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This Week in Texas Water

Monday, 21 April 2014 19:47 Written by

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

The Drought Hitting 40 Percent of the Entire Country, in 5 Maps, Washington Post

What the Devastating Droughts in California and Texas Look Like When Graphed, The Wire

Our Desired Future: Inspiring Texans to Keep Water Flowing for Future Generations, IndieGogo

How Big is Your Water Footprint? Mother Earth News

Brazos Watermaster Hotly Contested, Texas Tribune

$2 Billion Question; Panel Asking Who Gets First Dibs on Water Funds, WaterWorld

State Website Predicts Water Needs in Texas Communities, Valley Morning Star

Lakes Travis and Buchanan Could Fall to Lowest Levels Ever If Drought Continues, LCRA

LCRA Asks State for $250 Million Loan to Build Reservoir, Austin American-Statesman

Key State Senator Threatens Future of Downriver LCRA Reservoir, Austin American-Statesman

Group Readies for Reservoir Dispute, News-Journal

TRWD Sees Future Need for Controversial Reservoir, Fort Worth Business Press

List of Texas Public Water Systems Limiting Water Use to Avoid Shortages, TCEQ

West Texas Lakes Almost Tapped Out, The Eagle

Ballinger Gets $10.5 Million for Water Alternatives, Go San Angelo

Corps of Engineers’ Report Says $529 Million Must be Spent Moving Trinity River, Addressing Flood Risks, Dallas Morning News

Experts Investigate Water Desalination, Amarillo Globe-News

Wichita Falls Looks for Other Sources of Water, Star-Telegram

San Marcos State 3 Water Restrictions Begin Sunday, KLBJ News

State Law Flushes 9 Million Gallons of Water Annually in Lubbock, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

New Braunfels Enters State 3 Water Restrictions, News 4 San Antonio

Major West Texas Lake Could Become Multi-Million-Dollar Mud Hole, San Antonio Express-News

Officials Hope $10 Million Water Project Will Spur Growth in South Dallas County, Dallas Morning News

“Sometimes Island” Looking More Like “Always Peninsula,” KVUE

Stage 4 Water Restrictions Becoming More Likely, Rockwall Herald Banner

Feds to Release Water from Santa Rosa Dam, KOB 4

Schools Battle Water Woes, Amarillo Globe-News

This Week in Texas Water

Monday, 14 April 2014 18:18 Written by

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

Questions Persist as LCRA Seeks to Capture Water East of Austin, Austin American-Statesman

Drought Now Affecting Two Thirds of Texas, Houston Chronicle

Scientists Raise Odds of El Niño This Year to at Least 70%, Mashable

Fort Worth Council Oks Permanent Watering Restrictions, Star-Telegram

Drought Forces Another Cut in Pumping from Edwards Aquifer, San Antonio Express-News

Digging Up Old Drilling Logs to Strike Not Oil, but Water, New York Times

Drought Prompts Rice Farmers to Try New Crops, Austin American-Statesman

UC Geographers Develop a System to Track the Dynamics of Drought, Phys Org

More Pumping Cuts as Edwards Aquifer Drops, San Antonio Express-News

Fear of Russia, Fear of Fracking, Wichita Eagle

48 Texas Cities Facing Water Shortages, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

The Q&A: Robert Cullick, Texas Tribune

Texas Cotton Desert Boosting Costs for Makers of Clothing, Bloomberg

LCRA Discusses Rate Increases for All Water Customers, Community Impact

Nailing Down a Water Supply for Bastrop, Austin American-Statesman

City Manager Speaks on Oil and Water, San Angelo Standard-Times

Drought Coming Back Strong in Hill Country, Austin American-Statesman

Corpus Christi City Officials Want to Study Desalination, Caller

Water, Reuse Plant Draw Council Attention Tuesday, Brownwood Bulletin

Mired in Debt, Water District 3 Overhauls Boardroom, The Monitor

Water Use Sinking, Rates Rising: Austin Water Officials Agree Something’s Got to Give, Austin Chronicle

