Learn more about groundwater policy and management at the Texas Groundwater Summit

Learn more about groundwater policy and management at the Texas Groundwater Summit

The Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts (TAGD) will host their 4th Annual Groundwater Summit August 25-27, 2015 at the Embassy Suites San Marcos  — Register Today! The event provides a great mix of expert presentations on all areas of groundwater management and networking opportunities for the groundwater community.  The program will include a glance into the 84th Legislative Session, as well as sessions on brackish groundwater, aquifer storage and recovery, well drilling and enforcement, energy and groundwater, joint planning, and…

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Texas Facing Major Climate Change Impacts, Study Finds

Texas Facing Major Climate Change Impacts, Study Finds

  • July 29, 2015
  • News

Texas probably will see a sharp increase in heat-related deaths and coastal storm-related losses in the coming decades if nothing is done to mitigate a changing climate, according to a new study commissioned by a bipartisan group of prominent policymakers and company executives aiming to spawn concern – and action – in the business community over the much-debated warming trend. The study is the third region-specific analysis by the so-called Risky Business Project, an eclectic coalition led by former banker and U.S.…

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Reforming the Endangered Species Act: Industry Groups Seek to Dismantle Our Country’s Most Purposeful Conservation Tool

Reforming the Endangered Species Act: Industry Groups Seek to Dismantle Our Country’s Most Purposeful Conservation Tool

  • July 27, 2015
  • News

Recognizing that, as a “consequence of economic growth and development,” many “species of fish wildlife and plants” in the United States are on the brink of extinction, Congress passed the Endangered Species Act in 1973 with overwhelming bipartisan support. Today, the Endangered Species Act is supported by the majority of Americans, yet it is facing unprecedented attempts by industry groups and Congressional Republicans to undermine the law’s protections and reform its procedure. Environmentalists’ recent efforts to protect numerous species and large…

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Pedernales Newsletter Shares News and Events from the Basin

Pedernales Newsletter Shares News and Events from the Basin

  • July 20, 2015
  • News

The third installment of the Hill Country Alliance’s new Pedernales Newsletter went out on July 14th and included some exciting updates about projects in the Pedernales basin. The Pedernales Newsletter is sent via email once a month to landowners, residents and friends of the river. If you are interested in subscribing, please email Katherine Romans at katherine@hillcountryalliance.org. Download the July 2015 Pedernales Newsletter

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Story series on Texas Groundwater Depletion Launches

Story series on Texas Groundwater Depletion Launches

  • July 20, 2015
  • News

State’s surface waters originate from groundwater, yet fractured resource management means both may become less reliable: The Texas Center for Policy Studies recently launched Our Desired Future, a multimedia project to educate Texans on the interconnections between water above and below ground and what Texans can do to keep water flowing for future generations. Even as the drought has broken across most of Texas, the long-term overdraft of the state’s groundwater basins continues unabated. Groundwater accounts for 60% of the water…

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The Connecting Thread

The Connecting Thread

The behavior of water on and beneath private land is the key to preserving water for Texans in the 21st century and into the 22nd, a grand challenge that is uniquely Texan. Other western states have urban populations far removed from their water sources, but that’s where the similarities end. In California, Colorado, New Mexico and their western neighbors, water starts as snow in mountain ranges on federal lands, and is piped to distant cities through massive infrastructure managed by…

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Keeping Houses Out of Texas Floodwaters Could Cost Billions

Keeping Houses Out of Texas Floodwaters Could Cost Billions

  • July 20, 2015
  • News

Back on May 26th, Houston woke up to flooded freeways and neighborhoods as bayous overflowed their banks. In the Texas Hill Country, homes and bridges washed away and levees broke. But super-heavy rainfall is nothing new in Texas and in fact, it was years earlier that experts had warned that the state was doing dangerously little to minimize flood damage. “We gave flood control the grade of D,” said Curtis Beitel, president of the Texas chapter of the American Society…

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2015 Eco-Summit Series “Teaming With Wildlife” begins July 24 in San Antonio

2015 Eco-Summit Series “Teaming With Wildlife” begins July 24 in San Antonio

  • July 14, 2015
  • News

This summer, in an effort to keep common wildlife common and avoid endangered species, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is partnering with the nonprofit Teaming With Wildlife Coalition to offer four, full-day Eco-Summit forums throughout Texas. Anyone interested in advancing conservation in Texas is invited to attend. The Eco-Summits will launch the re-branded state Teaming With Wildlife Coalition, facilitate local and regional conservation partnerships, and begin to implement TPWD’s Texas Conservation Action Plan. Here is the meeting schedule: San…

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Keep Texas Wild: Protect Golden-cheeked Warbler

Keep Texas Wild: Protect Golden-cheeked Warbler

  • July 13, 2015
  • News

Joan Marshall, Travis Audubon Society: Texas is known for our Wild West spirit. But if several moneyed interest groups have their way, Texas will become much less wild. As the American-Statesman reported July 2, several groups backed by former Texas Comptroller Susan Combs filed a petition with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to delist the golden-cheeked warbler from the endangered species list. These groups seek to open large sections of Central Texas to more development. What is standing in…

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