Water restrictions could be headed our way very soon

Water restrictions could be headed our way very soon

As typical dry and hot weather continues to plague South Central Texas, our attention turns to the aquifer level. Right now, the 10 day average is sitting at 660.8 and Paul Bertetti, Director of Aquifer Science at the Edwards Aquifer Authority says we’re going to drop below 660 very soon. “Looking at the current 10 day average, I would expect that by the end of the week or into the weekend, that the ten day average is probably going to…

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Talk+water: Ken Kramer and Jennifer Walker

Talk+water: Ken Kramer and Jennifer Walker

Texas+Water Editor-in-Chief Dr. Todd Votteler talks with Dr. Ken Kramer and Jennifer Walker about the newly released Texas Water Conservation Scorecard 2020 Report, which provides an in-depth analysis and ranking of the water conservation efforts of more than 350 water utilities in Texas. Listen to the full interview with Dr. Ken Kramer and Jennifer Walker from Texas+Water here.  https://soundcloud.com/talkpluswater/talkwater-podcast-23-ken-kramer-jennifer-walker-texas-water-conservation-scorecard-2020-report

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One Water – Blue Hole primary school

One Water – Blue Hole primary school

While COVID-19 dominates headlines in 2020, groundwater protection efforts in the Texas Hill Country are set to realize a tremendous success story when the first One Water school in Texas officially opens its doors for classes this fall!  Blue Hole Primary School will serve the growing Hill Country communities of Wimberley and Woodcreek with one of the most water efficient and cost-effective approaches ever envisioned for a school campus in Texas. One Water is a water planning and management approach…

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Across Texas, diverse wetlands are benefiting Texans — and facing threats

Across Texas, diverse wetlands are benefiting Texans — and facing threats

“Historically, some people thought of wetlands like nasty places we need to fill in or useless land,” he said. “But really, they’re among the most productive and valuable ecosystem in terms of the goods and services they provide to humans.” Nicknamed the kidneys of the earth for their ability to filter water and improve water quality, wetlands are defined by three things: water, plants and soils. To be a wetland, water should flow through or stand in the area for…

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The credible case for a resilient water supply in Texas

The credible case for a resilient water supply in Texas

In this time of crisis and deep uncertainty, one thing we must be able to depend on is our water supply. Access to water is critical to public health, fragile local economies, and food production. And the benefits are also intangible. Confined to our homes, many of us are realizing that time spent along the banks of a lake or clear flowing creek offers much-needed respite. Now, more than ever, we must protect our water resources. The world is a…

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Planning for our State’s water future in the midst of a pandemic – You have a unique opportunity for your voice to be heard!

Planning for our State’s water future in the midst of a pandemic – You have a unique opportunity for your voice to be heard!

Planning for the future is always a challenge – even more so in the midst of a pandemic. Texans currently are coping with the uncertainties of the Covid-19 crisis – financial hardships, continuing hospitalizations and deaths, the impacts of “reopening” the economy while the virus spreads – focused on the next several months, not looking 50 years ahead. However, the Covid-19 crisis may be a relatively short-term period in history, albeit one with profound impacts for years to come. On…

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New Braunfels Utilities anticipates stage one drought conditions

New Braunfels Utilities anticipates stage one drought conditions

Rising temperatures, lack of significant rainfall and increased demand for water have caused the Edwards Aquifer to drop nearly a foot per day over the past 10 days. As of May 7, the 10-day average of the J-17 well was 665 feet, which is five feet above the trigger for stage one watering restrictions. The areas serviced by the aquifer have not been in a drought stage since October 2018 and the aquifer previously maintained an average water level of 671…

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‘Mega-drought’ could be in store for Texas, western U.S.

‘Mega-drought’ could be in store for Texas, western U.S.

The American West is well on its way into one of the worst mega-droughts on record, a new study warns, a dry period that could last for centuries and spread from Oregon and Montana, through the Four Corners and into West Texas and northern Mexico. Several other mega-droughts, generally defined as dry periods that last 20 years or more, have been documented in the West going back to about 800 A.D. In the new study, the researchers, using an extensive…

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Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District delays drought cutbacks

Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District delays drought cutbacks

Press Release: Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District – For Immediate Release: April 3, 2020 At the April 2 Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District Board meeting, District Directors voted to delay an order that would put the Jacobs Well Groundwater Management Zone (MAP here) into drought status.  “With folks sheltering in place in order to protect their families from to exposure to the Covid-19 virus, the District recognizes that water usage will go up in homes” said Linda Kaye Rogers, HTGCD Board President “The…

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Hays Trinity GCD announces Jacobs Well Spring Groundwater Management Zone

Hays Trinity GCD announces Jacobs Well Spring Groundwater Management Zone

On March 5, 2020, the Hays Trinity Groundwater Conservation District Board of Directors passed a new rule—Rule 15, Jacob’s Well Groundwater Management Zone—to better protect water resources and springflow during drought. This action comes in response to community requests for additional protections in Wimberley Valley’s Cypress Creek Watershed.  Rule 15 establishes the Jacob’s Well Groundwater Management Zone (GMZ), limits new permits within the GMZ, and incorporates monthly pumpage monitoring for drought restrictions for permit holders with over 2 acre-feet per…

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