New Direction for Water Solutions, Star-Telegram

Current Drought Conditions in Texas and the United States, Freese and Nichols

Conservatives Clash with G.O.P. Leaders on Hood County Water Needs, New York Times

North Texas City Awaits Word on Wastewater Re-use, San Antonio Express News

Council to Focus on City’s Water Issues, San Angelo Standard-Times

Growing Concern Surrounds Low Water at North Texas Lakes, WFAA

Texas Drought Causing Spikes at the Store, My Fox Houston

McKinney Stays Under State 3 Water Restrictions, McKinney Courier-Gazette

Drought Conditions Improve but Some Areas Worsening, Southwest Farm Press

Spring Rains Can’t Stop the Drought as North Texas Tightens Water Restrictions, Dallas Business Journal

Here’s Why Cotton Dust in West Texas Could Raise the Price of Underwear, Blue Jeans, Dallas Morning News

San Marcos Will Go Back to State 3 Water Restrictions, KXAN

This Week in Texas Water

Monday, 07 April 2014 22:39 Written by

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

Whether County Approval is Necessary for Any Purchase of Groundwater by the Red River Authority in a County Not in the Jurisdiction of a Groundwater Conservation District, Opinion Committee, Texas Attorney General

Hunter to Head Key Committee to Study Desalination, KRISTV

With Fracking Sites in Central Texas, Water Could Become Greater Issue for Thirsty Cities, Austin American-Statesman

Hays County Denied Attorney General Opinion on Water Deal, Austin American-Statesman

Texas Hoping for Edge over New Mexico in Water Battle, Texas Tribune

Bastrop: Where to Get Water, Austin American-Statesman

Water Recycling Firms Set Up in Eagle Ford, San Antonio Express News

State to Study Desalination of Gulf Water as Viable Option in Face of Drought, Houston Chronicle

Texas Water Development Board Launches Interactive 2012 State Water Plan Website, Water News

Right Water Use Urged, Go San Angelo

The Rio Grande is Disappearing, Rivard Report

Liquid Assets: Impact Investing in the Water Sector, MaxImpact

Fort Worth Delays Vote on Permanent Water Restrictions, Star Telegram

Hickory Water Blending Ok’d, Go San Angelo

Wichita Falls’ Mayor Talks About Water Issues with Corpus Christi Leaders, Caller

Making the Most of Texas SWIFT Water Rescue, Austin American-Statesman

How to Counter the Costs of Desalination, KRISTV

Surprising Costs Imposed by Drought, Texas Comptroller

What Happens When Your Renewable Water Source Doesn’t Renew? Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Drought Coming Back Strong in Hill Country, Austin American-Statesman

Stage 3 Restrictions to Remain Through April, Dallas Morning News

An Aggie’s Quest to Quench the Thirsts of People in Need, KBTX

This is the Way the World Ends: Once-a-Millennium Drought a Wakeup Call for America, Salon

This Texas Man is Fighting the Drought One Tank of Rainwater at a Time, Grist

Ag Commissioner: Water Shortage a Major Issue for Texas, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Let’s Ditch the Lawns to Save Water, San Antonio Express-News

State Leaders Raise Water Conservation Awareness, My High Plains

Officials: State 4 Water Restrictions a Possibility, Community Impact

Drought Conditions Worsen for Most of Texas, Southwest Farm Press

Lake Levels Cause Concern, Denton Record-Chronicle

Brazos River Authority Goes to Stage 2 Drought Conservation, Weatherford Democrat

The High Cost of San Antonio’s North-South Water Divide, Rivard Report

Food Costs Jump to 10-Month High as Weather Hurts Beef to Wheat, Bloomberg

Larger Areas of Texas Fall into Severe Drought, News-Journal

Stage 3 Restrictions Returning, New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Drought Threatens Texas Rice Farmers’ Futures, News Journal

 

This Week in Texas Water

Monday, 31 March 2014 18:40 Written by

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

Water Rights: Board Discusses Mexico’s Deficit, Solutions to Shortage, Valley Morning Star

Meeting Gives Positive Water Reviews, Graham Leader News

Worsening Drought Exposes Host of Other Problems for Lake Texoma Residents, State Impact

