Hoping to raise water awareness, state returns to a famous ad man

Hoping to raise water awareness, state returns to a famous ad man

An Austin advertising legend who once helped sell “Don’t mess with Texas” is now working with state officials on a sequel: a campaign to get Texans to cherish water, from their lakes to their sinks. Roy Spence, one of the founders of ad giant GSD&M, is partnering with Texas State University’s Meadows Center for Water and the Environment and the Texas Water Development Board on the project, which is still in its early stages….read more at Austin-American Statesman. 

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River Revival: Restoring a once-vital waterway with recycled wastewater

River Revival: Restoring a once-vital waterway with recycled wastewater

The Santa Cruz River once flowed year-round in Tucson, AZ, supporting one of the largest mesquite forests in the world.  But urban development and extensive groundwater withdrawals in recent years caused the river’s volume to dwindle. Today, city administrators hope to use recycled effluent to restore the river’s flow to historic levels and revive riparian habitats… Read more from the Forester Daily News.

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Austin’s on the wrong side of the 100th meridian

Austin’s on the wrong side of the 100th meridian

The invisible line that divides the arid western part of the country from the wetter eastern half is on the move, and that has important implications for the Texas capital. Meet Robert Lee. Not the Confederate general, the town. Robert Lee, Texas is a ranching community of 1,025 that lost its only source of water to the second-worst drought in recorded state history. By August 2011, Lake E.V. Spence, a praying-mantis-shaped, man-made reservoir once revered for its striped bass fishing,…

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San Marcos Urges Water Conservation As Aquifer Level Falls

San Marcos Urges Water Conservation As Aquifer Level Falls

The City of San Marcos is urging water conservation because of rapidly dropping aquifer levels and the prospect of Stage 2 drought rules quickly approaching. Stage 2 is implemented when the 10-day average Edwards Aquifer index well level falls below 650 feet above mean sea level (msl). Monitoring wells indicate the aquifer level is dropping about one foot per day. “We’re starting summer with above average temperatures and below average rainfall, with few prospects for any rain in the coming…

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In a Warming West, the Rio Grande Is Drying Up

In a Warming West, the Rio Grande Is Drying Up

Mario Rosales, who farms 365 acres along the Rio Grande, knows the river is in bad shape this year. It has already dried to a dusty ribbon of sand in some parts, and most of the water that does flow is diverted to irrigate crops, including Mr. Rosales’s fields of wheat, oats, alfalfa and New Mexico’s beloved chiles. Because last winter’s mountain snowpack was the second-lowest on record, even that irrigation water may run out at the end of July,…

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What happens to Texas when water is more valuable than oil?

What happens to Texas when water is more valuable than oil?

Only a state as big as Texas could have to deal with the simultaneous crises of both rampant floods and devastating drought. The destruction of Hurricane Harvey and the massive infrastructure needs that it exposed along the Gulf Coast soaked up most of our attention recently, but vast swaths of the Texas Panhandle suffer from extreme drought, and the northern tip qualifies for the worst possible category: exceptional drought. The problems our state is having with water — too much…

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Cape Town Is 90 Days Away From Running Out of Water

Cape Town Is 90 Days Away From Running Out of Water

After three years of unprecedented drought, the South African city of Cape Town has less than 90 days worth of water in its reservoirs, putting it on track to be the first major city in the world to run out of water. Unless residents drastically cut down on daily use, warns Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille, taps in the seaside metropolis of four million will soon run dry. On April 22, to be exact. Here’s what to know: The date is…

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Water 101 – Boerne Native Plant Society Of Texas Chapter Meeting

Water 101 – Boerne Native Plant Society Of Texas Chapter Meeting

Boerne Native Plant Society of Texas Chapter Meeting February 6 at the Cibolo Nature Center in Boerne will feature Water 101. Water, essential for life, is our most precious and valuable natural resource.  But water supply is limited and under increasing pressure from a growing population. How will we protect this resource and plan for a sustainable future? There is a great need for a water-literate public; decisions being made today have far reaching and long lasting effects for our children…

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State climatologist: Dry conditions could worsen for much of Texas

State climatologist: Dry conditions could worsen for much of Texas

Adam Russell | AgriLife Today | October and November were two of the driest Octobers and Novembers on record, and much of the state appears to be facing a continued dry spell through winter, according to the state climatologist. Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, College Station, said conditions were excessively dry throughout the typically wet fall months, and dry conditions are expected to continue through the next several weeks at least. The lack of rain is causing concerns about fire danger, poorly…

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Heavy sprinkler use causes boil advisory in neighborhood near New Braunfels

Heavy sprinkler use causes boil advisory in neighborhood near New Braunfels

Residents of a gated community northwest of New Braunfels are under a boil water notice because of heavy sprinkler use, according to New Braunfels Utilities. People in the Copper Ridge subdivision off of Texas 46 must boil water until further notice before drinking, bathing or brushing teeth to kill harmful bacteria until further notice, NBU said in a news release Friday. The utility blamed “excessive irrigation” for a “critical drop in water pressure.” NBU is also banning irrigation for 72…

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