This Week in Texas Water

Monday, 20 October 2014 15:30 Written by

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

Pentagon Says Global Warming Increases Terrorism Threat, Dallas Morning News

The Risks of Cheap Water, New York Times

These Cities Are Using Smart Tactics to Manage Water for the Future, Next City

What do Wildfires Have to Do With Climate Change? Phys Org

This Is How Much Water It Takes To Make Your Favorite Foods, Huffington Post

U.S. Water Systems, Deteriorated and Slow to Change, Need New Strategy – And Money, Circle of Blue

How NASA Measures Earth’s Water From Space, Al Jazeera America

While Drought Persists in Texas, Conservation Pays Off in El Paso, Newspaper Tree

No Water: Not a Matter of Whether, But When, High Plains Journal

Do We Need a New ‘Environmental Impact’ Label for Beef? Texas Public Radio

Drought May Cause Long Term Effects on Ecosystem, Texoma’s Homepage

When Climate Change Comes After Even the Most Common Species, PBS News Hour

Rains in October Ahead of Schedule, Star-Telegram

Despite Drought, Texas Pecan Season Shaping Up to Be Pretty Sweet, KWBU

Texas PBS Stations Provide In-Depth Look at How Texas Copes With Water Shortages, Newspaper Tree

Whole Foods to Roll Out Rankings for Produce, Seattle Pi

U.S. Winter Outlook Calls for Cooler, Wetter Weather for Texas, Click 2 Houston

El Niño Versus the Polar Vortex: Which Will Rule Winter? Mother Nature Network

Waste Less, Pollute Less: A Guide to Reduce Urban Water Use, Water Technology

Council United on SAWS-Vista Ridge Water Deal, Rivard Report

Vista Ridge Project Crucial for San Antonio, San Antonio Express-News

Vista Ridge Will Secure San Antonio Water Supply, San Antonio Express-News

Harris County Seeks Accounting for Decades of Pollution, Texas Tribune

City Acts to Protect Bracken Cave’s Bat Colony, Rivard Report

Bracken Bat Cave Would Save More Than Bats, San Antonio Current

City Approves Deal to Prevent Development Near Bracken Cave, San Antonio Express-News

Conversation: Grant Ellis and the Backbone of Aquifer Protection, Rivard Report

San Antonio to Implement Low-Impact Development Movement, KSAT

Sasser: Wetlands Project Should Benefit Water Quality and Hunting, Dallas Morning News

As Drought Continues, Boat Ramps Close on Area Lakes, Star-Telegram

Water Project Seals Off Work Around Drilling Area, Valley Morning Star

Victoria Reduces Drought Restrictions to Stage 2, Victoria Advocate

This Week in Texas Water

Monday, 13 October 2014 07:28 Written by

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

Despite the Promise of El Niño, Drought Lingers in North Texas, Dallas Morning News

It’s Time for America to Talk About the Price of Water, Huffington Post

It’s High Time to Overhaul Water Pricing, Triple Pundit                                              

Texans Coming to Grips with Rising Water Costs, Texas Tribune

The Real Relationship Between Conservation and Rising Water Rates, National Geographic

In Texas, a Fight Over Fracking, New York Times

Study: Texas Farmland Shrinking Drastically, Battalion Online

The Q&A: Ron Nirenberg, Texas Tribune

NASA Is Studying How to Mine the Moon for Water,

Energy Efficiency Advocates Optimistic About PACE Program, Texas Tribune

Small Texas Towns Wrestle with Water Woes, Midland Reporter-Telegram

Weighing the Costs of Water Security or Doing Nothing, Rivard Report

Sitton: Energy Industry Should Look at Water, News-Journal

Hampton: How to Handle Two Big Texas Problems, Herald Zeitung

Environmental Summit Puts Focus on Water, The Monitor

El Niño Still Expected, But Will It Help? KXAN

V.V. Water Company Supplies 13 Texas Counties with Water Supplies, Eagle Ford Texas

