not Break Drought This Spring, Dallas Morning News

With Growth Booming, Lavon lake to Get Updated Master Plan, Dallas Morning News

Water Sampling Suggests Zebra Mussels Have Not Spread at Lake Waco, Waco Trib

Wastewater Recycling & Treatment Program in Wichita Falls Reaches Milestone, Everything Lubbock

San Angelo Applies for $150M Loan to Fund Wastewater Project, Standard-Times

Abilene Wants to Tape PK Lake Water, Mineral Wells Index

Drought Update: Landa Park Spring Flowing Again, News 4 San Antonio

San Marcos Looks at Weakening Drought Restrictions, KVUE

Ready or Not, Stage 4 Water Restrictions Are Coming to Graham, Graham Leader

Victoria Terminates Stage I of Drought Contingency Plan, Victoria Advocate

This Week in Texas Water

Monday, 02 February 2015 20:40 Written by

Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts monitors what is happening in Texas water. Here is a summary for the week.

Israeli Company Eager to Solve Texas’ Water Woes With Desalination, Austin Business Journal

Why Dump Treated Wastewater When You Could Make Beer With It? Texas Public Radio

Can Sun and Wind Make More Salt Water Drinkable? National Geographic

Friday Night Football Returns to Water Politics, Texas Tribune

Texas Farm Bureau Wants Water Well Accommodation, Law 360

Satellite Might Help Explain Texas Water Deficit, El Paso Times

Colorado Geophysicists Work to Find Cause of North Texas Quakes, CBS DFW

Consider This…Perry’s Appointment Key for West Texas, KCBD

Texas A&M: Despite Rains, Drought Still Persists Over Much of the State, KBTX

Crosbyton Students Honored at Texas Capitol, Fox 34

Farmers Honored for Conservation Efforts, Morning Ag Clips

WaterSavr Technology Helps Drought Conservation Efforts in Texas, Water Online

Texas A&M at Qatar Research Highlighted in Prestigious Journal, Texas A&M Today

Mining the Moon Becomes a Serious Prospect, Phys Org

Drought Research Off To a Good, But Rainy Start, Rivard Report

Texas Company Unveils Plan to Mine ‘Trillions of Dollars’ From the Moon, Metro

East Texas Rain Diminishes Upcoming Wildfire Threat, KTRE

Texas Drought Is Still Alive and Well, The Observer

Data Show Texas Water Supply Still Low Despite Recent Rainfall, Daily Texan

The Q&A: Anthony Tarquin, Texas Tribune

LCRA: Drought Conditions Still Exist, Community Impact

New Agriculture Commissioner Calls Water Top Issue, Austin Monitor

Rio Grande Valley Drought Lifted, But Conditions Still Not Optimal, The Monitor

Company Says Evaporation Suppression Worked, Times Record News

Testing the Toughest Plants for Drought Tolerance, Rivard Report

Drought Summit Offers Help to Organic Farmers, Texas Tribune

Texas Drought Persists Through Rainy Winter, Houston Chronicle

Hays County Groundwater War Brewing Over Trinity Aquifer ‘No-Man’s Land,’ San Marcos Mercury

Hays County Well Owners Fight Aquifer Drilling, KXAN

Homeowners Fight to Take Drilling Battle to Legislature, KVUE

Farm Briefs: North Plains District Notes High Water Mark, Amarillo Globe-News

Panelists Discuss the Edwards Aquifer Water Wars, Texas Tribune

Hays County Well Owners Meet Over Aquifer Concerns, KXAN

Texas Water Officials Approve $255 Million for New Reservoir, KVUE

Put Aquifer Protection Program on Ballot, San Antonio Express-News

Open Letter: River Authority Asks for Aquifer Protection, Rivard Report

Council Approves Aquifer Protection Program, KSAT

Council Approves May 9 Vote on Aquifer Protection, Creekways, San Antonio Express-News

Officials Break Ground on Brazos River Wetland to be Used by Scientists, Waco Trib

Commentary: Securing San Antonio’s Water, Rivard Report

Abilene’s Plan to Pump Water From Possum Kingdom Lake Draws Mixed Reactions, Big Country Homepage

Central Texas Water District Eyes Desalination Plant to Expand Supply, Austin American-Statesman

After Year of Debate, Dallas City Council Votes Not to Remove Fluoride From City’s Water Supply, Dallas Morning News

