This Week in Texas Water

Monday, 15 September 2014 17:13 Written by

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

Amid Drought, Texas Is Fuming Because Mexico Isn’t Sending the Water It Owes, Washington Post

Aquifer Is No Quick Fix for Central Texas Thirst, New York Times

What an On-Again, Off-Again El Niño Means for Texas, State Impact

Brown: Water Conservation Plan Will Eliminate Freshwater Fracking, Southeast Texas Record

The Q&A: Sharlene Leurig, Texas Tribune

Four Earthquakes Rattled Texas Last Week, Another on Sunday, State Impact

When Fracking and Free Speech Collide, Al Jazeera America

A Texas Man Is Being Sued for Proving Fraacking Made His Tap Water Flammable, RYOT

Need to Recycle Water? Give the Ground First Shot At It, Phys Org

Ogallala Groundwater Study Will Set Stage for Colorado Water Conservation Debate, Circle of Blue

NBC News: Global Drought Conditions Are Starting to Take an Economic Toll, Money News

SAWS Pipeline Talks Conclude, San Antonio Express-News

Questions Loom About SAWS Pipeline Deal, San Antonio Express-News

Floating New Idea to Keep Lakes from Drying, KEYE TV

Water Allocation an Issue at Fracking Locations Across US and Globally, Phys Org

Dealing with Drought: Making Tough (and Smart) Choices for Overcoming Water Scarcity, WaterWorld

Rep. Bill Callegari: Water Reuse in Texas, OA Online

Edwards Aquifer Offers Cash In Exchange for Reduced Irrigation, KVUE

Sprung a Leak? Smart Water Meters to the Rescue, Forbes

Disappearing Rio Grande Expedition Recap, Texas Tribune

Trench Warfare: The Feds Want to Define “Waters of the United States” Scientifically. Farmers Are Freaked Out, Slate

House Votes to Block EPA Water Rules, San Antonio Express-News

Oil and Gas Industry May Have New Took to Treat Frac Water, San Antonio Business Journal

Railroad Commissioner Candidate Proposes ‘Water Conservation Plan’ for Fracking, Dallas Morning News

Study Pins Shale Water Contamination on Well Construction, Not Drilling or Fracking, Dallas Business Journal

Drought Moves Cattle Production North, Drovers Cattle Network

Brown County Commissioners Adopt Resolution Regarding the EPA Clean Water Act, Big Country Homepage

No Water to Waste, Houston Chronicle

Planning for Future Water Use a Conundrum for Houston, Houston Chronicle

Bayou Corne Sinkhole: Texas Brine Seeks Permit to Discharge Wastewater at Site, Residents Speak Out, The Times-Picayune

Lubbock Practices Water Conservation During Drought, Daily Toreador

Lead in Water Prompts Calls for San Marcos to Be ‘Proactive,’ KVUE

West Texas Towns Seek New Ways to Get Water, KTRE

Water Rates to Increase in Tyler, KLTV

Drought Pushes Abilene to Find New Water Source, Brownsville Herald

Denison Water and Sewer Rates Going Up for 5 Years and Tax Rate Stays Same, KTEN

Water Rate Increases: Council Removes Conservation Fee from Equation, KRISTV

City Council Oks Improvements to Let Millions More Gallons of Water to Flow to Abilene, Abilene Reporter-News

Graham Talks Water, News Channel 6

City of Galveston Enacts Stage Two Drought Contingency Plan, The Citizen

This Week in Texas Water

Monday, 08 September 2014 21:44 Written by

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

Scientists Find ‘Alarming’ Amount of Arsenic in Groundwater Near Texas Fracking Sites, Think Progress

Drinking or Fracking? Report Finds Top Shale Plays Globally Are in Places with Scarce Water, Fortune

A Water District Fight in Texas Shows How Climate Change and Water Rights Are on a Collision Course, Think Progress

A Tale of 2 Water Districts: 1 Aquifer, 2 Strategies, Texas Tribune

Highest Court to Weigh in on a Dispute Over Water, New York Times

A New Study Clarifies Treatment Needs for Water from Fracked Gas and Oil Wells, New York Times

Think the Southwest’s Drought Is Bad Now? It Could Last a Generation or More, Grist

Chance of ‘Megadrought’ in U.S. Southwest Now 50%, Study Concludes, LA Times

Megadroughts Worse Than the Dust Bowl Could Hit the Southwest, Bloomberg Businessweek

Is a Water Revolt Coming to Texas? Texas Public Radio

Global Drought Real Threat to Lives and Economics: Experts, CNBC

Shower with Friends Lets You Gamify Water Consumption, Tech Crunch

World Water Week Offers Answers to Scarcity, Pollution, Security, Circle of Blue

Turning Saltwater from Earth and Sea into Water Fit to Drink, New York Times

Amid Drought, Texas Is Fuming Because Mexico Isn’t Sending the Water It Owes, Washington Post

Texas Farmer Faces Down Climate Change with Water-Saving Program, Culture Map

Clean Water, Houston Chronicle

The Source: Stage 5 Drought Restrictions Around the Corner, EAA Pays Farmers Not to Pump, Texas Public Radio

‘Extraordinary’ Texas Drought Leaves Lake Dry, BBC News

How Droughts Affect the Stock Market, Benzinga

Time to Get Water and Energy Utilities on the Same Planet, EDF

Why 2014 Is the Year of the Energy-Water Nexus, Green Biz

Water Conservation Could Benefit From More Watering Flexibility, Say Researchers, Austin American-Statesman

