Louisiana may sell water to drought-stricken Texas

Hit by drought after drought, Texas is so parched that it’s asking its neighbors if they have any water to spare. Louisiana’s response: maybe, but it’ll cost you. This week, the state Water Resources Commission approved the formation of a group to study the idea of selling water to Texas and other states, possibly cashing in on another natural resource — along with oil, gas and fisheries – that Louisiana has in abundance. “The state only has a handful of…

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Symposium mulls ‘climate change’

Symposium mulls ‘climate change’

  • November 30, 2017
  • News

A Texas Water Symposium titled “Climate and Water in Central Texas: Planning for a Changing Resource,” was held earlier in November at Schreiner University and recorded for broadcasting on Texas Public Radio. The public was invited to the free symposium to hear moderator Weir Labatt and a panel of four experts discuss water conservation and climate change; and could ask questions after their presentations… Read more from Hill Country Community Journal

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Fast-growing Hays cities partner to build $225 million water pipeline

Fast-growing Hays cities partner to build $225 million water pipeline

Officials in Hays County cities and others along the Interstate 35 corridor are moving forward with a $225.8 million deal to secure a long-term water supply for the rapidly growing region. The coalition of agencies has permits in hand and financing underway to start construction next year on a 95-mile pipeline to pump groundwater from the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer east of Lockhart in Caldwell County. The pipeline will bring an additional 13 million gallons of water per day to San Marcos,…

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TCEQ Punts on Water Rights Fight on the San Saba River

TCEQ Punts on Water Rights Fight on the San Saba River

  • November 28, 2017
  • News

In the latest volley in a decade-long fight over water rights on the San Saba River in Central Texas, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has delayed implementing a permanent solution to ensure the river flows year round. As the Observer reported in October, a 40-mile stretch of the river has repeatedly dried up between Menard and Brady. Landowners who live downstream charge that their neighbors upstream are to blame for illegally pumping more water than their permits allow, and TCEQ hasn’t settled…

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Listen: Climate And Water: Planning For A Changing Resource

Listen: Climate And Water: Planning For A Changing Resource

  • November 16, 2017
  • News

The state’s expanding population, coupled with more extreme flooding events and drought cycles, is creating short-term management challenges and long-term planning uncertainty. We rely on prevailing climate patterns to plan for development, agriculture, and ranching, but those patterns are changing. On Thursday, November 9, the Texas Water Symposium opened its tenth season on the campus of Schreiner University in Kerrville by directly addressing for the first time the topic of climate change with a panel of scientists, agriculture experts and researchers.  Learn…

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Land office turns to private sector to develop water as new revenue stream

Revenues from the crude and natural gas found in the Delaware Basin are flowing into state coffers, benefiting the state’s general fund, transportation funding and the state’s public schools and universities, among others. Now, water is about to be added to the resource riches found in the Delaware that will benefit the state’s residents. The Texas General Land Office has signed a long-term agreement with Layne Christenson Co. to develop non-potable water resources owned by the office in Reeves and…

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Ahead of the curve

Hill Country stakeholders proactively create Upper Llano River Watershed Protection Plan. Composed of the North and South Llano rivers, the Upper Llano River is known as a Hill Country treasure. Its near-pristine flows provide a healthy ecosystem supporting a variety of aquatic communities and numerous recreational opportunities. To sustain the river’s pristine condition, local stakeholders partnered with the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB), soil and water conservation districts, groundwater conservation districts, Texas Tech University Llano River Field Station, Texas Water Resource…

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Water Myths Debunked

Myth: Our water supply is infinite. If only that were true. Remember the water cycle? Evaporation and transpiration, condensation, precipitation. Repeat. Unfortunately, we are limited to the water that is available to us now—the same water that our ancestors drank and the dinosaurs swam in thousands of years before them. There is no new water. We know from the 2017 State Water Plan that our existing water supplies that can be relied on during drought are declining, but population is increasing. That’s why…

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The Cities Of The 21st Century Will Be Defined By Water

The Cities Of The 21st Century Will Be Defined By Water

“Now as cities wrestle with the reality of more intense storms, more flooding, and more water to manage, low-impact development is earning renewed recognition as an essential mechanism to help them become more resilient. It’s emblematic of a broader philosophical shift in how architects, engineers, and planners think about water: as a resource to live with, instead of pushing away. And as Houston begins to recover, experts are pushing for the city–and others–to adopt the same ethos.” Read more from fastcodesign.com

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Five large cities invest in upstream conservation to improve water quality for their residents

Five large cities invest in upstream conservation to improve water quality for their residents

  • September 25, 2017
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Since 2007, urban areas have been home to more than half the global population—a proportion that is expected to rise. Growing cities are putting pressure on the lakes and rivers on which they depend for water. But the needs of nature don’t have to be in conflict with human needs. By funding conservation projects upstream, cities around the world are finding that they can protect the natural environment and ensure they have clean, reliable water supplies. The approach starts with addressing…

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