City of Lawton Considers Cloud Seeding, KSWO

San Marcos Returns to Stage 2 Water Restrictions, KXAN

Allen Raises Water, Sewer Rates, Allen American

Amarillo City Council Approves $11.7M Pipeline Contract, Amarillo Globe-News

Plano Receives Water-Quality Updates, Play Star Courier

Technology Helps Arlington Reduce Water Waste, Star-Telegram

Sherman Embarks on Water Plant Expansion, Herald Democrat

This Week in Texas Water

Monday, 26 January 2015 18:56 Written by

Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts monitors what is happening in Texas water. Here is a summary for the week.

NM Attorney General Says Water Battle With Texas Is Critical, Albuquerque Journal

Balderas Asks Legislature for More Money to Fight Texas Water Case, Albuquerque Business First

Price of Water Is Source of Risk for Industry, Water Online

Warka Water Promises to Harness Safe Drinking Water from the Air, Gizmag

Lt Gov. Patrick Decides on Texas Senate Committees, Times Record News

Sen. Perry of Lubbock to Chair Ag Water & Rural Affairs Committee, Everything Lubbock

Lawmakers Hope to Cease Public Notices in Print, San Antonio Express-News

Luke Metzger: Texas Should Take Lead on Climate Solutions, El Paso Times

Keeping PACE in Texas: Revitalizing Industry, Saving Water, Guiding Better Policy, Environmental Defense Fund

Quenching Our Future, Part 6: Texas Drought Diminishes, But Enormous Water Loss Persists, Satellites Show, El Paso Times

Hopes for Drought Relief Fading, WOAI

Fading El Niño Could Extend Texas Drought, Dallas Morning News

West Texas Drought Remains Concern, Daily Toreador

How Low Can It Go? Tracking Lake Levels, KVUE

The Texas Water Development Board, Alice Echo News Journal

Speakers at Texas Alliance for Water Conservation Program Recommend Soil-Moisture Monitoring, Careful Planting, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Texas Lawmakers Take Aim at Taxes Generated by Water Districts, Dallas Business Journal

STW Water Demonstrates Its Salttech Water Reclamation Technology, Herald Online

Beef Prices Not Expected to Go Down Any Time Soon, Daily Herd

An Oral History: War & Peace Over the Edwards Aquifer, Rivard Report

Water Battles of 1990s Shaped Policy Today, San Antonio Express-News

Water Planners Wrestle with Marvin Nichols, News-Journal

Water Group Continues to Oppose Marvin Nichols, Daily Tribune

Firm’s Plan to Pump, Sell Water Raises Alarm in Northern Hays County, Bloomberg Business

Groundwater Wars Brewing in Austin’s Suburbs, Texas Tribune

Urban Waters Initiative to Launch with Federal Partners, Rivard Report

City’s History Tied to Its Water Sources, San Antonio Express-News

Council Set to Place Aquifer Trailways on the Ballot, Rivard Report

Aquifer Conservation Belongs on May Ballot, San Antonio Express-News

Austin Water to Add More Rules to Stage Three Restrictions, KVUE

Private Well Drilling Concerns Hays County Homeowners, KVUE

Judge Backs Guadalupe Groundwater District’s Claim to Regulate Landfill, San Antonio Express-News

Montgomery County Cities Worry Groundwater Rules Will Hurt Growth, Houston Chronicle

Katy-Area Utility Districts Fight Irrigation Rules, Houston Chronicle

City Officials Looking at Long Term Water Supply Solutions, News Channel 6

KWSC Plans to Appeal Court Ruling, Killeen Daily Herald

Archibald: City Has Challenges With Water Infrastructure, But Has Much to Be Proud Of, Abilene Reporter-News

Port O’Connor Water Fight Is Not Over, Victoria Advocate

City of Canyon Bolstering Water Supply With Land Purchase, Connect Amarillo

Oklaunion Power Plant Looking at Alternative Water Sources, Everything Lubbock

North Alamo Water Customers on Edge, KRGV

Quail Creek Resident Has Red Water, Few Answers, Victoria Advocate

New Water Treatment Plant to Service Brock, Star-Telegram

Water Wells Boosting Graham Water Supply, Big Country

Buda City Council OKs Controversial Water Contract, Community Impact

Graham and Burkett Co. Advance Water Well Plan, Graham Leader

La Vernia City Council Considers Water Issues, La Vernia News

This Week in Texas Water

Monday, 19 January 2015 23:49 Written by

Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts monitors what is happening in Texas water. Here is a summary for the week.