Drought Severe to Exceptional Across Much of Central Texas, KXAN

LCRA Eyes Water Management Plan Amendment, Austin American-Statesman

As Drought Persists, Cities Look to Texas ‘Lakes’ to Answer Needs, State Impact

Protect Freshwater Flows to the Coast, San Antonio Express-News

Evaporation Powder on Lake Arrowhead to be Studied, Texoma’s Homepage

New Water Rule Worries Those Who Work the Land, Denton Record-Chronicle

Drought Re-shaping the Cattle Map, QUEST

Shale Techniques Challenge Water Supplies, Midland Reporter-Telegram

Lack of Available Water Could Stymie Global Shale Boom, Report Says, San Antonio Business Journal

Water Issues Dominate Energy Event Panel Discussion, Austin Business Journal

Water District Board, City Council to Discuss Water Supply Options, Mineral Wells Index

Changing of the Guard at Water Board, Daily Tribune

Water Use and Drought: The Tumbleweeds Are Back, KERA News

Reservoir Project in Rice Country Gets Financial Assist, Houston Chronicle

Permanent Water Reuse Project Applying for State Funding, Texoma’s Homepage

Bill Callegari, Guest Columnist: Water Reuse Has Bad Rap, But It’s a Clean, Efficient Way to Fight Drought in Texas, Waco Trib

Miracles, Doodle Bugging and Dowsing, Allen American

Digging and Draining Raise Concerns About City’s Care of Great Trinity Forest, Dallas Morning News

Bastrop State Park Seeing New Life Since Wildfires, KXAN

City Finds Alternate Raw Water Intake, Graham Leader

Water Well to be Revived as Part of Plan to Find Steady Water Source, Valley Morning Star

Water Planning Group Preparing for Nichols Rebuttal Against Dallas, Daily Tribune

Low Lake Levels Can’t Stop Labor Day Fun, KXAN

Drought Slows Business Along Medina Lake Labor Day Weekend, KSAT

Despite Rain in Lubbock, Lake Alan Henry Still Dropping, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

El Paso Water Utilities Now Charging New Franchise Fee, El Paso Times

Montgomery County Supplier Touts Use of ‘Reclaimed’ Water for Lawns, Houston Chronicle

Water Tastes Funny? Go Jump in a Lake, Amarillo Globe-News

Sprinklers, Hot Weather Increase District’s Water Use, Dallas Morning News

Ferrellgas Purchases Salt-Water Wells in Texas, Kansas City Star

This Week in Texas Water

Monday, 01 September 2014 20:42 Written by

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

Rules for Oil Wastewater Could Help Stave Off Bigger Quakes in Texas, Houston Chronicle

Texas Proposes Tougher Rules on Fracking Wastewater After Earthquakes Surge, Climate Progress

The Q&A: Amy Hardberger, Texas Tribune

Study Finds More Arsenic in Water Wells Near Texas Drilling Sites, KWTX

The Promise of Thunder, Waiting for Rain in Far West Texas, Texas Monthly

Judge’s Corner: Central Texans Should ‘Remember the Ogallala,’ Austin American-Statesman

New Solutions Needed to Recycle Fracking Water, Phys Org

Ogallala Aquifer’s Dramatic Drying Sows Deep Concerns for High Plains Agriculture, Topeka Capital-Journal

Southwest May Face ‘Megadrought’ Within Century, Study Finds, Phys Org

Obama Considers Anti-Terrorism Standards for Water Utilities, Water Online

Fight Begins Over Stormwater Fee Change, San Antonio Express-News

SAWS Releases List of Top Summer Commercial Water Users, KSAT

Time to Get Water and Energy Utilities on the Same Planet, Environmental Defense Fund

Carefree and Green, Garden Style San Antonio

Drought Brings on a Downpour of Pseudoscience, Motherboard

LCRA Board to Look at Water Management Plan, Austin American-Statesman

Becoming Drought Tolerant: Central Texas Looks for Ways to Balance Population Growth with Future Water Supplies, Austin Chronicle

City Planning for San Antonio Growth Bomb, Rivard Report

Desalinizing Water in Texas, National Center for Policy Analysis

Developers Dump the Fountains As Water Concerns Grow, Houston Chronicle

EAA Offers Incentives to Keep Irrigators from Pumping, KSAT

Oil Companies Target Brackish Water, Odessa American

Water Reservoirs Statewide 65 Percent Full; Disparities Could Lead to Desperate Measures, Cedar Creek Lake

Water Report Sparks Debate on Future Supplies, The Villager

Bacteria: The Key to Desalination? Water Online

Alleged Water Wasters Cited, News 4 San Antonio

Looming Water Shortage Worries Houston Developers, Houston Business Journal

Cotton and Corn Explosion in South Texas, Southwest Farm Press

Austin Not Joining Race to Pipe in Water, Austin American-Statesman

SAISD Cuts Water Usage by Nearly 10 Million Gallons, San Angelo Standard-Times

Labor Day Lake Levels Near Record Lows, WOAI

North Texas Municipal Water District Approves Once-a-Week Sprinkler Use, Dallas Morning News

State and Local Leaders Ask You to be ‘Texas Water Smart,’ KRISTV

Aging Water Infrastructure: The Problem No One Is Paying Attention To, Water Online

Corps of Engineers Pushes Trinity River Record of Decision Until Spring 2015, Delaying Work on Lakes, Dallas Morning News

Texas Drought, Corpus Christi Conservation Spur Water Rate Increases, Corpus Christi Caller Times

City Water Issues Discussed Between Council, Water Authority, Alice News Journal

Officials Stress Water Conservation in the Valley, The Monitor

Converse Tightens Water Use Restrictions, San Antonio Express-News

This Week in Texas Water

Monday, 25 August 2014 15:58 Written by

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

If You Think the Water Crisis Can’t Get Worse, Wait Until the Aquifers Are Drained, National Geographic

