California’s Drought: Cheap Water, But No Free Lunch

Droughts are too often viewed as local disasters. The historic drought gripping California, which grows more than 90% of the country’s almonds, broccoli, grapes and tomatoes, reminds us that in today’s global economy, the economic repercussions of water scarcity ripple far beyond any single state. In California, as in Texas, drought has provoked a conversation on how to invest in more secure water supplies–but for both states, drought is just a preview of water shortages that are likely to persist,…

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January Driest in Decades – Severe Drought Continues

The amount of water flowing into the Highland Lakes in January was the lowest for that month since the 1950s. The lower Colorado River basin is in its seventh year of a severe drought, and the Highland Lakes remain near historic low levels…Lakes Travis and Buchanan, the region’s major reservoirs, now hold about 762,000 acre-feet, or 38 percent of capacity. Read more from the LCRA

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Severe Drought Has U.S. West Fearing Worst

Pay attention to what’s happening in California – “17 rural communities providing water to 40,000 people are in danger of running out within 60 to 120 days. ‘I have experienced a really long career in this area, and my worry meter has never been this high,’ said Tim Quinn, executive director of theAssociation of California Water Agencies.” Read more from the NY Times here.

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Texas Water Report: Going Deeper for the Solution

The State Comptroller’s Office released “Texas Water Report: Going Deeper for the Solution” earlier this month. The report demonstrates the value of conservation investments and innovation in water research and technology. A website was also launched to compliment the report and provide ongoing education about water use- some great thoughts here worth reading: http://www.txwaterreport.org.

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Groundwater Desalination: An Under-Projected Source of Supply?

The challenges and opportunities in brackish groundwater desalination as a source of future water supply in Texas have been receiving considerable attention lately. With a Joint Interim Committee on Desalination, Senate Natural Resources Committee interim charges that include desalination, and a new Texas Desalination Association, this area will continue to be a hot topic. Read more from the Texas Center for Policy Studies blog.

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Rainfall and recharge reality for the Laurels Ranch, Kendall County = Very very bleak

At The Laurels Ranch we received 29.62 inches of rain for the year 2013. We are very thankful for this close-to-average rainfall year, yet we are needing much more over the longer haul. If you do the math, it can ruin your day. Here’s the hard reality for this area of the Texas Hill Country. We’ve had almost 60 feet of decline (over 2.5 feet in 2013) in our well in the last 14 years (after holding relatively constant for…

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2014 Drought News

May 28, 2014 Award-winning rainwater capture system crowning achievement of retiring Bandera High teacher Congratulations to Brad Flink, who’s RWH project was honored by the Texas Water Development Board with its Texas Rain Catcher Award. HCA’s Rainwater Revival grant program provided support to document this project and create a model for other campuses. The stormwater retention and reuse system created by students is capable of holding 84,000 gallons for irrigating the Bulldogs’ baseball field. Read morefrom Zeke MacCormak and the SA Express…

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