World Economic Forum Ranks Water Crises as Top Global Risk, Circle of Blue

A Brief History of Water Conflict, Water Online

States Reacting to Water Scarcity, Texas Tribune

USDA Awards $10 Million for Rice Project, Southwest Farm Press

Lubbock and South Plains Declared Primary Disaster Areas by USDA, Everything Lubbock

Experts Predict Growing Uncertainty for Water Supplies, Ag Professional

Argonne Model Analyzes Biofuel Impacts, Phys Org

Water Conservation as Simple as 811, Southwest Farm Press

Scientists Look for What’s Causing Texas Earthquakes, Phys Org

What’s Causing Texas Earthquakes, Governing

Seismologists Disagree Over Texas Earthquake Swarm, NBC DFW

The Q&A: Greg Flores, Texas Tribune

CTWC: Organization Says It’s Time to Rethink Management of State’s Dwindline Water Supplies or Consequences Could be Severe, PR Newswire

Wintering Geese Flock Back to Texas After Downward Trend, Houston Chronicle

New Slate of Officers for Sabine River Authority of Texas, Orange Leader

State Funding Available for Water Projects, Standard-Times

Drought Persists Despite Wintery Precipitation, My Plainview

Wet Start Does Little to Dampen North Texas Drought, Star-Telegram

Five Reasons Why Council Should Approve Renewal of Edwards Aquifer Protection, Rivard Report

Highland Lake Invlow Levels for 2014 Second-Lowest on Record, KXAN

District Continues Efforts to Deal with Drought, Austin American-Statesman

Austin Water to Add More Rules to Stage Three Restrictions, KVUE

Questions Surface Over the Future of Groundwater Use in Montgomery County, Community Impact

Dash for Cash Imperils Aquifer Protection, San Antonio Express-News

Irrigation Conference Educates Farmers About Water Conservation, Connect Amarillo

Conroe, Other Cities Want LSGCD to Delay Vote on Rules Amendments, The Courier

Briscoe County Landowners Battle State Recommendation to Join Water District, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Some in San Marcos Fed Up With Water Restrictions, KXAN

Slate Calls on Local Citizens to Help Protect Mill Creek, Sealy News

STW Water Update & Plans for Growth in 2015, Herald Online

City of Lampasas Wins Water Dispute, KXXV

Flower Mount Looking at Water Reuse System, Cross Timbers Gazette

Amarillo City Council Buys Roberts, Ochiltree Water Rights, Amarillo Globe-News

This Week in Texas Water

Monday, 12 January 2015 18:29 Written by

Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts monitors what is happening in Texas water. Here is a summary for the week.

2014 Was Officially the Hottest Year on Record, Time

2014 Weather and Climate Break World Records, Clean Technica

Henry Cisneros: We’re Hitting ‘Point of No Return’ On Climate Change, NBC News

Texas to Mexico: You Owe Us Water, BN Americas

Weather Forecasts Could Become Seeding Forecasts, Phys Org

NASA to Launch Satellite to Analyze Moisture Content of Earth, Science Times

The Latest Climate Change Threat: Beavers, Take Part

Western Drought Tops the List of 2014 Billion-Dollar Disasters in US, AccuWeather

America’s Got a Water Problem, Business Insider

Transportation, Water, Education, Health Care Set for 2015 Texas Legislature, KTXS 12

As Session Starts, the Texas House Is Ready to Get to Work, Star-Telegram

Nine Earthquakes Rattle North Texas in Under 24 Hours, FOX News

Series of North Texas Earthquakes Trigger Speculation Over Role of Fracking, International Business Times

Are Oil and Gas Industries Behind the Rare Texas Earthquakes? National Geographic

What’s At Fault? Scientists Seek Cause of Irving Earthquakes, Dallas Morning News

New Railroad Commissioner Expects to Address Issues From Earthquakes to Water, Midland Reporter-Telegram