Work to Begin on Pipeline Bringing East Texas Water to Fort Worth, Tyler Morning Telegraph

Forestar Files Suit Against Groundwater District, Elgin Courier

Hays County Commissioners Postpone Decision on Water Group Membership, Community Impact Newspaper

Poll Reports Texans See Restoring Wetlands as Crucial, Houston Chronicle

Decreased Water Usage in Raymondville May Lead to Budget Cuts, Valley Morning Star

Water Development Board Report Shows Drought Intensifying in Texoma, KFDX 3

Balkanization of Texas Water Must End, San Antonio Express News

To Desal or Not to Desal Not Really the Question, San Antonio Express News

Mexico Water Debt Reaches 860,000 Acre Feet, Brownsville Herald

Mexico to Invest US$23bn in Water Projects, BN Americas

Hickory Water Relief Within Sight for San Angelo, San Angelo Live

Straus Makes Appointments to Four Water Committees, Texas House of Representatives

City to Build $3.8M Desalination Plant to Ease Shortage, Valley Morning Star

Growth Tests San Antonio’s Conservation Culture, New York Times

VV Water Sends Time-Sensitive Water Proposal to City of San Angelo, San Angelo Live

A Texan Tragedy: Ample Oil, No Water, The Guardian

Lack of Water Threatens Rice Farmers, Houston Chronicle

Reservoir Could Supply Southeast Texas with Water for 5 Years, Beaumont Enterprise

Dust Storms Generate Concern for Dust Bowl Conditions, Southwest Farm Press

Texans Try to Cope with Lingering Hangover from Record Drought, ClimateWire

Rain Helps but Aquifer Still Low, San Antonio Express News

Tumbleweeds Plague Drought-Stricken American West, Thomson Reuters Foundation

$613m for Desalination Plant, No Water Ordered, The Age

Dry, Windy Conditions Have Some Texas Farmers Talking Dust Bowl, Houston Chronicle

This Week in Texas Water

Monday, 24 March 2014 18:43 Written by

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

Fort Worth Watering Restrictions Will Likely Become Permanent, Star-Telegram

Bulk Water: A Comparison, Jacksboro Newspapers

Bowie Drought Contingency Plan, News Channel 6

Invasive Zebra Mussels May Have Finally Met Their Match, State Impact

LCRA Moving Ahead with New Reservoir, LCRA

Headwaters to State: Hands Off Our Water, Kerrville Daily Times

City of Canyon’s Plans to Conserve Water, News Channel 10

SAWS’ ‘Bubble’ is Big News for Texas, San Antonio Express-News

Next 3 Months ‘Huge’ in Preventing Brutal Texas Summer, State Impact

Price Water for What It’s Worth, San Antonio Express-News

Southern Plains Drought Outlook Summary, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

SAWS Begins Work on $300M Desalination Plant in Bexar County, Bexar Witness

$2.3 Billion Pipeline Will Provide for North Texas’ Water Needs for Years to Come, Star-Telegram

New Reservoir Could Bring Rate Hikes to Central Texans, KXAN

Lake Inflow Numbers are Lowest Region Has Seen in Nearly 60 Years, KXAN

New LCRA Head Wilson Cleans House, The Highlander

Watching Our Water: It Will Take the Whole Community, Go San Angelo

Natural Gas Leak Concerns in Walker County Community, CBS 42

Water Shortages May Lead to Smaller Farms, Valley Morning Star

Tumbleweeds Pose Increasing Danger in Southwest, TMJ 4

Lake Texoma Down 10 Feet – Lowest in Decades, Water News

Some West Texas Counties Could Run Out of Water in 90 Days, WVUE New Orleans

Officials: Lake Ivie Will be Dry by November If No Rain, San Angelo Live

More Texas and N.M. Counties to Get Disaster Aid, Southwest Farm Press

Water District Approves $92.9 Million Pipeline Contract, Star-Telegram

Weather Continues to Bedevil Texas Crops, Southwest Farm Press

Water Utilities, Elected Officials Learn from SAWS, KSAT

Tension Expected at Texas, New Mexico Water Meeting, NBC DFW

Drying Up: Are Tougher Water Rules on Tap for North Texas? Dallas Business Journal