Drought Putting Species Protection Plan to the Test, San Antonio Express-News

Texas Drought Will Lighten Up By Winter, Report Says, San Antonio Express-News

Is a Drought-Buster on the Way for North Texas? Star-Telegram

Southwest Struggles as Drought Drains Life From Ecosystem, Agriculture, AccuWeather

GPS Devices Find Huge Water Loss in Western US, San Antonio Express-News

High ‘n’ Dry: GPS Offers New Way to Measure Drought, Yahoo News

Climate Change and Drought Are Forcing Us to Upgrade Our Water Systems, PRI

‘Poisoned Waters’ Billboard Sparks Texas-Ohio Fight, Fort Worth Business Press

Weekly Water Report: How Will Proposed SAWS Pipeline Effect Burleson County? KSAT

Western Drought Causes Earth’s Surface to Rise as Water Levels Drop, Los Angeles Times

A Way Texas Can Grow While Being Green, Dallas Morning News

Despite Delay in Vote, Little Change Expected in Proposed LCRA Water Plan, State Impact

San Antonio Answers  Rising Water Demand with Source Diversification, Future Structure

State Cites Fracking Operation for Taking Water from Tarrant County Lake, KHOU

A Fight Over Pappy Elkins Lake Draws In XTO Energy, Dallas Morning News

S.A. River in Frack Impact Study, San Antonio Express-News

Selling Water in the Desert – and Growing Broke, Standard-Times

Preservation is Conservation, Garden Style San Antonio

Risner: Water Issues Still High on State Agenda, Lufkin News

Texas Buys Conservation Land with Oil Spill Money, Texas Tribune

Investing in the Hardest Working Body of Water in the World, Treehugger

New Satellite Data Will Help Farmers Facing Drought, Phys Org

By Next Summer, Lake Conroe Will Be a Drinking Water Source, Houston Chronicle

Recycling Leftover Fracturing Water Has Its Benefits, Bakken News

Area Lake Levels Dip Again, Times Record News

City of Andrews to Become First Town in the State of Texas to Use New Water Treatment Technology, News West 9

Groups Seeking Public Input for $175 Million San Pedro Creek Redevelopment, Business Journal

Water Group Outlines Priorities for Dallas Fort Worth, Dallas Morning News

Mayor, State Agriculture Commissioner Urge Water Conservation, Corpus Christi Caller Times

Wimberley Wants Sewer Fix to Clean Cypress Creek, KXAN

Weinert Residents React to Stage 6 Water Restrictions, KTXS

City of Sweetwater Staying Ahead of Drought with Completion of a Water Well Project, Big Country Homepage

CEO Talks Desalination Projects & Ideas with TSCRA Members, Bandera County Courier

Banyan Water’s Technology Saves Clients 1.25 Billion Gallons of Water, Herald Online

AgriLife Horticulturist: Winter Garden Water Issues ‘Big Time Serious!’ Leon County Today

City Read to Update Water System Maps, Your Glen Rose TX

This Week in Texas Water

Tuesday, 19 August 2014 17:01 Written by

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

West’s Historic Drought Stokes Fears of Water Crisis, Washington Post

During Drought, Once-Mighty Texas Rice Belt Fades Away, State Impact

Wharton County Town Blames Farmers for Dry Wells, Houston Chronicle

San Antonio Mulls $3 Billion Water Supply Project, Texas Tribune

Christi Craddick: The TT Interview, Texas Tribune

Texas Attorney General Rejects EPA Clean Water Act Proposed Regulations, McKinney Courier-Gazette

Why Texas Is Fighting the Federal Government over Water, Governing

Scientists Were Expecting a Big El Niño This Year. So Where Did It Go? Vox

State Agency Oks New Rules for Injection Wells, Star-Telegram

Environmental Group Says Illegal Diesel Fracking Used in Texas, State Impact

What We Can Learn From Australia and Turning Off the Tap, Time

It’s Official: Edwards Is In Stage IV Pumping Restrictions, San Antonio Express-News

Edwards Aquifer Users Consider How to Pump Less, San Antonio Express-News

San Antonio Avoids Deeper Water Restrictions, San Antonio Business Journal

Feds Won’t Watch Out for Blind Spider, Texas Tribune

Coping with Massive Growth and Record Drought in Texas with Phil Wilson, The Water Values

Wind Coalition Makes Its Case To Texas Regulators Mulling Over New EPA Plan, North American Wind Power

SAWS Comments on Ice Bucket Challenge During Drought, San Antonio Express-News

LCRA Dispatches Employee to Wichita Falls to Examine Evaporation Technology, Austin American-Statesman

Researchers Investigate Remarkable Approach to Desalination, National Science Foundation

Officers Out in Full Force to Catch Water Wasters, FOX 29

Ogallala Aquifer’s Dramatic Drying Sows Deep Concerns for High Plains Agriculture, Topeka Capital-Journal

SAWS Offering Money-Saving Incentives to Conserve Water, KENS 5

Companies Begin Slow Shift to Recycling Wastewater, Midland Reporter-Telegram

SAWS Pushes for New Water Pipeline, News 4 San Antonio

Lawn Water Management, Alice Echo News Journal

Where’s the Beef? The Drought Is Drying Up the Meat Industry, Consumer Affairs

Water Conservation Incentives On Topic At AgrLife Workshop, Valley Morning Star

Texas Company Markets Waterless Toilet, KSAT

Land Deal Forges Water Study Partnership Between San Antonio, Fair Oaks Ranch, San Antonio Express-News

Water Flows Into Town From Variety Of Sources, Austin American-Statesman

TWDB Takes Public Comment in San Angelo, Go San Angelo

Stage IV Drought Measures Implemented by GBRA on Hydroelectric Lakes, GBRA

Drought Prompts San Marcos To Enact Provision M Habitat Plan, Austin American-Statesman