Don’t Blame Coming Storm on El Niño, KXAN

Concerns About the Future of the Rio Grande, KRGV

Sid Miller Sworn In As Agriculture Commissioner, Time Warner Cable News

Hold Your Water: Plants and Pocketbook Will Benefit From Winter Cutback, San Antonio Express-News

Rain Barrels Surge in Popularity, KSAT

Battling Drought with the Edwards Aquifer Authority, Texas Public Radio

Northeast Texas Reservoir Debate Resurfaces in Austin, New Orleans Public Radio

Texas Water Board Keeps Alive Plan for New Reservoir to Supply Dallas, Dallas Morning News

Marvin Nichols Reservoir Stays in State Plan, Texas Tribune

Battle Over Water Rights Gets Reprieve, Tyler Morning Telegraph

Texas Water Development Board Votes in Favor of Marvin Nichols, TXK Today

Extreme Pipeline Installations Provide Long-Term Solutions for Fast-Growing San Antonio, Water World

San Antonio Seeks Extension of Water Conservation, Park Development Programs, San Antonio Business Journal

Dallas to Step Up Enforcement of Water Rules, Dallas Morning News

Dallas Drought Measures May See New Types of Enforcement, Dallas Morning News

State and Federal Investigators Look Into Whooper Death, Corpus Christ Caller Times

Clean, Reused Water Pumping Into Lake Fort Phantom, Big Country Homepage          

Put Aquifer Protection on May Ballot, San Antonio Express-News

Duncan Enters Stage Five Water Restrictions, Texoma’s Homepage

This Week in Texas Water

Tuesday, 06 January 2015 23:07 Written by

Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts monitors what is happening in Texas water. Here is a summary for the week.

Texas Perspective: Water, Texas Tribune

2015 Forecasts Mixed on Drought, Aquifer, San Antonio Express-News

2015 Water Preview, Part II: National – States React to New Era of Water Scarcity, Circle of Blue

As Water Demand Slows, Utilities Seek New Solutions, High Country News

EPA, State of Texas Partner to Provide Safe Drinking Water Projects to State, Water World

The Politics of Drinking Water, The Atlantic

Learning to Do Without Water, Golf Digest       

On the ‘Grapes of Wrath’ Trail, the Dust Bowl Still Resonates, National Geographic

US Scientists to Study Monarch Butterfly Numbers for Protected Status, Phys Org

Cloud Seeding Study Boosts Hopes in Parched West, WyoFile

Supreme Court Could Hear Whooping Crane Case, San Antonio Express-News

Assistant Commissioner for Water and Rural Affairs Named, Fort Stockton Pioneer

Why Water Is Not the New Oil, News-Journal

Groundwater Pumping Causing Levels to Rapidly Drop, Southwest Farm Press

Consequences of the Texas Drought Continue to Linger, The Eagle

Permit Denied to Use Amite River Water for Fracking, Brownsville Herald

Hunters Set Sights on Harvesting Future Water, Victoria Advocate

Editorial: The Price Is Too High for Water from Lake Fork, Dallas Morning News

SAWS Vows to ‘Respect’ Central Texas Water, San Antonio Express-News

Galveston Island Preserve Takes Shape, Houston Chronicle

2015 Off to a West Start in North Texas, Star-Telegram

Fate of Marvin Nichols Reservoir Could Be Decided Thursday, News-Journal

Water District Starts Measurements, My Plainview

Texas City to Develop Water Distribution System, Operations Master Plan in New Partnership, Water World

Hutto Water Rates Go Up, Hutto News

This Week in Texas Water

Monday, 22 December 2014 18:26 Written by

Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts monitors what is happening in Texas water. Here is a summary for the week.

What Spain Can Teach Texas About Solar Energy, State Impact

Water, Texas, and an Opportunity That Should Not Be Wasted, Forbes

Coping with Floods – of Water and Data, Phys Org

Urban Stream Contamination Increasing Rapidly Due to Road Salt, Phys Org

Desalination Out of Desperation, MIT Technology Review

We May Never Know How Well Cloud Seeding Works, FiveThirtyEight Science

Climate Change by the Numbers: The Cold Data That Drove a Record-Hot Year, Salon

EPA and Texas Collaborate to Supply Safe Drinking Water to Texans, Big Country Homepage

Proposed Bill Targets Oil and Gas Ordinances in Texas, Dallas Morning News

The Q&A: James Griffin, Texas Tribune

Bush School Student Study: Hydraulic Fracking in Texas Could Intensify Water Shortages, KBTX