Reservoir Plan to Be Focus of Contested Case Hearing, Texas Tribune

Yes, We Are Still in the Midst of a Drought, and It Is Still Exceptional, Front Burner

5 Water Saving Bathroom Devices You Can Install Yourself, Gizmodo

Can Drones Help Our Drought? KFBK

Whooping Cranes Fly South to Increased Refuge Area, Northern Journal

Endangered Plant Gets a Helping Hand, San Antonio-Express News

Nirenberg Saves the Bats, San Antonio Express-News

Deal Could Pipe Billions of Gallons of Brazos Valley Water to San Antonio, KBTX

The Source: Big Water Deal Expects Big Public Hearing Tonight, Texas Public Radio

Residents Ask for More Time on Controversial Pipeline, Texas Tribune

Proposed Water Pipeline Project Draws Controversy, KSAT

Deal Could Pipe Billions of Gallons of Brazos Valley Water to San Antonio, KBTX

Texas Cattle Industry Hurt by Drought, My High Plains

Council to Hear Debate Wednesday on SAWS Pipeline, San Antonio Express-News

Opponents Vow to Shut Down Ambitious San Antonio Water Deal, WOAI

New Desal Project in Central Texas Will Be Largest Inland Plant in U.S., Engineering News-Record

Audience Split Over Vista Ridge Pipeline Project, San Antonio Express-News

Caolition Builds Deal to Buy, Preserve 1,500 Acres Near Famed Bat Cave, San Antonio Express-News

SA’s Texas Water Exchange is First of Its Kind in Western Hemisphere, KSAT

SAWS Board to Consider Tweaks to Pipeline Deal, San Antonio Express-News

Infested Barge Tied to Lake Waco Zebra Mussel Outbreak, Waco Trib

Waco Officials Will Try to Smother Invasive Zebra Mussels, Waco Trib

Farmers Branch Files Complaint Against Addison Over Water Flow Through Creek, Dallas Morning News

Groundwater Level Declines Continue to Cause Land Elevation Loss in Houston-Galveston Region, Your Houston News

State of Texas Depends on Lubbock Agriculture, Daily Toreador

Despite Recent Relief from Rain, Lubbock Still in Long-Term Drought, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Lake Kemp Could Add Two More Years to Wichita Falls Water Supply, Texoma’s Homepage

CRMWA Pauses Meredit Pumping, Amarillo Globe-News

Recent Rains Elude Water-Needy Mineral Wells, WFAA

Texas Water District Upgrades Meter Reading System with Advanced Technology, Water World

Pipeline Leaks Brine in Lake Sakakawea Tributary, Brownsville Herald

This Week in Texas Water

Monday, 06 October 2014 05:02 Written by

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

The Trouble with Y’all Moving to Texas, CNN

When Can a Bit Storm or Drought Be Blamed on Climate Change? State Impact

Feud Over Water Well Leads to Stabbing with Sword, KHOU

Eric Johnson: No Matter the Cause, Texas Must Prepare for Climate Change, Dallas Morning News

New Report Highlights USA’s Water-Supply Woes, USA Today

15-Year Net Loss in Texas Farms, Ranches, and Forests Exceeds 1 Million Acres, Your Houston News

Texas Lost Over 1 Million Acres of Private Farm and Ranch Land in 15 Years, State Impact

Foster: Water Solutions Sought Across the West, News-Journal

Texas Gas Drillers Agree with New York Attorney General to Report Risks, Huffington Post

Small Towns Wrestle with Lengths They’ll Go for Water, Texas Tribune

Vexed by Earthquakes, Texas Calls in a Scientist, News-Journal

To Protect Aquifer, Some Farmers to Get Paid Not to Irrigate in 2015, San Antonio Express-News