More Enforcement On Tap For San Marcos, KEYE TV

Nine Desalination and Water Purification Research Projects and Pilot Studies Receive $1.4 Million from the Bureau of Reclamation, US Bureau of Reclamation

HPWD Approves Measure to Monitor and Restrict Water, My FOX Lubbock

City, Lake, State Agency Plan Study of Lake Cherokee, News-Journal

Riparian Restorations on Farms and Ranches in Texas Is Now Available, North Texas e-News

This Week in Texas Water

Monday, 11 August 2014 16:37 Written by

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

Aquifer Plummets, More Pumping Cuts Likely Within Days, San Antonio Express-News

Some See Texas Oil Wells As Water Producers, Houston Chronicle

Looking For Water In the Oil Field, San Antonio Express-News

Thirsty For Investments In Water, Forbes

SAWS Could Become Regional Water Seller, San Antonio Express-News

Pipeline Deal A Necessity For Our Future, San Antonio Express-News

In Texas Panhandle, A Growing Need For A Shallow Lake’s Water, Texas Tribune

Drying Times: Could The Rapidly Depleting Ogallala Aquifer Run Dry? Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

We’re Using Less Water—So Why Are We Paying More For It? Vocativ

Water Board Delays Final Decision Over Marvin Nichols, Texas Tribune

Water Board Calls For More Data On Marvin Nichols Project, Dallas Morning News

Battle Over Land, Water, Denton Record-Chronicle

Weekly Water Report: The Importance Of Watersheds, KSAT

Texas Wetlands Helping To Treat Wastewater, AZ Central

West Dallas Neighbors Fighting City’s Plan To Convert Pond Into Wetland, Dallas Morning News

The ‘P3’ Dilemma: How Effective Are Public-Private Partnerships? Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Legislators Talk Oil, Water And Transportation, Go San Angelo

Fracking Companies Begin Slow Shift To Recycling Wastewater, Dallas Morning News

E. Texas Lakes Being Monitored For Toxin That Sparked Ohio Water Crisis, KOTV

Mexico Cuts Tap To U.S., Country A Year Behind In Water-Sharing Volume, Valley Morning Star

Austin City Council Explores Easing Up ‘Gray Water’ Rules, Time Warner Cable News

City Council Votes To Ban Synthetic Turf & Artificial Grass, CBS DFW

Kerrville Settles Suit Over Failed Well, San Antonio Express-News

Clear Future For Desal On Costal Bend, Some Say, Caller Times

Legislators Want Quick Action On Ike Dike, Houston Chronicle

Aquifer Near Fort Stockton Could Be A Source For San Angelo, Go San Angelo

STW Signs Lease Agreement With City Of Fort Stockton To Recover Brackish Water From The Capitan Reef Brackish Water Aquifer, Wall Street Journal

Brazos River Minnows Added To Endangered Species List; Could Impact Lubbock Water Plan, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

TxDOT Foresees ‘Negligible’ Aquifer Impacts From SH 45 SW, San Marcos Mercury

Wichita Falls Lake Levels Remain Virtually Unchanged, Times Record News

Fall Forecast Brings Rain To North Texas, Dallas Morning News

Rainfall Events Are Encouraging Across Southwest But Drought Persists, Southwest Farm Press

Southwest Drought Stubbornly Hangs On, Southwest Farm Press

Drought Leaves Texans Sweating The Future, CBS News

EAA: Stage 4 Possible By Tuesday, SAWS To Stay At Stage 2, KSAT

TWDB To Hold Public Meeting On Water Funding Rules, Go San Angelo

Lawton Council Eyes Water Line From Texas, News 9

Getting Energy From Oil And Gas Doesn’t Require Using Fresh Groundwater, Says Texas A&M Researcher, TAMU Times

Canadian Company Strikes Deal With LCRA, Buys Texas Rural Water Systems, Austin Business Journal

Lake Texoma’s Water Level Continues To Rise, KXII

The Current Flow Of Water In Amarillo, High Plains Public Radio

Herb Booth: Water Conservation Plan Approved, Dallas Morning News

San Marcos Will Soon Adopt Stage 4 Water Restrictions, My FOX Austin

Fort Worth Water Rates Expected to Increase, Star-Telegram

Wave Of Problems Conspire To Deplete Gulf Oysters, San Antonio Express-News

Texas Conservation Alliance Speaks Out Against Proposed Cedar Ridge Reservoir, KTXS

This Week in Texas Water

Monday, 04 August 2014 16:24 Written by

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

Texas Agencies to Crack Down on Illegal Water Use, Houston Chronicle

Ten Crops That Demand Massive Amounts of Water as Drought Grips West, AccuWeather

Cedar Tree Removal Program to Increase Water Supply Approved, My FOX Austin

Water Security Requires Varied Strategies, San Antonio Express-News

There Will Be No Water By 2040 If We Keep Doing What We’re Doing Today, Catholic Online

Report: World Faces Water Crises by 2040, Aljazeera America

Should Wastewater Utilities Own The Water They Treat After Its Discharged? Water Online

Report: Solar Crucial to Avoid Water-Related Conflict, PV Tech

Ohio Water Crisis a Warning for Texas, Other States, Texas Tribune

Man-Made Wetlands Turn Wastewater Into Tap Water, San Antonio Express-News

White House: Major Costs to Delaying Climate Change Policy, CNN Politics

Texas’ Atlantis Surfaces Beneath Lake Arrowhead, San Antonio Express-News

Parched Cities Watch Wichita Falls Water Experiment, Amarillo Globe-News

Brewing Beer with Less Water While Battling Drought in Texas, State Impact

Texas A&M Group Offers Help With Shale Water Concerns, Texas Tribune

The Q&A: Jim Blackburn, Texas Tribune

M&G Asks to Desalinate Seawater, Corpus Christi Caller Times

Water Levels at Area Lakes Continue to Rise, News Channel 10

Drought Conditions Down Sharply From Last Year, San Antonio Business Journal

Drought Status Improves Across Texas, Southwest Farm Press

Drought Beginning to Ease in East Texas, Lufkin News

Public Sounds Off On Rule Requiring Farmers to Track Water Use, Amarillo Globe-News

