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This Week in Texas Water

Monday, 08 December 2014 18:59 Written by

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

Why Water Is Not the New Oil, Trib Talk

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

Water Scarcity a Bigger Emergency Than Anyone Thought, Water Online

2014 to Be Hottest Year Ever Measured, Scientific American

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

First Municipal Fracking Ban Takes Effect in Texas, KXAN

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

Lower Speed Limits Coming in Drilling Areas, Texas Tribune

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

Drought Status Continues to Improve Across Southwest, Southwest Farm Press

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

The Q&A: Walt Sears, Texas Tribune

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

Opportunity Arises to Help Water Conservation Effort, Baylor Lariat

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

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

Still No Drought Busting El Niño, KXAN

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

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

Hard Wisdom for Scarce Water, Eco-Business

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

Laughman: Texas Must Update Ailing Water Infrastructure, Houston Chronicle

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

Pricing Water Is Key to Mitigating Business Risk, Environmental Leader

Wetter Year Makes for Bountiful Texas Pecan Crop, Houston Chronicle

Beef Prices Soar Upward, Brownsville Herald

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

Zebrafish: The Next Great Water Testing Instrument? Water Online

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

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

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

Virtual Water: An Emerging Science, Santa Fe New Mexican

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

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

Neighbors in The Woodlands Compete to Conserve Water, Houston Chronicle

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

Councilman Nirenberg Looks to Ban Coal Tar in SA, KSAT

Colonias Water and Septic Upgrades Ongoing, Fort Stockton Pioneer

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

SAWS Launches Vista Ridge Pipeline Project, KSAT

Funding Now Open for East Texas Water Projects, KTRE

Water Resources Commission Comments on Council Decision, Times Record News

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

Wichita Falls Water Projects Move Forward, Texoma’s Homepage

Water Emergency in Mineral Wells, WFAA

Las Lomas Residents Going Days Without Water, KGNS

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

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

This Week in Texas Water

Monday, 01 December 2014 20:25 Written by

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

Hotter, Drier Projections Threaten Texas Miracle, Texas Tribune

Is Climate the Mother of Innovation? National Geographic

Balancing Rural and Urban Water Needs, Texas Public Radio

The Worst Drought in 1,000 Years, Student Science

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

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

Perry Renews Disaster Proclamation, Denton Record-Chronicle

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

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

Water Projects Line Up for Cash, News-Journal

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

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

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

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

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

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

Construction on SAWS Desalination Plant Well Underway, KSAT 12

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

SAWS Leads Nation in Water Conservation, San Antonio Current

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

Township Launches Water Conservation Challenge, Woodlands Online

This Week in Texas Water

Monday, 24 November 2014 19:32 Written by

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

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

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

Study: Energy Plan Would Save Water, News-Journal

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

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

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

Energy Industry Faces Water Challenges, San Antonio Express-News

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EPA Plans New Toxin Guidelines for Drinking Water, ABC News

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

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

Getting In On the Water Rush, Hanford Sentinel

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

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

Underground Water Bubble Is Huge Help During Drought, KSAT 12

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

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

Abengoa Clinches Controversial Texas PPP Deal, Global Water Intelligence

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

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

BP Money Benefits Coastal Bend Conservation Projects, Caller Times

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

Newer Hybrids Give Corn Producers Options, Laboratory Equipment

Recent Rains Helping Local Christmas Tree Farm, KVUE

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

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

Groundwater Levels Down in Bell County, Killeen Daily Herald

Grant Process Underway for Residents Seeking Water, Tyler Morning Telegraph

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

City of Victoria Downgrades Drought Plan, Victoria Advocate

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

This Week in Texas Water

Monday, 17 November 2014 21:15 Written by

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

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

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

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

SWIFT Application Period Opens Monday, Caller Times

Billions Available to Keep Water Flowing in Texas, KRISTV

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Private Sector an Oasis for Thirsty San Antonio, Texas Tribune