Tensions over Rio Grande Escalate with Drought, Denver Post

High Plains Drought Worsens, My High Plains

AgriLife Research Study: Distinct Geographical Pattern in Texas’ Ogallala Aquifer Water Quality, AgriLife Today

Mineral Wells Moving to State III of Drought Plan April 1, Lake Country Sun News

Spring May Bring Midwest Flooding, Worsening of Southwest Drought, Mashable

Mapped: Groundwater Contamination in Texas, State Impact

DFW Still Needs Rain Despite Earlier Downpours, Star-Telegram

This Week in Texas Water

Monday, 17 March 2014 18:24 Written by

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

Local Geology Professor Debates SAWS’ Desalination Project, Pleasanton Express

A Water Revolution for the Thirsty West, Wall Street Journal

A Tale of Two Droughts in Two States – Or Is It Really One ‘Megadrought?’ Texas Climate News

West’s Drought and Growth Intensify Conflict Over Water Rights, New York Times

City Leaders to Mark Progress of Aquifer Protection Program, Texas Public Radio

Texas Water Officials Have to Decide What ‘Conservation and Reuse’ Means in Order to Distribute Millions in Potential Funding, Star-Telegram

Meet TWDB’s New Agricultural and Rural Texas Ombudsman, Texas Water Development Board

Rio Grande Water Releases to Wait until June, El Paso Times

North Texas Needs Rain to Avoid Severe Water Restrictions, Star-Telegram

Watching Our Water: San Angelo’s Water Woes Worsen, San Angelo Standard-Times

Dry Wichita Falls to Try Drinking ‘Potty Water,’ Star-Telegram

Water Woes in Spotlight: League of Women Voters to Host Film Festival, Amarillo Globe-News

Drought Status Improves Slightly for Texas, Southwest Farm Press

Lawmakers Question Validity of MOU with Texas Affecting Lake Texoma, KTEN Texoma

Corpus Invading Colorado, Wharton Journal Spectator

Three Texas Lakes Hit Record Low Levels as Drought Deepens, Weather Channel

Rangeland Management is Key to Surviving Drought, Phys Org

Portions of Texas, California Feeling Effects of Exceptional Drought, Caller

7 New Mexico, Texas Counties Get Drought Disaster Designations, Las Cruces Sun-News

Cattle Producers Try to Rebuild Herds During Drought, News Channel 10

Fort Stockton Exploring Alternative Water Options, CBS 7

This Week in Texas Water

Monday, 10 March 2014 17:40 Written by

This Week in Texas Water

Tuesday, 04 March 2014 01:24 Written by

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

San Antonio’s Water Future: Who is Running SAWS? Rivard Report

Lubbock City Council Recognizes Smart Water Use, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Austin a ‘Poster Child’ for Urban Wildfire Threat, Climate Central

Feds Side with Texas in Battle over Water, Albuquerque Journal

Texas City Working to Turn Sewer Water into Tap Water, CBS DFW

TCEQ Goes Against Recommended Ruling, but Still Cuts Off Rice Farmers, State Impact

A Hopeful, but Cautious, Spring Outlook for the Brazos Valley, KBTX News

Irrigation Water Cut, but Central Texans Worry over Supply, Texas Tribune

State Agency Cuts Off Downstream Rice Farmers for Now, Community Impact

Stricter Drought Measures Likely by Summer, San Antonio Express-News

Texas Has Lost 15 Percent of Its Cattle Since 2011, Star-Telegram

Water Conservation Practices Stressed in Galveston, Houston Chronicle

Beaumont’s Kathleen Jackson Appointed to Texas Water Development Board, KFDM News

Stricter Drought Measures Likely by Summer, San Antonio Express-News

La Villa ISD Water Woes Near End as City Accepts Offer, Mid-Valley Town Crier

TWD Board Approves $2 Million in Assistance to Panhandle Groundwater Conservation District, KAMR News

State Water Board Forming Project List, Critics Say to Include Small Towns, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Warm Pacific Ocean Temperatures Signal Central U.S. Drought Risk, Bloomberg News