A&M Report: Hydraulic Fracturing Adds to Water Stress in the Eagle Ford Shale, San Antonio Express-News

Regulators Pan Study on Methane Gas in Wells, Texas Tribune

From the Ground Up – Meeting Texas’ Future Water Needs, KBTX

Fifth Circuit Won’t Rehear Texas Whooping Crane Case, Star-Telegram

Texas Launches New State-of-the-Art Water Technology Accelerator, Water World

Texas Water Technology Accerleartor Launches; “AcclereateH20” to Spur Increased Water Technology Development and Innovative Results, Business Wire

Drought Conditions Persist, Community Impact

New SWIFT Fund Will Pump Millions Into Water Projects in Texas, El Paso Times

Texas Ranchers Seeking Alternative Incomes, Star-Telegram

Texas Drought Improves, But California’s Still Here, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Bitter Season for Sugarcane Growers, KRGV

Drought Has Long Been Part of Texas Climate and Will Continue, Southwest Farm Press

Drought Opens Texas Rancher’s Eyes to Income Options, Trib Live

TWDB Calling for Grant Applications, Vallley Morning Star

Drought of 2012 Took Big Toll On Ogallala Aquifer, KUNC

High Plains Aquifer Continues Decline, NET

Event: Texas Water Journal Forum, Texas Tribune

Carlos Rubinstein: Water Funding Available in El Paso and West Texas, El Paso Times

WilCo Leaders Discuss State of Water As County Grows, Time Warner Cable News

Controversial Austin Water Plant Opens, KXAN

Leander Open to Water Group Inclusion, Community Impact

Dallas Water Dispute May Mean Higher Rates for Residents, Dallas Morning News

Lubbock-Based Water District Closer to Adding Briscoe Co. Over Landowner Objections, My High Plains

EPWU Looks to Hudspeth County for Water, El Paso Inc

As Desalination Plant Is Built in Brazoria County, Galveston County Considers Its Options, Galveston County Daily News

Denison Council Refuses Support for Bill to Raise Lake Texoma to 614-619 Feet, KTEN

BCWID Abandons $12M Pipeline Project, Will Continue Search for Alternative Water Sources, Big Country Homepage

Mineral Wells Council Adopts 60% Water Rate Hike Beginning in January, Mineral Wells Index

City Seeks Grant for Colonias Water Upgrade, Fort Stockton Pioneer

Conroe Considers Partnership in Construction of New Well, Montgomery County Courier

This Week in Texas Water

Monday, 15 December 2014 18:19 Written by

Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts monitors what is happening in Texas water. Here is a summary for the week.

Why Water Is Not the New Oil, Trib Talk

Utilities Worry Water’s Becoming Unaffordable, Governing

Water: The New Blue Economy? Area Development

Is Water the New Bottom Line for the Private Sector? Energy Exchange

State Climatologist Updates Texas’ Drought Situation, KSAT

Water for the Future, The Battalion

What to Do When Climate Change Poses a Risk to Your Water Supply, The Guardian

Drought Affecting the Energy Mix of Some States, Environmental Leader

EPA Awards Texas $2.5 Million to Reduce Water Contamination Risk in Underground Tanks, EPA

Water Terrorism: How Militant Groups Are Taking Advantage of Climate Change Impacts, Breaking Energy

Fitch: Water Infrastructure Takes a Hit as Municipal Utilities Break Even, Herald Online

Ground Broken for South Texas Reservoir, KVUE

TWDB Swift Program Brings Water to Texas, KWKT

Water Availability Limiting Factor in Ag Production, Southwest Farm Press

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs Releases Updated “Debt-At-A-Glance” Pages for Texas Water Districts, Gilmer Mirror

Aqua Terra Water Management Increases Scale in the Permian Basin, Business Wire

Lake Levels Benefit From Late November Rain, Times Record News

Harvesting the Clouds: How to Make Water Out of Fog, The Verge

Texas Projects Key in Gulf Coast Oil Spill Restoration, Public News Service

LCRA Breaks Ground on New $250 Million Reservoir, KXAN

New Water Supplies to Take Pressure Off Highland Lakes, Time Warner Cable News

DFW Needs Rain to Avoid Tougher Water Rules, Star-Telegram

Hays County Commissioners Vote Against Forming Water Group, Community Impact

Steve Adler Says San Antonio Recycles 40 Percent of Water, Austin Only 5 Percent, Austin American-Statesman