Chisholm Trail Water Battle Will Impact Killeen, Killeen Daily Herald

Despite Rains, Water Conservation Still Matters, Bandera County Courier

A Short List of Effective Actions to Conserve Water at Home, National Geographic

Japanese Garden Using Native Plants, Texas Public Radio

Drought Resistant Grass Could Keep Lawns Green, KGNS TV

High Contaminant Average Prompts Letter To San Marcos Water Customers, KXAN

Direct Reuse of Wastewater is Best for Some Texas Towns, Austin American-Statesman

Bipartisan Resistance to New Reservoir Could Leave North Texas Dry, Fort Worth Weekly

Delegation Visits Brownsville Desalination Plant in Search of Answers, Brownsville Herald

Drought Causes Water Ban in Texas,

Statement from Corn Producers Association of Texas on High Plains Water District’s Proposed Rule Revisions, Digital Journal

Local Water Supplies Hit by Trifecta of Issues, Rockwall Herald Banner

Residents Reduce Water Use to Comply with Restrictions, KRISTV

This Week in Texas Water

Monday, 28 July 2014 20:25 Written by

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

Drought Hastens Groundwater Depletion in the Texas Panhandle, National Geographic

Illegal “Straws” Freely Drawing Water from Area Lakes, KXAN

What’s the Hold Up, El Nińo? NOAA

Climate Change Clouds Future of El Niño, State Impact

SAWS Taken to Task on Aquifer Protection, San Antonio Express-News

Groundwater District Blocks Real Estate Developer, Austin American-Statesman

In Big Bend, Battle Looms on Fracking Along the Border, State Impact

The Future of Texas’ Groundwater Supply May Be Precarious, Experts Say, E&E Publishing

NASA Made An Underground Water Map To See Just How Bad The Drought Is, Gizmodo

Texas Border Fracking Standoff: NY Court Ruling May Affect Outcome, Fronteras

Texas and San Antonio Argue Over Who Owns Wastewater, Water Wastewater Management

Mapping the Spread of Drought Across the U.S., New York Times

Drought Monitor Shows Scattered Improvement on Cooler, Wet Weather, Farm Futures

Drought Forces Creative Use of Water, Austin American-Statesman

Travis County Supports Collaborating on Water Issues, Community Impact

SAWS More Than Doubles San Antonio’s Non-Edwards Aquifer Water Supply, KENS 5

Fearing for Beer: Drought Could Threaten All the Stuff That Brewers Depend On, Forth Worth Weekly

Drought, Disease Behind Texas Oysters Shortage, Valley Morning Star

AACOG Hears Proposal for Moderating Water Concerns in Eagle Ford Shale, KSAT 12

SAWS Targets Aug. 12 for Draft Pipeline Pact, San Antonio Express-News

Oil Companies Looking to Cities for Water Needs, CBS 7

Direct Potable Reuse to Provide Cleaner Drinking Water, Houston Chronicle

Perryman: Texas’ Water Worries, OA Online

Texas A&M Producing Handmade Water Filters, KGNS TV

Drinking Water Systems Draw Federal Concerns, KETK

Can Brush Control Program Enhance Water Supplies? Austin American-Statesman

Brush Control Program in Texas Draws Opponents, KVUE

Farmers Battle Texas Drought with Sustainable Farming, KAGS

County Water Suppliers Receive Drought Disaster Relief Grants, San Angelo Live

City OK’s Pioneer Water Deal, OA Online

Corpus Christi Cracks Down on Water Conservation, News Channel 10

Soil Moisture Profiles Still Low, Southwest Farm Press

Rains Give Scant Relief to Lakes in Fast-Growing System, Dallas Morning News

Plano Calls ‘Water Holiday’ to Thank Residents for Conserving, Dallas Morning News

Kaufman Police Enforce Water Restrictions, Kaufman Herald

Graham Looking into Reuse Water, Texoma Homepage

Engineers Plumb Depths of Three Water Solutions, Kilgore News Herald

Texas Water Development Board to Meet in Cleburne on Tuesday, Dallas Morning News

Private Water Well Screening Set for July 30 in Sweetwater, Sweetwater Reporter

Texas Well Owners Network Educational Program to Be Hosted Aug. 7, Victoria Advocate

This Week in Texas Water

Tuesday, 22 July 2014 02:54 Written by

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

Storms Get Headlines, but Drought Is a Sneaky, Devastating Game-Changer, National Geographic

A World Without Water, Financial Times

Storms Get Headlines, but Drought Is a Sneaky, Devastating Game-Changer

New Desalination Plant Could Treat Fracking Water, Texas Tribune

In Texas, Using Fire to Protect and Expand Water Supplies, State Impact

Blackburn: Cost of Water a Key Element in Bay Debate, Houston Chronicle

Denton Could Become First Texas City to Ban Fracking, Fox News

Does Water Conservation Have to be the Enemy of Financial Stability? National Geographic

The Rate at Which Groundwater Reservoirs Are Being Depleted Is Increasing, Phys Org

Experts Say the Threat of Wildfires is Already Above Normal in Western States, Washington Post