Ambitious Trinity Lakes Plan Evaporates into ‘Puddles,’ Dallas Morning News

Texas Lawmakers’ Water Struggle, The Pine Log

Are the Tides Changing in the Desalination Debate? Corpus Christi Caller

Wells Replace Lake Water in Drought-Ridden White River District, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

This Week in Texas Water

Monday, 24 February 2014 00:00 Written by

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

 

Lost Pines Conservation District Denies Forestar More Water, Time Warner Cable News

Water Suppliers Work to Quench County's Thirst, Community Impact

'Desal' Option for City's Water Future Carriest Its Own Risks, San Antonio Express-News

Study Continues on Desalination and Power Plants for SAWS, CPS Energy, CPS Energy

Could 2014 Be a Drought-Buster for Texas? State Impact

To Adapt to Climate Change in Texas, No 'One Size Fits All' Solution, State Impact

Buda Montessori School Aims to Use Rainwater As Primary Drinking Supply, Community Impact

Emergency Relief Needed Unless Lakes Significantly Higher, State Judges Recommend, Community Impact

Visualization: Water for Fracking in Ten Texas Counties, Texas Tribune

Getting Clean Water from the Sea, at a High Price, CBS Money Watch

Hey, SAWS, There You Go Again Sucking Region Dry, San Antonio Express-News

Ratepayers, That Reclaimed Water is Yours -- Keep It, San Antonio Express-News

Electrodialysis: The Future of Desalination? Water Online

Texas High Court Asked to Void San Angelo's Water Permit, Law 360

Drought or Not, How Should We Value Water? Marketplace

Where's the Rain This Winter? Southwest Farm Press

Drought Hits Local Businesses Hard, Times Record News

Report: Texas Farming Industry Grows In Spite of Devastating Drought, KXAN News

Lake Grapevine Levels Drop to Historic Lows, Community Impact

Is Water Conservation Really Bankrupting Texas Cities, or Are They Just Bad at Planning? Dallas Observer

As Drought Deepens, Dallas Looks to Change Water Restrictions - And Charge 'Water Hogs' More, Dallas Morning News

 

 

 

This Week in Texas Water

Monday, 17 February 2014 00:00 Written by

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

 

Callegari: Texas Needs to Decide What its Water is Worth, Houston Chronicle 

Spiraling Beef Prices Causing Sticker Shock at Texas BBQ Smokers, Dallas Morning News

California Drought Signals Dry Summer for Texas-to-Iowa Crops, Bloomberg News

Drought Worsens Slightly, KXAN News

City Launches Water Saving Pilot Program, The Courier

Drought Prompts Disaster Declarations in Texas, 11 States, NBC-DFW

Brush-Eating Goats Could Help Texas Firefighters, Times Record News

Could 2014 be a Drought-Buster for Texas? State Impact

In Central Texas, Water War Shows No Sign of Drying Up, State Impact

Climatologist, Water Development Board See Continued Drought, Southwest Farm Press

Prestonwood Country Club Accused of Stealing Dallas Water for 25 Years, NBC-DFW

Lawmakers Question Governors' Deal to Let Texas Pump Water from Oklahoma, State Impact

Impacts of Historic Drought Linger in Texas, Star-Telegram

TCEQ Defers Decision on Colorado River Rice Farmers, Texas Tribune

EPA Chief Calls San Antonio a Model for the Nation, San Antonio Express-News

Eagle Lake Council Opposes LCRA Order, Colorado County Citizen

Communities Adrift in Continuing Drought, Community Impact Newspaper

'Paying Till It Hurts': SAWS Water Plan for the Future Gets Pushback, Texas Public Radio

Texas Rice Farmers Face 3rd Year of Limited Water, Houston Chronicle

Texas Climatologist Expects Hot, Dry Summer, Relief in Fall, Drovers Cattle Network

