2011 Drought News

  December 21, 2011 Texas Tree Ring Study Warns of Long Droughts A new study of tree rings adds to evidence that Texas has experienced at least one 10-year drought every 100 years, as well as several “mega-droughts” lasting 15 to 30 years over the centuries. Read full Texas Tribune article. November 30, 2011 It could take years for state’s aquifers to fill A historic drought has depleted Texas aquifers to lows rarely seen since 1948, and it could take…

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2011 Water Quality News

  • September 26, 2011
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December 28, 2011 Dangers of fracking still becoming clear The word “fracking” may sound funny, but it describes a drilling practice that has created a serious boom in natural gas production in Texas and elsewhere, and with the boom has come serious worries about fracking’s effects on the environment. More from Statesman.com. December 14, 2011 New rules for fracking approved The Texas Railroad Commission approved a rule Tuesday requiring oil and natural gas drillers to disclose most of the chemicals they…

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2011 Water Planning News

December 29, 2011 The Texas Water Crisis Texas water authorities at every level are on alert. Last summer’s extremely hot, dry weather was a wake-up call. Now more than a dozen Texas towns are in danger of running out of water. Texas is in a water crisis. To make it official, the Texas Water Development Board December report says the state reservoirs are extremely low even after some autumn rain. Read more from CleanHouston.org. December 21, 2011 Water planners urged to…

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2011 Water Conservation News

  • September 26, 2011
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September 25, 2011 Water conservation a habit we must keep The current drought eventually will end — we think. But even if rain starts to fall in the next few weeks, the record-setting droughts of 2009 and this year should be reminders that if we’re not currently in a drought, we’re always on the brink of one. Read full Statesman.com article. July 19, 2011 Conservation in San Antonio is Saving More than Water Who would believe that a translucent sightless amphibian…

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2011 Rainwater News

  • September 26, 2011
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December 20, 2011 Water a hot topic in Hill Country despite recent rains “Statistics provided by the Texas Water Development Board show that groundwater withdrawal from the Hill Country’s Edwards and Trinity aquifers increased dramatically between 1975 and 2010. In 1975, less than 10,000 acre-feet were withdrawn annually; that shot up to 41,000 acre-feet in 2010. Mix in recent drought years, and a picture of a thirsty Hill Country natural world comes into sharper focus.” Read more from SA Express-News. December…

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2011 Groundwater News

November 16, 2011 Our treasured springs need protection The canary is in the coal mine and he’s thirsty. Without thoughtful stewardship, public treasures such as Jacob’s Well, Hays County’s historic perennial spring, as well as the private legacies of the many unnamed springs feeding Block Creek on Kendall County’s historic Hillingdon Ranch could stop flowing forever. Read full Statesman.com commentary by David K. Langford and David Baker. September 28, 2011 Draft Water Plan Says Texas “Will Not Have Enough” Draft Water Plan…

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2011 Drought News

December 21, 2011 Texas Tree Ring Study Warns of Long Droughts A new study of tree rings adds to evidence that Texas has experienced at least one 10-year drought every 100 years, as well as several “mega-droughts” lasting 15 to 30 years over the centuries. Read full Texas Tribune article. November 30, 2011 It could take years for state’s aquifers to fill A historic drought has depleted Texas aquifers to lows rarely seen since 1948, and it could take months —…

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2010 Water Quality News

August 9, 2010 TCEQ Draws Flak for Studies That Might Result in Weaker Water Quality Standards The efforts of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to weaken water quality standards for numerous Texas streams through so-called “recreational use” studies were dealt a serious setback Thursday night in the small community of Kosciusko southeast of San Antonio when over 300 residents of Wilson, Karnes, and neighboring counties turned out to demand better water quality for their local stream, Lower Cibolo…

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2010 Water Planning News

January 25, 2010 Gov. Perry Names Timmerman Chair of Lower Colorado River Authority Board of Directors Read more here. November 17, 2010 Will Water Rights Be on the Legislature’s Agenda? Next legislative session, during the few minutes not taken up with the budget, redistricting and immigration, an old stand-by of an issue could creep onto the agenda: water. Observers say legislative proposals on groundwater rights are probable, given that Texas is just wrapping up a controversial process for planning the…

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2010 Water Conservation News

December 16, 2010 Water Conservation Council to continue and loan offered for Bastrop area water Sunset Advisory Commission chair Glenn Hegar opted on Thursday to withdraw a suggestion that the state Water Conservation Advisory Council be abolished. Read full Statesman.com article here. December 15, 2010 Will state abolish water conservation council? The Sunset Advisory Commission could decide on Thursday that the Legislature ought to abolish the Water Conservation Advisory Council to save some money. Read full Statesman.com article here. April…

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