Texas Water Development Board Approves $3M in Financial Assistance to the City of Seagraves, KCBD

City Manager Suggests ‘Water Neutral’ Plan for Decker Lake Golf Course, Austin American-Statesman

City Waiting on Equipment for Additional Treatment Process, Times Record News

Water Demands Spur County Action, Community Impact

City Council Amends Code to Include Water Quality Regulations, Community Impact

Lubbock Rainfall Total Exceeds Last Year by Nearly 10 Inches, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

El Paso Water Utilities Customers Could Pay $50 More a Year Under Rate Increase, KFOX 14

Reverse Osmosis Treatment Plant Approved, Mineral Wells Index

This Week in Texas Water

Monday, 08 December 2014 18:59 Written by

Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts monitors what is happening in Texas water. Here is a summary for the week.

Why Water Is Not the New Oil, Trib Talk

Where Are the Hurricanes? U.S. Goes 9 Years Without a Category 3 Storm, NBC News

Water Scarcity a Bigger Emergency Than Anyone Thought, Water Online

2014 to Be Hottest Year Ever Measured, Scientific American

Animal Feedlots and Oil Operations Leave An Impact You Can See From Space, Huffington Post

First Municipal Fracking Ban Takes Effect in Texas, KXAN

Energy Pipeline: Dry Fracking Could Be a Water-Saving Game Changer, Greeley Tribune

Lower Speed Limits Coming in Drilling Areas, Texas Tribune

Water Worries: Advocates Concerned State Measures Fail to Protect Water From Drilling, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Drought Status Continues to Improve Across Southwest, Southwest Farm Press

New Mexico Irrigators Ask to Intervene in Texas-NM Water Suit, Albuquerque Journal

The Q&A: Walt Sears, Texas Tribune

The ‘Texas Miracle’ Is Fueling Huge Economic Growth – And the Climate Change That May End It, PRI

Opportunity Arises to Help Water Conservation Effort, Baylor Lariat

Feds May Revise New Food Safety Rules for Irrigation Water, The Monitor

Texas Businesses Starting to Realize Water Is Valuable Resource, Dallas Observer

Still No Drought Busting El Niño, KXAN

Weak El Niño Could Mean Wet, Early Spring In Texas, Austin American-Statesman

If El Niño Ever Arrives, It Likely Won’t Bring Much Rain, State Impact

Hard Wisdom for Scarce Water, Eco-Business

Report: New EPA Plan Would Cut Water Usage, Hill Country News

Laughman: Texas Must Update Ailing Water Infrastructure, Houston Chronicle

No El Niño Yet, But More Rain Coming to Texas, Dallas Morning News

Pricing Water Is Key to Mitigating Business Risk, Environmental Leader

Wetter Year Makes for Bountiful Texas Pecan Crop, Houston Chronicle

Beef Prices Soar Upward, Brownsville Herald

Christmas Trees to Cost a Little More This Year, Tyler Morning Telegraph

Zebrafish: The Next Great Water Testing Instrument? Water Online

Why a New Start-Up Is Paying Customers to Save Water, Nation Swell

How Do You Put a Price on Water? Try Algorithms, Guardian

New Prairie Populism Takes Root in Texas, San Antonio Express-News

Virtual Water: An Emerging Science, Santa Fe New Mexican

Leaders: Alternative for Water Is To Desalinate, Valley Morning Star

Is Water the New Bottom Line for the Private Sector? Forbes

Neighbors in The Woodlands Compete to Conserve Water, Houston Chronicle

Hickory Aquifer Project Took Long, Winding Path to Realization, Standard-Times

Councilman Nirenberg Looks to Ban Coal Tar in SA, KSAT

Colonias Water and Septic Upgrades Ongoing, Fort Stockton Pioneer

SAWS Launches Central Texas Pipeline Project, San Antonio Express-News

SAWS Launches Vista Ridge Pipeline Project, KSAT

Funding Now Open for East Texas Water Projects, KTRE

Water Resources Commission Comments on Council Decision, Times Record News

City: Abilene Water Safe to Drink Despite Unusual Taste, Odor, KTXS

Wichita Falls Water Projects Move Forward, Texoma’s Homepage

Water Emergency in Mineral Wells, WFAA

Las Lomas Residents Going Days Without Water, KGNS

Fort Stockton Is One Step Closer to Prividing West Texans With Another Source of Water, CBS 7

Ingram in Midst of Decade-Long Wastewater Struggle, KSAT 12

This Week in Texas Water

Monday, 01 December 2014 20:25 Written by

Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts monitors what is happening in Texas water. Here is a summary for the week.