Experts Predict Less Active Texas Wildfire Season, KRGV News

Mayor Nelda Martinez's State of the City, KRISTV News

City Addresses Water Concerns, Says 'No Problem' to Development, Celina Record

TCEQ Sends Emergency Drought Relief Request to Judge, River Cities Daily Tribune

Texas Officials Wrestle with How to Conserve Water, Houston Chronicle

Business Leaders Press on Water, San Antonio Express-News

Apache Fracs Wolfcamp Wells Without Fresh Water in Dry Barhart Project Area, Oil & Gas Journal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Week in Texas Water

Monday, 10 February 2014 20:30 Written by

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

 

San Antonio Shelves Groundwater Projects, Texas Tribune 

SAWS Preference Surprises Water Company, San Antonio Express-News

Mayor Not Sold on Brackish Water Proposal, San Antonio Express-News

SAWS Water Deal Doomed by Texas History, San Antonio Express-News

Researchers Study String of Texas Earthquakes, San Antonio Express-News

Report: Fracking Colliding with Other Water Uses During Drought, San Antonio Express-News

Who's Carlos Rubenstein? Austin-American Statesman

Kudos to SAWS; Time to Deal with the Day Case, Texas Center for Policy Studies

For Clues to Texas' Climate Future, Scientists Look Deep Underground, State Impact

Water Documentary Features San Antonio, San Antonio Express-News

Report: Water Availability a Risk for Oil, Gas Drillers, Texas Tribune

City Proposes Changes to Eliza Spring to Help Salamander Population, KXAN News

Our View: Texas Should Start Now to Beef Up Water Supplies and Conservation, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Commissioners Oppose LCRA's Decision, Colorado County Citizen

Water Wrangling a Waste of Effort, Odessa American

Falcon, Amistad Reservoir Levels on the Rise, Valley Morning Star

Texans' Water Conservation Reward: Higher Rates, Texas Tribune

No Water Wasted from Toilet to Tap, KRISTV News

SJRA Plans Study on Catahoula Well Site, The Courier of Montgomery County

City to Consider Water Reclamation Study, San Angelo Standard-Times

North Texas Water Summit Focuses on Reuse, Desalination, Conservation, Dallas Morning News

This Week in Texas Water

Monday, 27 January 2014 20:36 Written by

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

 

Below the Surface, Texas Monthly

Area Schools Relying on Wells to Curb Increasing Water Costs, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Rice Farmers Still Fighting for Water, Wharton Journal Spectator

Historic Hot Wells Site to be Plugged, KSAT News

Frustrations and Rumors Bubble to the Surface as Lake Texoma Waters Retreat, State Impact

Tiny North Texas Town Struggles to Survive, Star-Telegram

Texas Panhandle Drought on Record Streak, Amarillo Globe-News

Industry News - Officials Plan to Fight Proposal, Water Environment Federation

Texas Lawmakers Dig into Desalination, Water Online

Retiring Lawmaker Says Work Remains for Texas Water, State Impact

Water Fight Ends in Ranchers' Favor, Houston Chronicle

Water, Local Control Issues Paramount in HD-53 Race, Texas Tribune

Offshore Fresh Water Aquifers: Which Law Will Apply? International Water Law Project Blog

 

 

This Week in Texas Water

Tuesday, 21 January 2014 21:00 Written by

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

 

Protecting Valley Water: Groundwater Conservation District Might Be Wise, The Monitor

HPWD Explains One-Crop Certification Option, High Plains Underground Water Conservation District

Drought Puts Austin-Area Lakes Near Record Lows, KXAN News

USDA Issues Natural Disaster Declaration for Central Texas, KVUE News

CRMWD Says Surface Water is Close to Running Out, CBS7 News

With Texas Water, Glass Still Half-Empty, Dallas News

San Angelo Water Supply Levels Continue to Dwindle, Go San Angelo Standard-Times

5 Predictions for the Year Ahead in Energy and the Environment, State Impact

Industry News - Inflows to Highland Lakes Second-Lowest on Record, Water Environment Federation

Edwards Aquifer Plan Gets High Honor at Turbulent Time, Texas Tribune

Comptroller Calls for More Water Conservation, Innovation in Texas, San Antonio Express-News

Industry News - Senator Touts Plan to Address Water, Power Issues, Water Environment Federation