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

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

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

Innovators Are Chasing a Cheaper Future for Desalination, Next City

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

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

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

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

Tracking Frackers From the Sky, Smithsonian

Beef Cattle Herd Expansion Possible, Agri News

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

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

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

Water From Thin Air, Environmental Protection

7 Solutions to Climate Change Happening Now, Scientific American

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

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

Life Continues Without Water in Reklaw, Palestine Herald-Press

Wanted: More Ward County Water, Eagle Ford Texas

Looking for More Water for Odessa, OA Online

This Week in Texas Water

Monday, 10 November 2014 22:23 Written by

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

Will Oil Industry Learn From Texas Town’s Fracking Ban? Forbes

In Denton, Texas, Voters Approve ‘Unprecedented’ Fracking Ban, LA times

Voters in Texas City OK Ban on Fracking Expansion, Houston Chronicle

Denton Bans Fracking, But Challenges Almost Certain, Texas Tribune

Robertson County Fifth Graders Learn About Water Conservation, KBTX

Water Conservation Tips, Killeen Daily Herald

Online Mapping Tool Shows US Storm Surge Risks, KLTV

4 Years of Drought: Texas Dry Spell Unfaltering, Experts Say, Killeen Daily Herald

El Niño Fails to Materialize, KXAN

Options Drying Up for Some Parched North Texas Towns, State Impact

The Q&A: Francine Sanders Romero, Texas Tribune

Deaths of Galveston Bay Clams May Signal Trouble, The Eagle

Texas Considers Water Desalination, House Research Organization

Water Project Funds Ready to Flow – Almost, Texas Tribune

In Texas, Preserving a Neighborhood for Bats, New York Times

Team Keeps Close Watch on Edwards Aquifer’s Health, San Antonio Express-News

Texas Officials Approve Water Funding Rules, My FOX DFW

$2B to Be Distributed for Texas Water Projects, KCBD

Fund Ready to Start Securing Texas Water Future, Caller Times

SWIFT Application Period Opens Monday, Caller Times

Acid Mine Drainage: Could It Be Used for Fracking? Eagle Ford Texas

Report on Proposed Marvin Nichols Reservoir Downplays Impacts, News-Journal

Impact Study Kicks Northeast Texas Planners into High Gear, KETR

Marvin Nichols Supporters Submit Study to State Showing Impact of Lake, Locals to Respond by Nov. 19, News-Journal

Large Wastewater Spill in Northwest Austin, KVUE

Rain Will Help Recharge Reservoirs, Standard-Times

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

Rain Helps North Texas Lake Levels – a Little, Star-Telegram

Bruno Hanson/Midland College Environmental Excellence Award: Fasken Takes Leadership Role in Water Recycling, Reuse, Eagle Ford Texas

NEC Inks MoU with Texas State University to Improve Water Conservation, Infotech Lead

San Angelo to Contract Water Rate Study, Standard-Times

Hereford Rejects $36M Water Bond, Amarillo Globe-News

Goliad Residents Worried About Water From Proposed Waste Site, KSAT

This Week in Texas Water

Monday, 03 November 2014 16:43 Written by

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

Will Water Woes Leave Americans Thirsty? Student Science

Impact of the Shale Boom: Air, Water and Roads, Texas Tribune

Deaths of Galveston Bay Clams May Signal Trouble, Washington Times

As Infrastructure Crumbles, Trillions of Gallons of Water Lost, Texas Public Radio

Railroad Commission Seat Gets Hotter as Oil Booms, Texas Tribune

Wildlife Advocates Enter State Water Wars, Victoria Advocate

Water Conservation Efforts with Continuing Drought, KVUE

Texas A&M Program Merges Art and Science to Address Climate Issues, The Eagle

Could Water Markets Help Solve the American West’s Water Crisis? Vox

Texas Oil Company Reaches $1.6M Settlement With EPA, North Dallas Gazette

Water Conservation Projects Like Lake Naconiche May be a Thing of the Past, KTRE

Texas Railroad Commission Tightens Drilling-Waste Disposal Rules After Earthquake Scare, Dallas Morning News

Options Drying Up for Some Parched North Texas Towns, State Impact

How Business and Academia Could Turn the Tide on Water Scarcity, The Guardian

Gov. Perry Renews Texas Drought Declaration, NBC DFW

Trace Chemicals Found in Eagle Ford River Basins, Prompting More Monitoring, San Antonio Business Journal

Can a Little Bit of Compost Help Fight Climate Change? Nation Swell

Flight of the Monarchs in Texas in Jeopardy, The Eagle

Great Bales of Cotton: timely Rains Help Farmers Reap Record Crop, Valley Morning Star

San Antonio Saves the Bat Cave, Protects Drinking Water in One Deal, Next City

Vote Set on San Antonio’s Historic Water Gamble, Texas Tribune

Water Pipeline Project is Wrong for San Antonio, Trib Talk

Water Pipeline Project is Right for San Antonio, Trib Talk

San Antonio Pipeline Continues Texas Water Rush, Circle of Blue

Taylor Pushing for Water Pipeline Deal, San Antonio Express-News

Controversial Vista Ridge Pipeline Gets ‘OK’ from Councilman, Mayor, FOX 29

San Antonio Approves Historic Water Project, Texas Tribune

We Love That Dirty Water, Texas Monthly

Thursday in San Antonio: Lost Water Conference for Water Suppliers, Texas Water Resources Institute