Hotter, Drier Projections Threaten Texas Miracle, Texas Tribune

Is Climate the Mother of Innovation? National Geographic

Balancing Rural and Urban Water Needs, Texas Public Radio

The Worst Drought in 1,000 Years, Student Science

CPS Water Usage Will Decrease With New EPA Ruling, San Antonio Express-News

Blackburn: Our Bays and Coast Are Under Threat, Houston Chronicle

Perry Renews Disaster Proclamation, Denton Record-Chronicle

Water Scarcity: Don’t Blame Oil and Gas Companies, Water Online

Texas: Panhandle Hybrid Study Could Help Corn Producers Save Water, High Plains Public Radio

Water Projects Line Up for Cash, News-Journal

Good Pecan Harvest in Time for Holidays, Time Warner Cable News

Much to Be Thankful For, But Price-Drought Challenges Remain, AgriLife Today

EFH, Sierra Club Settle Environmental Suits and EFH’s $6.45 Million Claim for Legal Fees, Dallas Morning News

Map Shows Future of Mustang and Padre Islands As Sea Levels Rise, Caller Times

Water Treatment Plant 4 Nears Completion, Half-Billion Dollar Plant to Open Dec. 19, Four Points News

As Drought Enters Sixth Year, Edwards Aquifer Still Low Despite Recent Rains, San Antonio Express-News

Construction on SAWS Desalination Plant Well Underway, KSAT 12

State Rep, GBRA Pitch Desal to Community Leaders, Victoria Advocate

SAWS Leads Nation in Water Conservation, San Antonio Current

Council to Consider $38 Million for CRMWD Water, Eagle Ford Texas

Township Launches Water Conservation Challenge, Woodlands Online

This Week in Texas Water

Monday, 24 November 2014 19:32 Written by

Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts monitors what is happening in Texas water. Here is a summary for the week.

Report: EPA Power Plan Would Save Texas Water, Texas Tribune

Texas Ranchers Claim EPA’s Plan to Redefine ‘Navigable Waters’ Will Hurt Cattle Industry, Southeast Texas Record

Study: Energy Plan Would Save Water, News-Journal

How Underground Sensors in Texas Will Help NASA Predict Drought and Floods, State Impact

New Report Looks at Fracking Amid Drought, Denton Record-Chronicle

Texas Oil Company Pleads Guilty to Dumping Wastewater Into Gulf, KENS 5

Energy Industry Faces Water Challenges, San Antonio Express-News

Water Wars Part 1: Pumping Water for Fracking Sparks Concern Along River, CBS 7

Water Wars Part 2: Company Responds to Pipeline Concerns, CBS 7

Water Development Board Accepting Applications for SWIFT Projects, San Angelo Live

Legislature: Bill Would Increase Transparency for Projects Funded Using the State Water Implementation Fund, Cypress Creek Mirror

TWDB: Level Playing Field Given in Water Funds Prioritization, Standard-Times

Decades-old Desal Goals Inch Closer to Reality, Caller Times

LCRA Seeks to Suspend Releases From Highland Lakes for Fourth Straight Year, LCRA

Citing Drought, LCRA Seeks to Curb Highland Lake Releases in 2015, Austin American-Statesman

Introducing Sprinkl: Water and Money Savings in One Sleek Product, Sys-Con Media

Early Tests Don’t Find Tainted Water From Oil Boom, San Antonio Express-News

Weather, Pinch on Supplies Drive Cattle Prices Up, Prairie Business

U.S. Farm Irrigation Becomes More Efficient, Moves East, Circle of Blue

EPA Plans New Toxin Guidelines for Drinking Water, ABC News

Drinking Toilet Water Isn’t That Weird Right? Eagle Ford Texas

Council Member Proposes Ban on Toxic Asphalt Sealant, Time Warner Cable News

Getting In On the Water Rush, Hanford Sentinel

Americans Are Using Less Water Than We Did in 1970, Smithsonian

Free Money to Save Water? You Can Do It, and Here’s How, Take Part

Underground Water Bubble Is Huge Help During Drought, KSAT 12

Hays County Shoots Down Plan for Regional Water Group, Austin American-Statesman

Quenching Our Future: City of El Paso to Wean Itself From River Water, El Paso Times

