Making strides – Southwestern Travis County Groundwater Conservation District names general manager

Making strides – Southwestern Travis County Groundwater Conservation District names general manager

Kodi Sawin has been named general manager of the Southwestern Travis County Groundwater Conservation District — another step closer to becoming a fully functional organization… Voters across southwestern Travis County in November approved the district’s Proposition A, clearing the way for district board members to regulate groundwater across a wide swath of land in southern and western Travis County. Six board members— Juli Hennings, Rick Scadden, Jim Urie, Tim Van Ackeren, Tricia Davis and Jim Dower— were also elected, leaving…

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Congress could put Americans back to work through conservation

Congress could put Americans back to work through conservation

Why post-COVID economic recovery efforts should include investments in our public lands, fish and wildlife habitat, and outdoor recreation infrastructure Across the federal government, there are a suite of habitat restoration programs designed to benefit fish and wildlife and enhance the resiliency of our natural systems, including the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, the National Fish Habitat Partnership, and the Forest Service Legacy Roads and Trails Program. These on-the-ground restoration programs infuse important resources into local communities, generate construction jobs,…

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Flood Infrastructure Fund abridged application deadline reminder and new on-demand presentations

Flood Infrastructure Fund abridged application deadline reminder and new on-demand presentations

Press Release: Texas Water Development Board – For Immediate Release: May 13, 2020 The Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF) abridged application period will close at 5:00 p.m. on June 15. Please visit the FIF webpage to learn more and download the application. Abridged applications will be used to collect the information necessary to prioritize projects, determine the best source of funding, and rank projects according to the Flood Intended Use Plan. The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) will then invite entities…

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The Trailist: 4-mile extension connects Mission Reach and Medina River trails

The Trailist: 4-mile extension connects Mission Reach and Medina River trails

Mile by painstaking mile, the City, Bexar County, and the San Antonio River Authority have made incremental progress on expanding concrete paths along local waterways, such as the San Antonio River and Leon and Salado creeks. However, the completion of 4.1 miles on the southern end of the Mission Reach trail is a good time to step back and look at the bigger picture. The City’s newest completed trail section joins the Mission Reach to the roughly 10-mile Medina River…

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Covid-19 crisis could decimate water utility revenue, worsen affordability problems

Covid-19 crisis could decimate water utility revenue, worsen affordability problems

The widespread closure of restaurants, manufacturing facilities, theaters, dentist offices, and universities will reverberate not only in jobs reports. The shutdown will also have immediate and potentially long-lasting consequences for America’s water utilities and the people they serve. Not all of the country’s roughly 50,000 public water systems share the same vulnerabilities, analysts say. But all will be affected in some way by changes in water use patterns and prohibitions on turning off water service. They will have customers who…

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NRCS invests more than $1.1 million in partner-driven Comanche Springs project in West Texas

USDA’s Natural Resources Service (NRCS) today announced that it is investing $1.1 million in Texas for a partner-driven conservation project through its Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). NRCS will leverage nearly $1.6 million in partner contributions over the next five years. “With the first RCPP awards under the 2018 Farm Bill, we are excited to see quality conservation being implemented to help restore spring flow to one of the most historical springs of Texas,” said Drenda Williams, NRCS acting state…

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Supreme Court gives environmentalists partial water law win

Supreme Court gives environmentalists partial water law win

The U.S. Supreme Court gave environmentalists a partial win on the scope of the Clean Water Act, ruling that the law applies to some pollution discharges that don’t go directly into a major body of water. The 6-3 decision Thursday told a federal appeals court to reconsider its conclusion that a Hawaii water-treatment facility violated the law with wastewater discharges that travel underground a half mile to the Pacific Ocean. But the high court majority set a standard that will…

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State and regional flood planning: the future of flood resilience in Texas

State and regional flood planning: the future of flood resilience in Texas

Starting in 2020, Texas stakeholders will have the opportunity to determine the best flood mitigation strategies for their region through a process called “flood planning.” Regional Flood Planning Groups (RFPG) will lead this effort, as prescribed by Senate Bill 8 which was passed by Texas Legislature in 2019. Flood planning regions will correspond with 15 major Texas rivers and coastal basins delineated by the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB). Based on the current draft rules, each RFPG will be composed…

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Higher temperatures for 2020 warns of Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) growth

Higher temperatures for 2020 warns of Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) growth

  • April 26, 2020
  • News

Warmer weather means warmer water, which is a catalyst for the overgrowth of highly toxic blue-green algae known as cyanobacteria harmful algal blooms or cyanoHABs in ponds, lakes and reservoirs. Statistically, the warmer the weather, the worse the cyanoHABs. The forecast for summer 2020 is set to see unusually warm weather. Data from the National Oceanic and Administration Agency (NOAA) shows that to the end of March, temperatures are tracking close to 2016 levels, which was the hottest year on…

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‘Mega-drought’ could be in store for Texas, western U.S.

‘Mega-drought’ could be in store for Texas, western U.S.

The American West is well on its way into one of the worst mega-droughts on record, a new study warns, a dry period that could last for centuries and spread from Oregon and Montana, through the Four Corners and into West Texas and northern Mexico. Several other mega-droughts, generally defined as dry periods that last 20 years or more, have been documented in the West going back to about 800 A.D. In the new study, the researchers, using an extensive…

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