Texas Water Well Network, Alice Echo News Journal

NTMWD Cites Three Factors for Water Shortage, Allen American

The High Plains Underground Water District Hosts Public Hearings, KFYO

Water Series: About the Ogallala, Kansas Agland

SAWS Starts Getting Water from Gonzales County, San Antonio Express-News

UTEP Students & Professors Team with NMSU, EPA to Provide Colonia Residents with Drinking Water, El Paso Times

State Seeking Public Input on Conservation Priorities, KETR

Seymour Hooks Up Additional Wells for Water Usage, Texoma Homepage

Schertz-Seguin Pipeline Transporting San Antonio Water, San Antonio Express-News

SAWS Working on Multibillion-Dollar Water Deal, Time Warner Cable News

Pipeline Could Deliver Water Well Beyond 2050, San Antonio Express-News

City Announces Latest Water Conservation Efforts, Corpus Christi Caller Times

New Study Shows Rate of Groundwater Decline Slowing in Texas, State Impact

Wichita Falls Makes 9 Million Dollars Less in Water Revenues, Texoma Homepage

City of Fort Stockton Fined for Unpermitted Export, Sale of Water, News West 9

Amarillo City Councilors Consider Adding Lake Meredith Water in City Water Supply, My High Plains

Recent Rains Not helping Drought or Lakes, My Fox Austin

Eight Reasons the Cost of Water is Rising, Consulting-Specifying Engineer

Carrizo Aquifer Water to Supplement Edwards, San Antonio Express-News

Texas Lawmakers Study Desalination Expansion, San Antonio Express-News

NTMWD in Planning Stages to Gain Better Access to Lake Lavon, Frisco Enterprise

Drought Conditions Mostly Unchanged, Southwest Farm Press

This Week in Texas Water

Tuesday, 15 July 2014 19:15 Written by

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

Water Planners Focus on Bigger Texas, Not a Hotter One, Texas Tribune

State to San Antonio: No, You Can’t Own Your Wastewater, Killeen Daily Herald

SAWS, Wanting to Control Effluent, Runs Into Some Obstacles, San Antonio Express-News

Gov. Perry News Proclamation Extending Drought Emergency, Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Don’t Mess with Texas’ Big Cranes, Houston Chronicle

Texas Water Plans Must Consider Endangered Species, San Antonio Express-News

Recycled Water Now on Tap: Project is First of Its Magnitude in America, Times Record News

The Art of Water Recovery, New York Times

One Man’s Mission to Curb Illegal Dumping of Texas Frack Waste, Inside Climate News

With Edwards Aquifer Dropping Fast, Call on People to Conserve, San Antonio Express-News

Plans to Hire Watermaster Don’t End Disputes over Brazos River Water, Houston Chronicle

Can Mary Rhodes Phase 2 Deliver? KRISTV

LCRA Increases Water Rates, Community Impact

AgriLife Research Study Identifies Contributing Factors to Groundwater Table Declines, AgriLife Today

Permanent Water Relief Comes to Spicewood Beach, KVUE

Desperate Times, Desperate Drilling, News Channel 6

Interior Secretary Pledges $43M for Conservation, SFGate

Water Development Board Continues to Address Texas Drought, Cypress Creek Mirror

New Rules and Measures Battle Invasive Zebra Mussels, Nature World News

Broken Water Line Prompts Conservation Alerts, Houston Chronicle

Falling Lake Levels Trigger Water Conservation Measures, Corpus Christi Caller Times

Mixed Conditions Persist with Texas Weather, Southwest Farm Press

The Source: SAWS Negotiates Big Deal for Piped-In Water, Texas Public Radio

Texas Plant Deploys Promising Technology to Clean Produced Water, NGI’s Shale Daily

SAWS Begins Open and Transparent Negotiation for Largest Non-Edwards Water Deal, San Antonio Water System

NTMWD’s Water Supply Affected by Three Main Factors, North Texas Municipal Water District

Big Spring Cuts Off Water to Customers Outside of Town, CBS 7

State Leaders Urge Continued Water Conservation, San Angelo Live

Water Logic That Won’t Happen: Replace Texas Lawns with Natural Desert Landscaping, Dallas Morning News

Groundwater Decline More Complicated Than Irrigation, Southwest Farm Press

Million Gallons of Sewage Spill into Pflugerville Creek, Austin American-Statesman

U.S. Materials Now Required for Federal Water Projects, Zanesville Times Recorder

Texas Water Development Board Releases Proposed Rule Making, OA Online

This Week in Texas Water

Tuesday, 08 July 2014 21:58 Written by

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

The Last Drop: America’s Breadbasket Faces Dire Water Crisis, NBC News

5th Circuit Reverses District Court Opinion in Victory for Water Suppliers, Killeen Daily Herald

An Expedition on the Disappearing Rio Grande, Texas Tribune

Public Attitudes Toward Water Management and Drought in Texas, Texas Water Journal

Chart: Look How Much Water the Energy Sector Wastes, Green Tech Media

Dowsing: Truth or Trickery? KETK

Dow Chemical’s Water Woes Signal Trouble, Texas Tribune

Cities Losing Money with Drought and Watering Restrictions, CBS DFW

How We Should Pay for Water, New York Times

SAWS’ New Desalination Plant, By the Numbers, Texas Public Radio

Underground Water District Receives $600K Grant for Meters, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

The Q&A: Blair Fitzsimons, Texas Tribune

Lost for 60 Years, Ring Turns Up in Dry Texas Lake, Star-Telegram

Should Austin Conserve More Water? Yes, Task Force Says, Austin American-Statesman

Irrigation Water Helps Restore Native Vegetation to Rio Grande, Fronteras

Capturing Graywater for Plants, San Antonio Express-News

Programs in San Antonio Will Spotlight Watershed Stakeholder Engagement, AgrLife Today