Brannon: Public Must be Part of Texas Water Use Planning, Houston Chronicle

High Plains Water Board Challengers Oppose Metering Rules, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

Drought Costs Residents Thousands, Colorado County Citizen

McAllen Looking to Tap Into Geothermal Water Wells, The Monitor

San Marcos Cracks Down People Stealing Water From Hydrants, KXAN

Hays County Commissioners Court Passes Resolution Calling for Comprehensive Water Planning, Austin American-Statesman

Drought Costing Lake Ray Hubbard Shoreline Residents Their Lifestyle, Dallas Morning News

Port Arthur Pushes Plan to Cut Water Leak Losses, KFDM News

30-Year Water Vet Hired to Head City Department, San Angelo Live

Drought Dries Up Business in Mineral Wells, CBS DFW

City of Breckenridge Nears Stage 3 Water Restrictions, KTXS 12

Lake Texoma Businesses Hurting Due to Low Lake Level, The Ada News

This Week in Texas Water

Tuesday, 28 October 2014 00:10 Written by

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

Drought Status Should Improve Into Winter, Southwest Farm Press

How Skyrocketing Development in Texas Could Such the State Dry, Atlantic Citylab

Another Special Interest Wants Say In Water Use, Beaumont Enterprise

How Effective Are We in Tackling Water Security? Phys Org

Scientists Just Discovered How To Determine If Water Contamination Comes From Fracking, Climate Progress

Changing Rainfall a Worldwide Problem, Global News

El Niño Development Stalled Out, But Wet Winter Still Predicted, Cattle Network

Drought Shows Signs of Letting Up, State Climatologist Says

El Niño Still a No-Show in Texas, Denton Record-Chronicle

Forecast for the Texas Winter: Cool and Damp, WOAI

Texas Water Regulation Reform Could Be Next Step to Quenching State’s Thirst, Corpus Christi Caller Times

Most Area Water Districts Meet Conservation Goals, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

The Q&A: Kent Satterwhite, Texas Tribune

Land Appraisals Disputed as Drought Shrinks Texas Lake, KTXS

Water Utilities in Need of Modernization, Texas Tribune

New Directions for U.S. Water Policy, Hamilton Project

Where Will Texas’ Drinking Water Come From? Houston Chronicle

EPA Asked to Investigate Groundwater Contamination, San Antonio Express-News

Rubinstein: All Texans Can Participate in Water Planning, Houston Chronicle

Gray Water Trial Will Help Determine Feasibility for Landscape Irrigation, Phys Org

Lake Levels Drop to New Historic Low, Times Record News

What It Would Take to Tap the Gulf’s Frozen Methane, State Impact

Texas Supreme Court Case Set Water Groundwater Rules for State, KSAT

Deaths of Tiny Clams in Galveston Bay May Portend Problems, Houston Chronicle

Water Board Approves Wichita Falls Loan, Times Record News

Is Rural Texas San Antonio’s Next Endangered Species? San Antonio Express-News

Oil Show: West Texas Welcomes Water Wildcatters, OA Online

New Filtration Techniques Could Purify Brackish Water at Lower Cost, Phys Org

Pond Liners Used Against Lake Waco Zebra Mussels, CBS DFW

Commentary: The Case for the SAWS-Vista Ridge Deal, Rivard Report

Water Pipeline Project Is Right for San Antonio, Trib Talk

In Burleson County, the Rush Is On for Water, San Antonio Express-News

Water District Race Contested, My Plainview

Man-Made North Texas Wetland Provides Water for Humans and Wildlife, KERA News

Commission to Take Action to Prevent Illegal Dumping on Surface Water, Valley Morning Star

Storm Debris Discovery Reveals 100+ Years of North Texas History, CBS DFW

Drought, Cooler Weather Lead to Limits on North Texas Water Use, Dallas Morning News

TCEQ Requirements Causing City to Rack Up Big Bucks in Expenses, Times Record News

As Rain Stays Away, a Parched Region Seeks Relief, Star-Telegram

North Texas Water District May Reinstate Tougher Sprinkler Rules, Dallas Morning News

San Marcos City Council Approves Water Lease to New Braunfels Company, Community Impact

Local Experts Dip Into Concho River Bacteria, Standard-Times

Mart Struggles With Crumbling Water Infrastructure, Waco Trib

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, Space.com

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