Could You Live on Just 4 Liters of Water Per Day? Tree Hugger

Mysterious Water Well Unearthed in North Texas, Washington Times

Water Officials Battle Overpumping Irrigators, San Antonio Express-News

Cash Incentives for Farmers to Save Water, News 4 San Antonio

EAA to Pay Millions As Incentive to Reduce Pumping, KSAT 12

Climate Change Could Increase Global Fresh Water: MIT Research Finds, Raw Story

Must Water Be an Evaporating Asset? Green Biz

Wet, Wild Monsoon Season Ends in Southwest, San Antonio Express-News

Sourcewater Builds an Ebay for Recycling Fracking Water, Xconomy

Drought Creeps Back Into the Southern Plains, Drovers Cattle Network

San Antonio a Step Closer to Controversial Pipeline, Texas Tribune

Regional Pipeline Partnership Should be Texas Model, San Antonio Express-News

SAWS Board Sends Vista Ridge Water Deal to City Council, Rivard Report

SAWS Board Endorses 142-Mile Pipeline, San Antonio Express-News

The Hydro-Cultural Reasons Behind Austin’s Resistance to a San Antonio-like Water Deal, Austin American-Statesman

Water Reuse Project Halfway Through Approved Six Month Period, Texoma’s Homepage

Zebra Mussels Found in Lake Waco, Threatening Water Supply, Dallas Morning News

September 2014 Driest on Record in DFW, Star-Telegram

Lubbock Eases Water Restrictions, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Algae Bloom Blamed for Fish Deaths in Round Rock Lake, KXAN

McAllen Approves Water Rate Hike, The Monitor

Registration Begins for Domestic Water Wells, Fox 34

City to Seriously Explore Desalination Plant, Alice 24-7

Lake JB Thomas At Highest Level in Over 30 Years, Permian Basin 360

Outdoor Watering Ban Begins in Mineral Wells, Mineral Wells Index

PKWSC Moving Ahead with Installing Pumps in PK Lake, Lake Country Sun News

This Week in Texas Water

Monday, 29 September 2014 19:16 Written by

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

Vexed by Earthquakes, Texas Calls in a Scientist, Houston Chronicle

White House Asked to Intervene in Water Dispute, Austin American-Statesman

Rising West Texas Lake Levels Have Residents Rejoicing, KTXS 12

The Q&A: Jennifer Walker, Texas Tribune

Is Austin Running Out of Water? Austin Post

Texas’ Last ‘Truly Clean’ Water Source Not Immune to Drought, Pumping, KSAT 12

Fewer Atlantic Hurricanes Bode Well for an El Niño Winter, State Impact

El Niño Forecast to Help Texas Out of Drought, San Antonio Express-News

The Lowdown on the Elusive el Niño, Southwest Farm Press

Well Water May Contain Earthquake Warning Signs, Yahoo News

Drought Hits Towns Hard; Days from Being Without Water, WFAA

Ogallala Continues to be Taped Despite Forecasts, San Antonio Express-News

EPA Backs Texas Disposal Well Plan, Texas Tribune

Reservoir Plan to Be Focus of Contested Case Hearing, Texas Tribune

San Antonio May Spend $3.3 Billion on Water, Water Online

SAWS Faces Crucial Vote on Pipeline Monday, San Antonio Express-News        

SAWS Chairman Rebuffs Call for Delay on Pipeline, San Antonio Express-News

SAWS Presents Deal for Non-Edwards Supply, KSAT 12

SAWS Board to Vote on Water Deal, UTSA Panel to Follow, Rivard Report

The Source: Details of a Big Water Deal, Texas Public Radio

Mysterious Water Well Unearthed in Erath County, Star-Telegram

Summer’s Drought Took Aim at Reptiles and Amphibians, San Antonio Express-News

Scientists Dive in to Shore Up Protected Salamander, San Antonio Express-News

BBQ Squeeze: Sky-High U.S. Meat Prices Will Continue, USDA Says

Abilene City Council Looks into Regulations for Non-potable Water Usage, KTXS 12

Fannin County Reservoir Project Goes Before TCEQ This Week, Dallas Morning News

One Texoma Lake Hits Record Low Level, KTEN

Keene Chamber Drinks Up Water Message, Cleburne Times-Review

City Studying Options for Future Water Needs, San Antonio Express-News

Flooding Continues to Plague Central El Paso, EPWU Working on Problem, El Paso Times