East Texans Join Debate Over Water Rights, KTRE

SAWS Embarks on Plant to Get Salt Out of Water, San Antonio Express-News

In Its Fight with Drought, Wichita Falls Considers Using Chemical for Relief, Killeen Daily Herald

SAWS Enters Negotiations for Water Pipeline, Texas Public Radio

Texas Counties Tackle Cloud Seeding, Texoma’s Homepage

Palestine Lake Water Levels Above Other Lakes: Other East Texas Lakes Below Normal After No Summer Rain, Tyler Morning Telegraph

Sunnyvale Looking at Expensive Tap into the Lake Next Door, Dallas Morning News

Texas Committee Considers Desalination, San Antonio Express-News

Drought Causing Domino Effect on Fish and Wildlife, Texoma’s Homepage

Construction Set to Begin on South Bexar County Desal Plant, San Antonio Business Journal

SAWS Moves Forward on Pipeline, San Antonio Express-News

Wind Farm Developer Proposes Desalination Plant Near South Padre, The Monitor


Water Treatment Plants Battle Zebra Mussels, Denton Record-Chronicle

This Week in Texas Water

Monday, 30 June 2014 17:08 Written by

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

Here’s 5 Challenges to Texas Water That Might Surprise You, State Impact

Increasing Levels of Fracking Increase Risk to Communities, Threaten Wastewater Resources and Human Health, Water Online

Ensuring Sufficient Water Supplies in Texas, Houston Chronicle

Drought Update: California May Only Have Two Years of Water, Other States Not Far Behind, Water Online

Water Sent Through Austin to Downstream Farmers in 2011 Was Three Times What the City Lately Uses in a Year, PolitiFact Texas

Rules to Prevent Spread of Zebra Mussels Now Expanded Statewide, The Observer

Possible Water Restrictions for Central Texas, KEYE

Banyan Water Introduces Banyan Water Bracelet, Fort Mill Times

Officials Lobby for Water Desalination at Hearing, Aransas Pass Progress

Task Force Looks at Ways to Protect City’s Water Supply, KVUE

The Texas Energy Industry Takes Leading Role in Water Conservation, Midland Reporter-Telegram

Despite Its Name, Texas’ Wastewater Is a Valuable Resource, Houston Chronicle

GBRA to Get Federal Money for Water Study, Victoria Advocate

Texas Oks Wastewater Reuse for Wichita Falls, Fort Worth Business Press

Lake Texoma Water Level Up Nearly 2 Feet, KXII

State’s Myriad Issues All Come Back to One Thing: Water, Houston Chronicle

Wetland Water Reuse Project Saving North Texans Millions, CBS DFW

Prop 6 Plans Emerge at Hearing, Dallas Morning News

Experts Offer Grim Outlook for Wichita Falls Drought Relief, WFAA

LCRA Imposes Drought Rates, Austin American-Statesman

First-Of-Its-Kind Desalination Plant Unveiled in Texas, Water Online

This Week in Texas Water

Tuesday, 24 June 2014 20:20 Written by

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

Water Restrictions Don’t Apply to Fracking Operations in Most North Texas Cities, KHOU

A Push for New Look into Tainted Water’s Source, New York Times

Texas Among Nation’s Worst Water Polluters, My High Plains

Water: The Price Is Wrong, Huffington Post

Proposed New Rules Shed Light on Future Water Projects, Texas Tribune

Water Conservation Legislation Needed, San Antonio Express-News

What Will Hundreds of Water Tests Reveal About Drilling in Texas? State Impact

As Texas Shakes and Regulators Stall, Midland Will Have Its Water and Frack Too, Dallas Observer

Battling Over the Brazos, Dallas Morning News

Cost of Desalination Dominates Water Panel Hearings, Amarillo Globe-News

Recent Rains Help, But Most of Texas Is Still Very Thirsty, TAMU Times

The Q&A: Martin Rochelle, Texas Tribune

Committee Wants Answers on Desal Costs, Caller Times

El Niño May Not Be As Robust As Expected, Southwest Farm Press

How Wasted Gas From Drilling Could Save Millions of Gallons of Texas Water, State Impact

Draft Rules for Texas Water Infrastructure Projects Released, Austin Business Journal

El Paso Jumps Into Fight Over Rio Grande Water, El Paso Times

Task Force Mulls Pulling Drinking Water from Lady Bird Lake, Other Sources, Time Warner Cable News

Proper Water Management Key to Preserving Supply, Austin American-Statesman

Water Group Ready to Defend Response, Daily Tribune

Two Proposals Identified for Flood Control Along Cypress Creek, Community Impact

State Loan Boosts Efforts for Local Water Conservation Facility, Amarillo Globe-News

Harvesting Rainwater Is An Option, Tyler Morning Telegraph

Saving Water, One House at a Time, Austin Chronicle

Heavy Rain Brings Flash flooding to Parts of North Texas, WFAA

Texas Gas Town Considers Banning Fracking, Daily Astorian

LCRA Raises Water Rates for Some Customers, State Impact

Wellborn Water Violations Spark Concern with Residents, KBTX

New Water Well Unlikely to Solve Barnhart’s Water Supply Problems, San Angelo Live

This Week in Texas Water

Tuesday, 17 June 2014 17:07 Written by

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

Summer Heat Begins: Water Conservation Tips, Bexar Witness

A Texas-Sized Climate Crisis: Water Wars Break Out Across State, Salon

Lawmakers Spotlight Massive Texas-New Mexico Water Dispute, Las Cruces Sun News

Underground and Under Scrutiny, A Changing State Increasingly Turns to Groundwater, Texas Water Resources Institute

Regional Plan Provides Regional Solutions, Edwards Aquifer Water Conservation Plan Gets Help from WCTC, Texas Water Resources Institute