Austin Suburbs May Soon Pay More for Water So LCRA Can Build Lake, Wells, Austin Business Journal

Victoria County Residents Fear Well Will Hurt Water Supply, Victoria Advocate

Mexico Poised to Release Water to United States, The Monitor

State Report: Many Texans at Risk of Running out of Water, KVUE News

Water Authority Considers Groundwater District, Valley Morning Star

Hays, Bastrop Counties Locked in Battle over Tap Water, Statesman

 

 

 

 

Lt. Governor Dewhurst Issues Interim Charges for Natural Resources, Announces Water-Related Appointments

Thursday, 16 January 2014 18:50 Written by

Lt. Governor Dewhurst issued a press release today that details interim charges for the Senate Natural Resources Committee, as well as appoints senators to two committees: the State Implementation Fund for Texas Advisory Committee and the Joint Interim Committee to Sudy Water Desalination.  The original press release is pasted below.  It is also available here. 

[Lt. Governor of Texas]
Post Office Box 12068
Austin, Texas 78711
OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
David Dewhurst
                           

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                            
January 16, 2014  

Lt. Governor Dewhurst Issues Interim Charges for Natural Resources, Announces Water-Related Appointments
Lt. Governor Dewhurst Issues Interim Charges for Natural Resources, Announces Water-Related Appointments
AUSTIN — The 83rd Legislative Session was one of the most conservative in decades. In addition to adopting a balanced budget that grew less than the rate of population and inflation, it will be remembered for a significant investment to address the water challenges facing Texas. On the heels of the overwhelming approval of Proposition 6 in the November 2013 elections, Lt. Governor Dewhurst continued his efforts to double Texas' water resources with his latest round of Interim Charges. In addition to issuing charges to the Senate Committee on Natural Resources, Dewhurst announced appointments to the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas Advisory Committee and Joint Interim Committee to Study Water Desalination.
"With our population doubling in the next 50 years, we must ensure our water infrastructure is prepared to handle that growth and help grow our economy," said Dewhurst. "The November vote showed that Texans understand the importance of sufficient infrastructure in the face of population growth and periodic drought. These charges will keep us focused on efforts that will protect our quality of life and America's best state economy."
Lt. Governor Dewhurst instructed the Senate Committee on Natural Resources to focus on the following issues:
USE OF BRACKISH WATER. Lt. Governor Dewhurst charged the committee with studying and making recommendations to encourage the use of brackish water, including but not limited to Aquifer Storage and Recovery and Desalination.
REGULATION OF WATER SUPPLY. Lt. Governor Dewhurst also asked the committee to study and make recommendations on what state and federal environmental regulations most affect implementation of water supply strategies in the State Water Plan, including recommendations to reduce state barriers.
ENVIRONMENTAL PERMITTING DELAYS. Additionally, Lt. Governor Dewhurst instructed the committee to examine current processes for environmental permitting, including the impact of permitting delays on economic development. He also asked the committee to consider what environmental regulations and permitting procedures are most challenging for small businesses and make recommendations to reduce those burdens, and study and make recommendations on changes to the permitting process that could speed job creation while continuing to protect the environment.
IMPLEMENTATION OF LEGISLATION. Lastly, Lt. Governor Dewhurst asked the committee to monitor the implementation of legislation passed during the 83rd Legislative Session, including monitoring implementation of House Bill 4, which created the state water implementation fund.
Lt. Governor Dewhurst also named the following appointments:
 
State Water Implementation Fund for Texas Advisory Committee

Sen. Troy Fraser (Chair), Marble Falls
Sen. Robert Duncan, Lubbock
Sen. Kevin Eltife, Tyler
 
Joint Interim Committee to Study Water Desalination

Sen. Craig Estes (Chair), Wichita Falls
Sen. Troy Fraser, Marble Falls
Sen. Glenn Hegar, Katy
Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, McAllen
Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., Brownsville
 
"I believe we have a moral, ethical and legal obligation to provide this essential human need for our citizens," concluded Dewhurst. "Through these committees and interim charges, I am confident that Texas is continuing in the right direction that will only strengthen our economy."
Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst will continue to release his interim charges in the coming weeks.
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