Abengoa Clinches Controversial Texas PPP Deal, Global Water Intelligence

CBS 11 I-Team Looks At What’s In Your Water Tower, CBS DFW

USGS Studies Sediment Movement in San Antonio River Basin, Goliad Advance-Guard

BP Money Benefits Coastal Bend Conservation Projects, Caller Times

San Antonio Works to Protect Endangered Species, Austin American-Statesman

Newer Hybrids Give Corn Producers Options, Laboratory Equipment

Recent Rains Helping Local Christmas Tree Farm, KVUE

Lawmaker Spoke to Grand Jury After Making TRWD Complaint, Star-Telegram

Taylor Files Bill to Expedite Water Access Permits, Plano Star Courier

Groundwater Levels Down in Bell County, Killeen Daily Herald

Grant Process Underway for Residents Seeking Water, Tyler Morning Telegraph

Council to Consider $38 Million for CRMWD Water, OA Online

City of Victoria Downgrades Drought Plan, Victoria Advocate

In Wichita Falls, a Record Rainfall Provides Hope, Star-Telegram

This Week in Texas Water

Monday, 17 November 2014 21:15 Written by

Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts monitors what is happening in Texas water. Here is a summary for the week.

Rice Farmer Helps Migratory Birds, Cleans Water on Texas Coast, USDA

Study: Fracking Chemicals Found in Toothpaste and Ice Cream, Washington Post

It’s a Long Way From Texas to Toledo, Huffington Post

SWIFT Application Period Opens Monday, Caller Times

Billions Available to Keep Water Flowing in Texas, KRISTV

Texas Energy Group Asks Court to Halt Fracking Ban, New Zealand Herald

Texas Association of Business Asks EPA to Withdraw Its “Waters of the U.S.” Proposal, Big Country Homepage

Eagle Ford Mineral-Rights Trial Involving JPMorgan Chase Bank Underway in Bexar, San Antonio Express-News

USGS Report Indicates National Water Use At Lowest Levels in Over 40 Years, WaterWorld

Texas Farmer Says to Hell with Freeze and Rekindles Romance with Hydroponics, Culture Map

From the Ground Up – Technology Solutions for Texas’ Water Plan, KBTX

It’s a Global Problem – But the Greatest Minds in Silicon Valley Don’t Seem Interested in Fixing It, Fast Company

Private Sector an Oasis for Thirsty San Antonio, Texas Tribune

Dallas Building an Eerie Canal of Wastewater Pipelines, Dallas Morning News

CPS Has ‘No Deal’ With SAWS for Desalination Plant Site, San Antonio Express-News

What’s Up With High Beef Prices? Drovers Cattle Network

Innovators Are Chasing a Cheaper Future for Desalination, Next City

Study: Many Common Chemicals Found in Fracking Fluid, USA Today

40 Percent of the World’s Cropland Is In Or Near Cities, Texas Public Radio

Property Purchase Has Bats Flying Free, San Antonio Express-News

Lake Levels Rise, But Dry Spell In Forecast, Times Record News

Tracking Frackers From the Sky, Smithsonian

Beef Cattle Herd Expansion Possible, Agri News

Water Sector Ripe for Innovation and Investment, Finds Stanford-led Report, Phys Org

Central Texas Drought Persists, With October Flows Into Lake Travis and Buchanan Among Lowest on Record, Austin American-Statesman

From the Ground Up – Technology Solutions for Texas’ Water Plan, KBTX

Water From Thin Air, Environmental Protection

7 Solutions to Climate Change Happening Now, Scientific American

San Marcos Lands State Loan to Expand Reclaimed Water System, San Marcos Mercury

City Awards $9.6 Million Loan Bid for Water System, Dalhart Texan

Life Continues Without Water in Reklaw, Palestine Herald-Press

Wanted: More Ward County Water, Eagle Ford Texas

Looking for More Water for Odessa, OA Online