Plans for Wastewater Plant Expansion Draw Suspicion in Weslaco, The Monitor

Plano Flushes Double Amount of Water Than Usual, CBS DFW

This Week in Texas Water

Tuesday, 23 September 2014 16:26 Written by

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

More Drought Forecast Next Year Across West: Weather Service, NBC News

Texas Drinking Water Tainted by Natural Gas Operations, Scientists Find, Dallas Morning News

Drillers, but Not Fracking, Tied to Tainted Water, Texas Tribune

At “Kumbaya” Meeting, New Colorado River Plan Passes, Texas Tribune

Fracking Absolved of Blame Elsewhere, but in Pavillion It’s Not So Simple, Billings Gazette

Industry Must Cut Flaring, Conserve Water, Marathon Oil CEO Says, NGI’s Shale Daily

Group Calls for Obama’s Intervention Regarding Water, Brownsville Herald

What Water’s Worth, Daily Star

New LCRA Plan Protects Central Texas Cities, Austin American-Statesman

LCRA Action Could Reduce Water Impacts to Rice Growers, Southwest Farm Press

At “Kumbaya” Meeting, New Colorado River Plan Passes, Texas Tribune

Key Decisions, Scrutiny Await Water Pipeline Project, San Antonio Express-News

SAWS Says It Has a Deal to Import Water from 140 Miles Away, San Antonio Express-News

SAWS to Tap 16 Billion Gallons from Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer, San Antonio Express-News

Marisa Márquez: Texans Should Conserve Water, El Paso Times

Texas: The Breath of Hell, GWI Desalination

San Antonio Can Foretell How Bad a Flood Will Be, San Antonio Express-News

Historic Drought Far From Over, My FOX Austin

It Will Take an Insane Amount of Rain Before the Highland Lakes Recover, State Impact

Despite Some Rain, Drought Still Grips Texas Towns, State Impact

Rain Pounds Texas: A Sign the Drought Is Ending? Los Angeles Times

Heavy Rain and Flash Flooding Hit the Southwest, ABC 7

While Rain Falls, Drought Continues West of Fort Worth, Star-Telegram

Lone Star State’s Randers Look to Rebuild Their Herds, Houston Chronicle

Record High Prices for Ground Beef, KTRH News Radio

LCRA Approves Plan for New Reservoir, KVUE

Rural Water Authority Addressing Texas Drought Through Conservation, San Antonio Business Journal

Extremes Plague South Texas Cropland in 2014, Southwest Farm Press

2060: SA Looks Forward, Protects Drinking Water, San Antonio Current

Southeast Texas Water Supplies Runneth Over, The Record

Water Rates to Increase in Tyler, KLTV

Bodies of Water Deemed Below Standard for Recreational Use, Tyler Morning Telegraph

Monarch Utilities, City of Kyle Reach Agreement on Water Rate Increases, Community Impact

City of Graham Expedites Strategies for Alternate Water Source, Graham Leader

Wichita Falls Working on Adding UV Disinfection to Reuse Project, Texoma’s Homepage

Raymondville Officials Plan to Drill Well As Alternative Water Source, Valley Morning Star

No Easy Fix to Balance Utility Rates, Needs in Corpus Christi, Caller Times

Mineral Wells Council Votes to Prohibit All Outdoor Watering, CBS DFW

New Water Meters Coming to Laredo, KGNS TV

Over 3,000 Citations Handed Out for Water Waste This Year, KSAT

Abilene Moves Ahead to Get Brazos Water, Lake Country Sun News

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