SAWS Backpedals on Right Choice – Still Considering Groundwater Importation Project

Last month, the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club praised staff at the San Antonio Water System (SAWS) for recommending to their Board that the focus of future water supplies for the city should rest on nearby brackish groundwater, rather than the importation of fresh groundwater from locations distant of the city. Unfortunately, the SAWS Board, sensing pressure from the business community, has backpedaled against that recommendation to reject all three of the groundwater proposals. Read more from the…

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HCA’s Rainwater Revival calls for grant applications to fund water conservation and catchment programs at Hill Country schools

  • March 11, 2014
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March 11, 2014 The Hill Country Alliance has set an April 30 deadline for local schools to apply for grants of up to $1,000 to develop or continue water catchment and conservation programs. The auction of “art barrels” during the Alliance’s annual Rainwater Revival, held in October, funds the grants. “Thanks to the talented Hill Country artists who design and paint rainwater barrels, and the businesses who donate the barrels, two schools in our 17-county Hill Country will get funding…

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Hill Country Water: Myths and Truths

Cow Creek Groundwater District Directors Milan J. Michalec and Bob Webster will present a program about Groundwater in the Texas Hill Country on Thursday evening, March 20. The program is titled “Hill Country Water- Myths and Truths”. This informative program focuses on the many misconceptions people have about our groundwater, the aquifers that contain it, and the laws that regulate it’s withdrawal and use. The knowledge that most people have about groundwater is often based on the Edwards aquifer, which…

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Gravel pit proposed near Guadalupe River

  • March 4, 2014
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Commissioners seemed to agree they don’t have much chance of preventing the pit, even though it is in the 100-year floodplain, where land modifications require the county’s approval. The county must approve the proposal if the company submits plans to the county indicating the new pit won’t cause sedimentation in the river. Read more from Sean Batura at the Kerrville Daily Times.

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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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Kudos to SAWS, but Day case is the real problem, not GCDs

“Kudos are due to SAWS President and CEO Robert Puente for choosing a closer-to-home strategy that, along with continued efficiency improvements, will help the City meet its water needs far into the future. Here is hoping that the SAWS board and the Mayor give full support to this sensible approach. But, in the press release announcing the decision, SAWS expressed concern about the role of groundwater districts…” Read more from Mary Kelly, Texas Center for Policy Studies. Hill Country GCD’s…

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