Texas Living Waters Project unveils 2020 Texas Water Conservation Scorecard

Texas Living Waters Project unveils 2020 Texas Water Conservation Scorecard

Texas water conservation practices have not improved in the last four years. June 23rd, 2020 – Austin, TX – The Texas Living Waters Project released the 2020 Texas Water Conservation Scorecard, an in-depth analysis and ranking of the water conservation efforts of more than 300 water utilities in Texas.  The study found that many utilities are not taking serious actions to advance water conservation. The Texas Living Waters Project is a partnership of the National Wildlife Federation, the Sierra Club-Lone…

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Revealed: millions of Americans can’t afford water as bills rise 80% in a decade

Revealed: millions of Americans can’t afford water as bills rise 80% in a decade

In the first nationwide research of its kind, our findings reveal the painful impact of America’s expanding water poverty crisis as aging infrastructure, environmental clean-ups, changing demographics and the climate emergency fuel exponential price hikes in almost every corner of the country… “More people are in trouble, and the poorest of the poor are in big trouble,” said Roger Colton, a leading utilities analyst, who was commissioned by the Guardian to analyse water poverty. “The data shows that we’ve got…

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TESPA files new lawsuit against Permian Highway Pipeline, Kinder Morgan

TESPA files new lawsuit against Permian Highway Pipeline, Kinder Morgan

The Trinity Edwards Springs Protection Association (TESPA), acting on behalf of Blanco County landowners whose water was impacted in a spill of drilling fluid, has filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Permian Highway Pipeline and Kinder Morgan. The case alleges violations of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, which protects “underground sources of drinking water” by prohibiting the injection of “contaminants” into underground drinking water. “That is exactly what occurred on March 28, 2020, when Kinder Morgan’s PHP constructors…

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Sierra Club urges court to halt construction on parts of Permian Highway fracked gas pipeline

Sierra Club urges court to halt construction on parts of Permian Highway fracked gas pipeline

Late Friday evening, the Sierra Club filed a motion for preliminary injunction in its lawsuit against the Permian Highway Pipeline. In late April, the Sierra Club filed a lawsuit arguing that the Army Corps failed to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) when it approved the project without first conducting the required analysis of environmental impacts, providing for public participation, or considering alternative routes. The motion filed today urges the U.S. District Court for the Western District of…

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New Vista Ridge pipeline water could delay start of water restrictions

New Vista Ridge pipeline water could delay start of water restrictions

“Because we are using less of the Edwards’ water, that maybe takes some stress off the Edwards. Maybe it drops less quickly,” Gus says. “And maybe we’re a little less likely to hit the trigger. It does help us out in that regard.” That’s what aquifer officials hope occurs. The 142-mile pipeline from Burleson County, is supposed to supply 20 percent of the area’s water needs. Cost of the project has been pegged at nearly $3 billion. Read more from…

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SAWS flushing half of Vista Ridge water as cost overrun nears $80M

SAWS flushing half of Vista Ridge water as cost overrun nears $80M

The San Antonio Water System is flushing some of the most expensive water in Texas down a Northside creek as it struggles to finish a connection pipeline that has run nearly $80 million over early cost estimates. Originally set to be finished in mid-April, construction on an underground pipeline to connect Vista Ridge’s endpoint to the main SAWS system south of Loop 1604 now won’t be finished until July, SAWS Chief Operating Officer Steve Clouse said at the utility’s June…

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San Antonio Council OKs zoning change over Edwards Aquifer property

San Antonio Council OKs zoning change over Edwards Aquifer property

City Council on Thursday approved a zoning change that paves the way for new development over the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone on the Northwest Side. The change will affect 22 acres close to the intersection of Jones Maltsberger and Redland roads. The land is part of the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone, where water flows underground and adds to the main drinking water supply of the San Antonio region. Landowner Austin Hagauer, a San Antonio real estate broker, plans to build 67…

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City seeks applicants for 3 slots on SAWS Board

City seeks applicants for 3 slots on SAWS Board

The City is seeking applicants for the San Antonio Water System’s board of trustees to replace the board’s three longest-serving members. The City is seeking to fill positions left by SAWS board Chair Heriberto “Berto” Guerra Jr., Assistant Secretary Pat Merritt, and Vice Chair Pat Jasso. The City issued a news release about the openings following multiple inquiries about the SAWS board nomination process from the Rivard Report. Read more from Brendan Gibbons with The Rivard Report here. 

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E.P.A. limits states’ power to oppose pipelines and other energy projects

E.P.A. limits states’ power to oppose pipelines and other energy projects

The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday announced that it had limited states’ ability to block the construction of energy infrastructure projects, part of the Trump administration’s goal of promoting gas pipelines, coal terminals and other fossil fuel development… Specifically, it limits to one year the amount of time states and tribes can take to review a project and restricts states to taking water quality only into consideration when judging permits. The Trump administration has accused some states of blocking projects…

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Solicitation for regional flood planning group members

Solicitation for regional flood planning group members

Flooding has always been a constant threat in Texas. It impacts people and property every year. But now the state is taking action. For the first time ever, Texas is launching a statewide, comprehensive effort to fight flood that integrates mapping, planning, and mitigation… These regional flood planning groups will be made up of at least 12 members from a variety of interest groups—folks who have expertise and experience in floodplain management. These interest groups represent everything from small businesses…

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