Is It Time for Texas to Welcome ASR? Texas Weights the Cost and Advantages of Aquifer Storage and Recovery, Texas Water Resources Institute

Everybody is Talking About It, Is Brackish Groundwater the Most Promising ‘New’ Water? Texas Water Resources Institute

Texas Groundwater Administration, Intersection of Management and Planning Presents Challenges, Texas Water Resources Institute

Protect Our Land, Protect Our Water: Rural Conservation Ensures Cities’ Water Supplies, Benefits Landowners, Texas Water Resources Institute

Texas Well Owner Network, Resources Help Landowners Protect Groundwater, Texas Water Resources Institute

El Niño Could Make U.S. Weather More Extreme During 2014, Scientific American

Red River Begins to Flow Again, Texoma’s Homepage

Farmers Cope with Drought as Texas-New Mexico Fight Over Rio Grande Water, KHOU

Central Texas Water Woes Could be Worse – At Least It’s Clean, Austin American-Statesman

Texas Crop, Weather: Drought Recedes a Little, But Many Reservoirs Remain Critically Low, Leon County Today

Water is Top Priority for FY 2014-15, Go San Angelo

Water Woes Force Big Brewers to Tighten the Tap, Fresno Bee

As Highland Lakes Near Record Low, Will They Ever Fill Again? State Impact

Texas Needs Strong, Consistent Conservation Efforts, Dallas Morning News

Why the Texas Supreme Court May Hear Legal Fight Over San Angelo’s Water, San Angelo Live

Report: Water Not Tasty, But Drinkable, Go San Angelo

Editorial” The ‘New Normal’ for North Texas Water Use, Dallas Morning News

River Water Scare Prompts Push for Real-Time Data, Valley Morning Star

Legislators Look to Desalination to Solve Water Woes, Amarillo Globe-News

Elsa Secures $1.3 Million Loan for Water Pipeline, The Monitor

Desalination Pilot Study Gets Underway, KRISTV

Agreement Ends Lawsuit Over Northwest Austin Water Plant, Austin American-Statesman

City Mulls Water Pipeline Project for Halliburton, Industrial Development, OA Online

Water Options Limited for SpaceX, Valley Morning Star

7 of 13 Cities Already Meet New Limits on Water Usage, Dallas Morning News

Council: City Aims to Seal Stormwater Deal, Go San Angelo

North Texas Municipal Water District Expresses Thanks for Legislation Providing Exemption to Federal Lacey Act, Blue Ribbon News

The Museum Reach: Flood Control Disguised As a Park, Texas Public Radio

Rain Brings Tons of Trash to San Antonio River, News 4

Water Conservation No Joke in Little Elm, Little Elm Journal

City Council Bringing Back Water Conservation Rebate, KSN

Would You Drink Water from Cow Poop? Fiscal Times

Lavon Water District to Reconsider Fire Hydrant Locks, Dallas Morning News

This Week in Texas Water

Tuesday, 10 June 2014 03:21 Written by

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

Scientists: Tests Prove Fracking to Blame for Flaming Texas Wells, KHOU

Scientists: Fracking Polluted Texas Family’s Drinking Water, Earthworks

Texas Homeowner Vents Methane from Water Well, Sets It on Fire, MSNBC

Will Texas’ New GOP State Senators Leave the State High and Dry? Star-Telegram

Is It Time for Texas to Welcome ASR? Texas Weighs the Cost and Advantages of Aquifer Storage and Recovery, Texas Water Resources Institute

Texas Among Fastest-Warming States, Climate Data Shows, Dallas Morning News

Rainwater Harvesting ‘Soaking In’ as Way to Conserve Texas’ Water Resources, Phys Org

Water Woes: Drawn Away, Denton Record-Chronicle

Lawmakers Hear Progress on Water Projects, Time Warner Cable News

The Q&A: Jordan Furnans, Texas Tribune

GBRA Lawsuit over SAWS Water Dismissed, San Antonio Express-News

NBU, GBRA Set for Reuse Debate, New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Drilling May Have Drained Tarrant County Lake, CBS DFW

‘Regional Carrizo’ Helping with Drought, San Antonio Express-News

How to Reuse Grey Water in the Home and Yard, Tree Hugger

El Niño 70% Likely to Arrive in Summer, Says US Weather Forecaster, Guardian

Texas Dairies Meeting the Challenge of Feeding the Planet While Saving Its Water, Gilmer Mirror

Is a Sizzling Summer in Texas’ Forecast? Time Warner Cable News

State Updates Tomball Officials on Its Financing Plans for Water Projects, Houston Chronicle

Texas Lawmakers Ironing Out Water Fund, KEYE

Is Desalination Texas’ Water Future? KXAN

Rainfall Offers Hope and Short-Term Relief, Southwest Farm Press

Water Experts Optimistic About Ogallala’s Ability to Recharge, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Legal Ruling Keeps Water Flowing to Estuaries, San Antonio Business Journal

Committee Urges Austin Water Utility: Cut Costs, Consider Drought Fee, Austin American-Statesman

Group Fights for Local Control of Water, Time Warner Cable News

Have a Glass of ‘Purified’ Water, El Paso Inc

Council Considers Conservation vs. Water Sales, Go San Angelo

Study Finds Parts of Kerr and Kendall Counties Need More Water to Keep Up with Growth, KENS 5

City in Stormwater Limbo, Go San Angelo

State of Water: Texans Learning to Live with Water Scarcity, Caller

Could Hurricane Season be Answer to Texas Drought? Time Warner Cable News

Water Conservation at Top of Government’s Agenda in the Panhandle, Connect Amarillo

Drought Takes Its Toll on the Plains and the Gulf, High Plains Public Radio

Drought Is Becoming a Problem for the Economy, Business Insider