Tackling Future Hill Country Water Needs: ‘We Can’t Solve The Problem Alone’

Tackling Future Hill Country Water Needs: ‘We Can’t Solve The Problem Alone’

“We are looking at starting the summer months, in the Hill Country, with only five inches of rain,” Katherine Romans, Executive Director of the Hill Country Alliance, explained during the opening of the most recent Texas Water Symposium on Wednesday, May 30. As the Hill Country continues to grow at unprecedented rates, the demands on limited water resources will increasingly outpace the current supply. The overpumping of rivers and aquifers will result in reduced spring flow, thus impacting everything from the…

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Water scientist by profession, humorist by choice

Water scientist by profession, humorist by choice

To hear Dr. Robert Mace speak at a water conference is to hear a very knowledgeable water expert mixing in a little humor on the side. Determined to retain the interest of the audience, many times Mace titles his presentations with humorous names, such as “Gone With the Wind: The History of Pumping Water With Windmills” and “Mace’s Believe It or Not: Bizarre Texas Groundwater facts!” and inserts humorous quips in the talks. Even though the new chief water policy officer and…

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Blanco River Flood Mitigation Project San Marcos Community Meeting To Be Held

Blanco River Flood Mitigation Project San Marcos Community Meeting To Be Held

  • April 14, 2018
  • News

City Engineers will host a public meeting on Wednesday, April 18 in Room 2 of the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins, at 6 p.m. to gather comments on proposed infrastructure projects that are being considered for flood mitigation on the Blanco River. “The goal of the meeting is to listen to citizens’ observations and concerns prior to determining solutions,” said Laurie Moyer, Director of Engineering. “After alternatives are analyzed, a second public meeting will be held to show which…

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What happens to Texas when water is more valuable than oil?

What happens to Texas when water is more valuable than oil?

Only a state as big as Texas could have to deal with the simultaneous crises of both rampant floods and devastating drought. The destruction of Hurricane Harvey and the massive infrastructure needs that it exposed along the Gulf Coast soaked up most of our attention recently, but vast swaths of the Texas Panhandle suffer from extreme drought, and the northern tip qualifies for the worst possible category: exceptional drought. The problems our state is having with water — too much…

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Leadership at all stages of the urban water cycle, including your home

Leadership at all stages of the urban water cycle, including your home

I learned in grade school that, in the water cycle, water evaporates from the ocean, condenses into clouds, falls as rain, runs into rivers, and flows back into the sea. However, we humans have intervened and significantly modified this natural cycle. In many of our cities, under standard operating procedures, we tend to: 1. pull the water from rivers, lakes or groundwater; treat it; use it; treat it again; and put it back in the river and 2. direct rainwater…

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Latino Rights Group, SAWS File Update in Long-Running Water Case

A national Latino rights advocacy group and San Antonio’s water utility submitted a filing this week in a long-quiet federal court case concerning whether Latinos are adequately represented in the entity that manages the Edwards Aquifer. It’s been six years since the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) sued the Edwards Aquifer Authority, arguing the structure of its board is unconstitutional because it gives unequal representation to the less-populated areas surrounding Bexar County. The authority’s structure disproportionally favors Anglo voters in these…

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Cape Town Pushes Back ‘Day Zero’ as Residents Conserve Water

Cape Town Pushes Back ‘Day Zero’ as Residents Conserve Water

Cape Town residents have drastically lowered their water use, allowing their drought-plagued city to push back the dreaded “Day Zero,” when the system is expected to run dry, by more than 10 weeks. Just three weeks ago, officials were predicting that Cape Town would reach Day Zero — a first for a major city in modern times — in late April, forcing its four million residents to line up at collection points to receive water rations from trucks. Now, after…

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Groundwater conservation district up and running

Groundwater conservation district up and running

With no funding, no staff and a board of temporary directors, the Southwestern Travis County Groundwater Conservation District is up and running. The body was created with the intent of monitoring and protecting the area’s supply of groundwater, but it must receive voter approval before it can fully perform its functions. State Rep. Paul Workman (R-Austin) tried to pass a bill in the last legislative session that would create a groundwater conservation district in the last portion of the Hill…

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As World Eyes Cape Town Water Crisis, Texas Study Explores New Options

As World Eyes Cape Town Water Crisis, Texas Study Explores New Options

It’s a resource so precious that human life can’t be sustained without it, yet so common most of us take it for granted. But water is becoming scarce, a growing problem stemming from wasteful usage and exacerbated by climate change. Cape Town, South Africa, is bracing for Day Zero, when its municipal water supply runs out – likely June 4. Closer to home, Los Angeles endured a record-setting, 3-year drought that ended, just barely, last year, while Georgia and Florida are locked in a…

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Texas Water Challenges film series premiers

Texas Water Challenges film series premiers

The Texas Water Roundtable has premiered the short film series, Texas Water Challenges. Five ten-minute films on contemporary water issues impacting Texas – water pricing and economics, new water, surface/groundwater coordination, water education, and Texas water challenges overview. The films were released January 2018 and will premiere at the State Capital Annex Auditorium on April 11th from 1-3pm. Click links below to watch: · Feature film all five topics (60 minutes): https://vimeo.com/250315889 · Texas Water Challenges (10 minutes): https://vimeo.com/250203877 · Water Economics and…

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