2013 Water Quality News

  • September 26, 2013
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December 18, 2013 The Examiner speaks of direct discharge as a Hill Country “Land Heist.” “Terrell Graham and his wife’s family have owned their ranch in the Texas Hill Country for over 100 years. It’s remained a working farm and cattle ranch, and now Texas state government is stealing their land so private developers can discharge treated sewage from 1,500 new homes into the Lux family’s dry creek bed.” Link to this alarming article by Terry Hall here. Direct discharge permits are…

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2013 Water Planning News

  • September 26, 2013
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December 5, 2013 A new path forward for TWDB On Sept. 1, 2013, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) began serving the citizens of Texas under a new management structure with three full-time Board members. Between that time and the successful passage of Proposition 6 on Nov. 5, both the new Board members and agency staff have been hard at work preparing to implement the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas and to respond to other new legislation. Read More November…

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2013 Water Conservation News

  • September 26, 2013
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October 20, 2013 Which activities use the most water? In April, 2013, New Braunfels Utilities (NBU), utility provider for the New Braunfels area, created a water usage exhibit to educate the community on which activities use the most water. Learn More August 15, 2013 Arid Southwest Cities’ Plea: Lose the Lawn In hopes of enticing, or forcing, residents to abandon the scent of freshly cut grass, cities in this parched region have offered homeowners ever-increasing amounts to replace their lawns with…

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2013 Rainwater News

  • September 26, 2013
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  December 13, 2013 2014 Kent S. Butler Memorial Groundwater Stewardship Scholarship Essay Contest The Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (BSEACD) is now soliciting applications and essays for the 2014 Kent S. Butler Memorial Groundwater Stewardship Scholarship Essay Contest through Tuesday, March 18, 2014. The essay contest is open to high school juniors, seniors, and immediate graduates who reside in the Austin, Eanes, Dripping Springs, Hays Consolidated, Del Valle, and Lockhart school districts. Learn More December 4, 2013 For Groundwater, Political…

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2013 Groundwater News

February 10, 2013 Kudos to SAWS, but Day case is the real problem, not GCDs “Kudos are due to SAWS President and CEO Robert Puente for choosing a closer-to-home strategy that, along with continued efficiency improvements, will help the City meet its water needs far into the future. Here is hoping that the SAWS board and the Mayor give full support to this sensible approach. But, in the press release announcing the decision, SAWS expressed concern about the role of…

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August 2013 News Archive

  • August 31, 2013
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August 29, 2013 Texas Groundwater Districts Face Bevy of Challenges As groundwater managers from across the state met recently to discuss the numerous challenges they face, talk of legislative changes to water financing and a campaign to convince voters to allow more of it was eclipsed by more pressing issues. Details August 28, 2013 Austin lawn incentive Austin may not be quite as eager as Los Angeles to have homeowners rip out their St. Augustine, but the Texas capital is…

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July 2013 News Archive

  • July 31, 2013
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July 24, 2013 Texas Drought Forecast to Continue, Perhaps For Years National meteorologists expect the drought to continue or worsen through late summer and early fall in Texas, and ocean patterns are troublingly similar to those during the “drought of record” in the 1950s. More from State Impact. Texas Community Without Water Still Waiting For a Solution Early last year, Spicewood Beach became the first Texas town to run out of water during the current drought. Since then, the Lower…

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June 2013 News Archive

  • June 30, 2013
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June 25, 2013 How dry we are Thanks to the drought and Texas’ unprecedented population growth, the race is on across the state for new water supplies. Even San Antonio, the poster child for water conservation, is eyeing Val Verde County, a Wild West territory where groundwater is plentiful and regulation nonexistent. Read more from Sharlene Leurig, published in Texas Monthly. June 24, 2013 Hays County Neighbors are outraged over sports complex lighting “Remember that Hays County has very limited…

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May 2013 News Archive

May 31, 2013 Texas rainwater harvesting at a crossroads – a town hall meeting, June 15 H.B. 2062 as introduced could have set rainwater harvesting back ten years. But because of the dedicated work of a small group of rainwater professionals, the worst of H.B. 2062 (for the rainwater community) appears to have been struck. Next time could be different – very different, and very bad. A forum has been scheduled to begin organizing for effective, pro-active, rainwater harvesting advocacy…

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2013 Drought news

September 29, 2013 Running Dry Express-News staff photographer Bob Owen and staff writer Richard Oliver traveled the state from May through September to tell the stories of people whose lives have been changed by the drought. Read the four-part series. July 24, 2013 Texas Drought Forecast to Continue, Perhaps For Years National meteorologists expect the drought to continue or worsen through late summer and early fall in Texas, and ocean patterns are troublingly similar to those during the “drought of record”…

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