2012 Water Planning News

December 17, 2012 Behind the scary water headlines It’s hard to look at any media in Texas today without being confronted by a dire outlook on the state’s water future. The jarring effects of a deep drought and the steep price tag attached to the state’s water plan definitely make for attention-grabbing copy. But for those who care about sustainable management of our limited water resources, property rights and fiscal discipline in the state budget, it’s worth a look behind…

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2012 Water Conservation News

  • September 26, 2012
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December 9, 2012 Water Conservation Matters – even with no drought What Mike says to San Angelo can apply throughout the Hill Country, “If San Angelo and the region are to continue to survive and prosper economically and if Texas is to be sustainable with its limited water resources, then residents must learn to conserve water all the time — not just in drought situations.” Learn More September 26, 2012 SAWS to Take Water Conservation Outside: Just Say “NO” to Automatic…

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2012 Rainwater News

  • September 26, 2012
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December 9, 2012 Water Conservation Matters – even with no drought What Mike says to San Angelo can apply throughout the Hill Country, “If San Angelo and the region are to continue to survive and prosper economically and if Texas is to be sustainable with its limited water resources, then residents must learn to conserve water all the time — not just in drought situations.” Learn More November 21, 2012 TWDB Accepting Applications for the 2012 Texas Rain Catcher Award Applications…

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2012 Groundwater News

December 12, 2012 In Central Texas, a rush to secure water rights Amid a persistent drought that has rattled Texans about water supplies, cities and investors are jockeying to purchase millions of gallons of underground water and pipe it to rapidly growing communities. More from Statesman.com October 16, 2012 Austin voters to consider water quality protection purchases on November ballot “Development-rights deals keep the land in private hands and typically involve no access to the general public.” This is one of…

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A fiscal conservative’s manifesto against sprawl

“But, while my concern with sprawling growth patterns was rooted in their effect on the landscape, on the environment, and on severely compromised populations left behind, Chuck is all about the money. As Thoughts on Building Strong Towns makes quite clear, Chuck believes that sprawl is a Ponzi scheme and we the taxpayers are the ones left holding the empty bags.” More from Kaid Benfield.

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August 2012 News Archive

  • August 31, 2012
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August 28, 2012 Hill Country River and Stream Angler Survey Underway Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Inland Fisheries Division is partnering with Texas Tech University’s Department of Biological Sciences and the TTU Llano River Field Station to conduct a four-month survey of anglers who fish Texas Hill Country rivers and streams. Details August 27, 2012 Groundwater deals may land LCRA in a quagmire With the Aug. 15 announcement that it wanted to purchase 34,000 acres belonging to an aluminum smelting…

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July 2012 News Archive

  • July 31, 2012
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July 30, 2012 Save It for a Sunny Day Hard-packed, fractured stretches of bone-dry earth and pale, cloudless skies with months of unrelenting heat isn’t exactly an appropriate backdrop for a conversation about rainwater harvesting. Or is it? Sanjeev Kalaswad, rainwater harvesting coordinator with the Texas Water Development Board and a leading proponent of rainwater harvesting in the state, thinks it’s just the right context for enlightening Texans about collecting and storing rainwater.Read more from Texas Co-op Power. July 25,…

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June 2012 News Archives

  • June 30, 2012
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June 25, 2012 EAA Declares Stage 4 for Uvalde Pool The Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA ), for the first time in its history, has declared Stage IV mandatory pumping reductions for Edwards Aquifer users within the Uvalde Pool (Uvalde County). Read more from AACOG. Life by the Drop: Drought, Water and the Future of Texas Drought may be a part of life in Texas, but last year’s crisis left an indelible mark on the state and raised tough questions about…

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May 2012 News Archive

May 31, 2012 Southern Great Plains could run out of groundwater in 30 years, study finds Key farming regions in the US are drawing water from underground sources at unsustainable rates, with slightly more than one-third of the southern Great Plains at risk of tapping out its sources within the next 30 years. Read more from scmonitor.com. May 29, 2012 Rainwater Revival Extends Application Deadline for Classroom Grants Elementary and Middle Schools in 17 Hill Country counties now have until…

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2012 Drought News

November 21, 2012 LCRA hands down compromise emergency drought order “The water release planning for 2013 has been the subject of a collision of interests as drought drags on in the region,” Read the Statesman report here. This decision is described as “incomprehensible” by some, read the news from the Highland Lakes Highlander here. The bottom line is that everyone needs to conserve and start thinking a whole new way about water use, this battle has just begun. September 20, 2012 Drought…

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